New York - Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough has been selected the Big East player of the year and Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey was chosen as the league's coach of the year.
The announcements were made Tuesday at Madison Square Garden on the opening day of the conference tournament.
Hansbrough averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game during the regular season, good for third in the league. He and Brey led the surprising Irish (25-5) to a 14-4 conference record and a second-place finish behind No. 3 Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-3 senior beat out some stiff competition for player of the year in the nation's most rugged conference, including Connecticut's Kemba Walker and Dwight Hardy of St. John's.
Hansbrough's older brother, Tyler, was the national player of the year at North Carolina in 2008.
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