ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Michigan men’s basketball sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) has been named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, as announced today (Monday, March 10) by the conference office. He shares the award with Nebraska’s Shavon Shields.
Stauskas, who’s four weekly honor is the most for any Big Ten player this season, was instrumental in U-M claiming its first outright Big Ten title in 28 years. The shooting guard averaged 22.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assist per game, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (14-for-24) and a stellar 61.5 percent from long range (8-for-13) in wins over Illinois (March 4) and Indiana (March 8). He was also 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
U-M clinched the outright title with its seventh road win on the season at Illinois paced behind Stauskas’ game-high 24 points. He finished the game with a new career-high seven three-point field goals made, closing 7-for-9 from behind the arc. He added two rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes of action.
Ending the week, Stauskas led U-M to its fifth straight win after an 84-80 victory over Indiana at Crisler Center. The victory helped U-M close 15-3 in Big Ten play — the most conference wins since 1992. Stauskas led U-M with 21 points going 6-for-13 from the field, but his key free throws down the stretch, going 8-for-9, helped the Wolverines to the win. He added two more rebounds, two assists and a block in 35 minutes.
Stauskas and the Wolverines earned the program’s first No. 1 seed in Big Ten Tournament history as well as their fifth first-round bye in 17 Big Ten Tournament appearances. U-M will open the 2014 Big Ten Tournament on Friday (March 14) at noon against the winner of the match-up between No. 8 seed Indiana and No. 9 seed Illinois.