By Dylan Burkhardt | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Nik Stauskas and John Beilein were interviewed on the Big Ten Network after collecting some All-Big Ten hardware. Stauskas was named Big Ten Player of the Year while Beilein shared the Coach of the Year award with Nebraska’s Tim Miles.
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm
Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas was named Big Ten Player of the Year this evening. Stauskas was selected as Player of the Year by both coaches and the media. (Photo: Chris Smith)
Michigan has won the award in back-to-back seasons after Trey Burke took home the honor last season. Before Burke was honored last season, the last Wolverine to win Big Ten Player of the Year was Glen Rice in 1989.
Stauskas averaged 17 points and 3.5 assists per game in Big Ten games, helping the Wolverines win the Big Ten outright by three games. He was lethally efficient as his shot chart shows here. He was the only unanimous selection on the All-Big Ten First Team by both coaches and media. Stauskas was also named a 2nd team All-American by The Sporting News earlier today.
Wolverine sophomoreCaris LeVert was named All-Big Ten Second Team by both the media and coaches. Freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. was named to the Big Ten’s five man All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Michigan head coach John Beilein and Nebraska coach Tim Miles will share Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Beilein was selected by the media and Miles was selected by the coaches.
This is the fourth time a Michigan coach has been voted as the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Johnny Orr received the award in 1974 and 1977 while Bill Frieder won the award in 1985.
Beilein led Michigan, who started the season 6-4 and lost Preseason All-American Mitch McGary to a back injury, to a 15-3 record in conference play. The Wolverines won their first outright title since 1986 despite having the youngest team in the conference.
Glenn Robinson IIIearned Honorable Mention from both the coaches and media for the second consecutive season.
By Dylan Burkhardt | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm
The 2013-14 All-Big Ten teams will be announced at 6 p.m. (eastern) tonight on the Big Ten Network, but we’re selecting our own team before the show. Here are our top five players in the conference, including the Big Ten Player of the Year, along with highlighted shot charts and statistics.
Nik Stauskas wasn’t just the best player on the best team in the Big Ten, he was the most complete offensive player in the Big Ten. His offensive efficiency – 123 points per 100 possessions – is unparalleled for a wing player that dominates the ball. Stauskas uses fewer possessions than the average scoring guard, but still managed to reach score 20 points or more in seven games and 15 points or more in 12 of 18 games.
By Joe Stapleton | 2013-14 Season | Posted on March 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm
John Beilein was available to speak with the media via the Big Ten coaches conference call on Monday. The coach talked about winning the Big Ten, how he calls plays and more. you can read the full transcript of the call below. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
Opening statement: “It was another good week for us and we’re thrilled to have clinched this (Big Ten) championship outright this past Tuesday and beat a good Indiana team on Saturday in really a tremendous atmosphere here in Crisler. Our guys are excited. We’ll be back at practice today and next week and know that we’ll have difficult challenges but great opportunities in the Big Ten tournament.”
On the possibility of playing Illinois or Indiana in second-round game of Big Ten tournament: “Yeah, but I think that probably goes for all three teams. There’s a familiarity. When we were playing Illinois this past Tuesday, we hadn’t seen them all year long and it was a single play. Indiana we hadn’t played in a month. The fact that we just played those two, it helps all three teams just as far as the recall of the different plays people run and the personnel, they’ll recall it better. It has probably very little effect on the play in the game because all three teams are in the same deal.”
Michigan wrapped up the outright Big Ten Championship in style last week with wins over Illinois and Indiana. The Wolverines did eventually top the table in efficiency margin, but are still a rare offense-first Big Ten champion. Michigan finished with the fourth most efficient Big Ten offense of the KenPom era (2003+).
But the Wolverines were by far the worst defensive team to win the Big Ten Championship in the KenPom era. Michigan’s 2012 and 2014 teams are two of the three worst defensive teams to earn at least a share of the title since 2003.