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Teddy Allen Named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention, Thorbjarnarson Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Media name Allen to Honorable Mention team, Thor is nominee for Sportsmanship Award

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Despite his early departure from the team, Teddy “Buckets” Allen was named by media to the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention team. Allen is the second player under head coach Fred Hoiberg to earn All-Big Ten honors, and the second who has departed the team prior to the conclusion of the season. Guard Cam Mack last year also earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors last year per the media ballot.

Allen played in 22 games, including 21 starts. He averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game, had eight 20-point games, including a career 41-point effort against Penn State on Feb. 21. Allen announced his departure from the program on March 1.

Given his lack of defensive accolades and a propensity to commit flagrant fouls against opposing teams early in the season when he would get frustrated, it is not a huge surprise Allen did not garner any votes on the coaches’ ballots. However, his at times elite three-point scoring is hard to detract from when he was hot from deep.

Thorbjarnarson was honored for his performance on the court and in the classroom. This season, he played in all 26 games, including 11 starts. Thor is averaging 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.

Thorbjarnarson has been a rising power over the last three weeks for the Huskers, setting personal bests in points (10), rebounds (eight), assists (six), and steals (four) during the Huskers’ last four games dating back to Feb. 27. A two-year starter, he is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2020.

Senior Haanif Cheatham was the Huskers’ Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree last season.