B1G Player of the Year tracker: Marble at No. 1

Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris topped my initial list last week, but it’s Iowa’s Devyn Marble on top this week. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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1. Devyn Marble, Iowa – 42%, 16.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg. While Gary Harris and Nik Stauskas are struggling from the field, Marble is fresh off an impressive 26-point effort (6-of-10 on 3-pointers) in Iowa’s gigantic win vs. then-No. 16 Michigan. When he’s on, he’s as prolific as any Big Ten scorer.
Last week: No. 3

2. Gary Harris, Michigan State – 41%, 17.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. Even Harris admitted his 3-of-20 performance in Sunday’s loss at Wisconsin was pitiful. In the last four games, the sophomore has hit just 18-of- 61 shots (29.5 percent). He was 24-of-38 (63 percent) in the previous three.
Last week: No. 1

3. Terran Petteway, Nebraska – 45%, 17.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg. Petteway’s run of consecutive games in double digits (17) ended in Wednesday’s blowout loss at Michigan. But, the Nebraska star bounced back with 17 points Saturday to help the Huskers rally past Northwestern and card their first Big Ten road win.
Last week: No. 4

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4. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 49%, 17.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.7 apg. It’s hard to believe, but Stauskas has made just five field goals over the last three games. Even more troubling, perhaps: He’s averaged only five shot attempts during the funk. Have Big Ten teams figured out how to defend Stauskas? Has Stauskas hit a wall? Whatever the case, he’s struggling in all facets.
Last week: No. 2

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana – 43%, 17.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.0 apg. The Hoosiers have won just two of their last six since upsetting Wisconsin, but no one can blame Ferrell. After all, the point guard is doing it on both ends of the floor and averaging 16.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 triples per game.
Last week: No. 5

Others considered: Noah Vonleh, Indiana; Aaron White, Iowa; Drew Crawford, Northwestern; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin.

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Your Opinion?
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AJ Morgan on 2/10/2014 @ 4:19pm EDT Said:

I believe Gary Harris will bounce back and get back to being the front runner while Stauskas might be quiet again on Tuesday that is if Aaron Craft or Shannon Scott who are smaller guards can defend him very well.

Ben on 2/10/2014 @ 4:19pm EDT Said:

Adrian Payne? Not even for others considered?

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor on 2/10/2014 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

    Ben – Adreian was my preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. He just hasn’t played enough games yet to be on this list. He’ll be on future ones, though, if he stays healthy, that’s for sure.

Chuck on 2/10/2014 @ 4:36pm EDT Said:

Marble deserves it. He has been great for TWO years

AJ Morgan on 2/10/2014 @ 4:37pm EDT Said:

Marble and Stauskas have not played consistently all season and I know Gary Harris hasn’t either but Harris will bounce back if Marble and Stauskas are both on the road this week so if they struggle then Gary Harris is back in front.

JJ on 2/10/2014 @ 4:47pm EDT Said:


boo little on 2/10/2014 @ 4:49pm EDT Said:

guess I thought Ohio St played Michigan tomorrow…..not Michigan St……: )

boo little on 2/10/2014 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

Bucks are hurting this year…..they will make tourney…..but be like at 9 or 10 seed…..but player of year so far should go to Payne after he gets enough minutes under his belt!!

Bill Christensen on 2/10/2014 @ 5:01pm EDT Said:

As a Badger fan after watching MSU/Wisconsin, in my opinion Adreian Payne is far and away the best player in the conference.

Grant on 2/10/2014 @ 5:13pm EDT Said:

Pettaway may not win POY, but he should win MVP, w/o him the Huskers are way at the bottom looking up, and when I say way, I mean waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down there.

akble on 2/10/2014 @ 5:15pm EDT Said:

Not sure how you think Marble has not been consistent. He has been in double figures scoring every B10 game. Not a lot of 20pt games but not needed normally in Iowa’s system. When push comes to pull and decides to take game over has been very effective.

bryan on 2/10/2014 @ 5:32pm EDT Said:

Payne???? Best injured player of the year maybe…

theotherbigone on 2/10/2014 @ 5:59pm EDT Said:

Marble has been consistent – and he is not playing nearly the minutes like many of these other players – and his numbers are still high.

Bob on 2/10/2014 @ 6:37pm EDT Said:

Adrian Payne hands

AJ Morgan on 2/10/2014 @ 9:37pm EDT Said:

Marble and Stauskas are on the road this week and they’re gonna struggle, which means Gary Harris will be back to being the Front Runner.

LJ on 2/10/2014 @ 10:51pm EDT Said:

Marble, if he continues at his present pace.

bob on 2/11/2014 @ 8:34am EDT Said:

When you show what Harris has done the last 4 games, how on earth can he be #2 above some others. Wow

Tom on 2/11/2014 @ 1:12pm EDT Said:

Marble should be MVP if Iowa finishes 1st or 2nd in conference which they will

Luke on 2/11/2014 @ 8:06pm EDT Said:

Marble has been playing at a high level for two years now. He’s been as consistent as any of the other contenders. His numbers may even be hurt by Iowa’s system of giving multiple players big minutes. Stauskas is probably #2 even w/ his recent shutdown. Harris also could be there.

DD on 2/12/2014 @ 12:22am EDT Said:

Marble hands down. The best leader for his team out of the group listed.

Connor on 2/12/2014 @ 2:39am EDT Said:

Marble. His scoring average is higher in B1G play than it was during non-conference. Averaging something like 17.6 in B1G.

pat on 2/12/2014 @ 12:55pm EDT Said:

Adrian Payne is a great player but has played 1 game so far. He will have to show more. Marble and Harris have been the most consistent in the league. With out either player MSU and Iowa would not be as successful. I call it a two horse race right now

Phil on 2/13/2014 @ 6:08pm EDT Said:

Surprised by the Adreian Payne comments. He’s missed 7 games and has been fairly inconsistent in the games he has played in. 4 points on 2 of 6 shooting in 25 minutes against Indiana. 5 points on 2 of 5 shooting in 25 minutes against Penn State. 4 points on 1 of 6 shooting in 25 minutes against Oklahoma. He had a nice game against Wisconsin (other than the 6 TOs) so that might be fresh on people’s minds. Marble, on the other hand, has scored double-digits in all 11 B1G games, while scoring 20+ in 4 of those games.