NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) were recognized as part of the OVC Weekly Honors, the league office announced Monday.
Windler was named OVC Player of the Week while Muszynski was named OVC Freshman of the Week.
Windler averaged 23.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game on 56 percent shooting in leading Belmont to victories over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin this past week. The 6-8 guard/forward has double-doubles in each of his last three games, including his 23 point-16 rebound performance vs. Southeast Missouri in which he secured a double-double with two minutes remaining in the first half.
Windler has 28 career double-doubles, including four this season with 30 or more points. The Indianapolis native ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.1) and third in points per game (19.3).
He is one of only five NCAA Division I men's basketball players in the nation averaging 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game entering February.
Windler shared the honor with Terry Taylor of Austin Peay.
Muszynski averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game on 67 percent shooting this past week. The 6-11 center had an ultra-efficient outing vs. Southeast Missouri, scoring a career-high 27 points on only 12 field goal attempts, adding six rebounds and two blocked shots. Muszynski had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. UT Martin for his second career double-double. Muszynski leads the OVC and ranks top 20 nationally in field goal percentage and blocked shots per game.
This marks Muszynski's fifth OVC Freshman of the Week award; he was also honored Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 14 and Jan. 21.
Belmont (17-4) returns to game action Thursday at Eastern Kentucky.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.