For the first time in the 55 year history of the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year award, a Michigan State Spartan has been declared the winner.

Denzel Valentine was awarded the AP player of the year award on Thursday after beating out Buddy Hield of Oklahoma in a close vote (34-31 of 65 total voters on the panel).

Voting was conducted before the NCAA Tournament began.

Denzel Valentine has now taken six player of the year awards this season to Buddy Hield's two. This AP award is arguably the most prestigious that has been announced thus far.

Denzel's award cabinet includes Player of the Year honors from the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches), USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, Basketball Times, and now the AP.

Buddy's award cabinet includes Player of the Year Honors from the Sporting News and CBS Sports.

Two more major awards are set to be unveiled later this week. The Oscar Robertson award will be given away on Friday and the Naismith award winner will be announced on Sunday.

Even if they don't go Denzel's way, he will have won 6-4 in major College Basketball Player of the Year awards at worst case scenario.