Carmichael Named Valley Player of the Week
Jan. 28, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State senior forward Jackie Carmichael is the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.
Carmichael received the honor for the third time this season and the fifth time in his career, after averaging 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in wins against Indiana State and Evansville last week. The Manhattan, Kan., native earned his 30th-career double-double and 10th of the season during ISU's victory over Evansville on Jan. 26.
Against the Purple Aces, Carmichael was 8-for-10 from the field (80.0 percent) and 8-for-12 at the free throw line (66.7 percent), as he netted a game-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, with three blocked shots and one assist. Carmichael put the Redbirds ahead early, scoring Illinois State's first six points. He also helped ISU gain momentum going into the locker room with a fade-away jumper just before the halftime buzzer.
Carmichael finished the first half with 10 points and 10 rebounds. After Evansville took a two-point lead midway through the second half, Carmichael scored four-straight points with a pair of free throws and a two-handed dunk followed by a block, to permanently pull the Redbirds in front. He netted six more points in the final 4:11 to secure the victory.
In Illinois State's win against Indiana State on Jan. 23, Carmichael scored 16 points with nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. With the game tied, 8-8, he recorded a steal, a layup, an assist and a block during a 64-second span to help the Redbirds take an early lead. In the second half, with the game tied again, 33-33, Carmichael regained Illinois State's advantage with seven-straight points on a slam dunk followed by three free throws, a layup and a rebound.
After Indiana State retook a two-point advantage with less than five minutes to play, Carmichael slammed another dunk to tie the game. He later hit a pressure-packed free throw with five seconds remaining, to increase Illinois State's lead to 60-58, which proved to be the final score.
Carmichael has now netted double figures in 19 out of 21 games this year and 65 during his career. He has also grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times this season, plus he has seven games with three or more blocks, including four out of the last five. Carmichael is now averaging a team-high 18.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Along with holding the career-blocked shots record (177), the senior forward ranks 14th on ISU's career-scoring list, with 1,386 points, 10th on the career-field goal percentage list with a 52.1 percent clip, fifth on the career-free throws list with 369, and sixth on the career-rebounding list with 834. He also ranks fourth on the Redbird career double-doubles list behind Billy Lewis (31), Jeff Wilkins (42) and Ron DeVries (50).
Carmichael and the Redbirds will try to extend their three-game winning streak, when the Redbirds travel to Peoria, Ill., for a matchup against rival Bradley Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Valley-TV. ISU will return to Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena to host Southern Illinois Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. Saturday's game will coincide with Retro Night and the Taste of Redbirds. Tickets are available by calling (309) 438-8000.
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