Player of the Year Tracker: Petteway on way up

Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker. For the second consecutive week Iowa’s Devyn Marble tops the list. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, however, is breathing down Marble’s neck. 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 – 41%, 16.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg. The sign of a great player is being able to produce and impact the game when you don’t have your shot. Against Penn State, Marble scored 15 points despite making two shots and added two steals, his third multi-steal game in the last four games.
Last week: No. 1

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2. Terran Petteway, Nebraska – 44%, 17.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1 spg, 0.7 blk. Petteway poured in a game-high 23 points in Nebraska’s stunning upset at No. 9 Michigan State. The sophomore sensation hit several clutch shots, including a trio of off-balance treys.
Last week: No. 3

3. Gary Harris, Michigan State – 41%, 17.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. Harris continues to impact the game on both ends, but he’d be more effective if he opted to drive instead of hoisting  up so many 3-pointers. The sophomore is attempting nearly seven 3s over the last six games, making just 10-of-41 (24 percent).
Last week: No. 2

4. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 48%, 16.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg. It’s almost impossible to believe, but Stauskas hasn’t hit more than four shots in a game the last five times out; in fact, he’s averaged 2.6 field goals and 10.2 points during the funk.
Last week: No. 4

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana – 43%, 17.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg. Sometimes, it seems, it’s Ferrell or nothing for struggling Indiana. The point guard averaged 21.5 points in two losses this past week, however his assist total continues to sit under four because he doesn’t have reliable scorers around him.
Last week: No. 5

Others considered: Aaron White, Iowa; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin.

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Bob Jones on 2/18/2014 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

Right now, no question Petteway is BIG’s best player, and he is just a sophomore and improving rapidly.

Larry V on 2/18/2014 @ 7:33pm EDT Said:

No question Petteway is deserving. What a steal for Nebraska to get him. I wonder, why did he transfer from Texas Tech.

    Bob Jones on 2/18/2014 @ 7:59pm EDT Said:

    Coaching change mainly, and the new coach didn’t know what a good player he had and underutilized him. Their loss.

Jon on 2/18/2014 @ 9:10pm EDT Said:

Petteway has worked so hard this season and last! The man can play some serious basketball for the Huskers.

Kaleb Campbell on 2/18/2014 @ 10:06pm EDT Said:

Sadly the biggest deciding factor will be whoever comes from the top team for final standings (Sorry Nebraska not going to be close this year, although Petteway is a great choice and has a great shot next two years). I think Marble definitely deserves it as he has been the most consistent over the B1G season than any of the other candidates, but may not receive it as Iowa will likely have to run the table the rest of the way to end up getting a share of the title.

marcia on 2/19/2014 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

All round, game in and game out – AARON CRAFT is The Player

Travis on 2/19/2014 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

Petteway is not the Big 10’s best player without question. He deserves mention but isn’t even the second best player in the Big 10. His team is having some success and he is a part of that, but put him on any of the top teams in the Big 10 other than Ohio State and his numbers dip significantly as he then has to share points with another good-great player. Marble gets his in only 28 minutes per game because of Iowa’s depth.

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