Jan. 21, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marks [Mass.]) has been named the Big Ten's Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office today (Tuesday, Jan. 21). It marks the first conference Player of the Week honor after he earned three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards last season.
Stauskas helped the Wolverines to a pair of victories last week as U-M defeated Penn State, 80-67, and upset No. 3 Wisconsin, 77-70, at the Kohl Center. After posting back-to-back 20-plus point games, he averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. For the week, he shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.
Opening the week against Penn State (Jan. 14), Stauskas scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while handing out five assists against zero turnovers and pulling down six rebounds. He closed the week scoring a game-high 23 points in the win at Wisconsin (Jan. 18).
Stauskas closed the thrilling conference game scoring U-M's final 11 points including a dramatic step-back three-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to help the Wolverines take the lead for good and win its first game in Madison in 15 years. He dished out four assists, corralled four rebounds, tied a career high with two blocks and had one steal.
Currently, Stauskas leads the Big Ten in scoring at 18.0 points per game, and leads the conference with eight 20-point games.
The Maize and Blue returns to Ann Arbor this Wednesday (Jan. 22) as Iowa comes to the Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will televised on Big Ten Network. [ Limited Tickets Available ]
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423