Minnesota center Daniel Oturu, left, drives to the basket past Northwestern guard Pat Spencer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

INDIANAPOLIS – A pair of Minnesota sophomores were recognized among the best in the conference Monday, as center Daniel Oturu and guard Marcus Carr received All-Big Ten recognition. Oturu was selected to the All-Big Ten second team in separate voting panels by the head coaches and the media, while Carr earned a spot on the All-Big Ten third team by the media vote. Additionally, Oturu was selected to the five-man Big Ten All-Defensive Team, as chosen by the head coaches.

Oturu put together one of the finest seasons in Minnesota basketball history. The Woodbury, Minn., native averaged 20 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while blocking 2.5 shots per contest, figures which ranked second, first and first in the conference respectively. Oturu’s field goal percentage of 56.2 was also tops in the conference, while he was second with 18 double-doubles on the year. He set a new school record with 226 rebounds in Big Ten play, besting Jordan Murphy’s year-old mark of 218, and is on pace for the second-best scoring average among Gopher sophomores, behind Mychal Thompson’s mark of 25.9 points per game.

He reached double digits in scoring in all but one game, tallying 16 games with 20-plus points and twice eclipsing the 30-point mark. Oturu, who started every game, ranks fourth in the conference and tops among big men in minutes played.

Carr, who debuted in the Maroon and Gold after transferring from Pittsburgh and redshirting last season, set new single-season program records with 202 assists, including 130 dimes in conference play. He wrapped up the regular season second in the conference and eighth nationally with 6.7 assists per game, and tied for second with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.5. The Toronto, Ontario native led the conference in minutes played, starting every game and averaging better than 37 minutes of court time per contest. Carr also ranks second on the Gophers, scoring 15.5 points per game. He has 23 games with double-digit scoring including eight 20-point outings and and four double-doubles.

The duo’s selection marks the fourth straight year that the Gophers have placed at least one player on the All-Big Ten teams, after not doing so since 2013. Oturu is just the third player in program history to earn a spot on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, joining Damian Johnson (2019) and Reggie Lynch (2017).

Additionally, senior forward Michael Hurt was recognized as Minnesota’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.

The Gophers open postseason play on Wednesday, facing Northwestern in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Tip-off from Bankers Life Fieldhouse is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.


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