Player of the Year Tracker: It's Stauskas on top

There’s a different name atop my Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker for the third time in as many weeks. Entering the final week of the regular season, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskas coming in at No. 1, a spot held by Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble the previous two weeks. Agree? Feel free to tweet your nominee my way, @BTNBrentYarina.

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1. Nik Stauskas, Michigan – 48%, 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg. Stauskas put up a Stuaskas-like line of 21 points, three rebounds and four assists to help lead Michigan past Minnesota and to a share of its second Big Ten crown in three years. In a pair of wins last week, he averaged 18 points and 3.5 assists.
Last week: No. 2

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2. Devyn Marble, Iowa – 41%, 16.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg. The consistent Marble is saving some of his best individual play for the stretch run. In a rare three-game week, the Iowa senior shot 51 percent, eclipsed the 20-point barrier thrice and averaged 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals. Not to be ignored, Marble also had a pair of turnover-less games.
Last week: No. 3

3. Terran Petteway, Nebraska – 43%, 17.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.8 blk. Petteway compiled, arguably, his worst back-to-back efforts of the season last week. The sophomore transfer shot just 27 percent from the field (8-30) and averaged 11.5 points – mostly the result of the high shot volume – two rebounds and three turnovers in the 1-1 week. The good news: Petteway did average 2.5 assists and two blocks.
Last week: No. 1

4. Gary Harris, Michigan State – 42%, 17.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. The Spartans, believe it or not, have lost three of their last four. Don’t blame the super sophomore, though, who is averaging 20.8 points, four rebounds, three assists and 2.3 steals during the team’s funk. Now, is there enough time for this team to figure it all out?
Last week: No. 4

5. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana – 42%, 17.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg 0.8 spg. What a week for Ferrell and the Hoosiers, who topped No. 19 Iowa and No. 20 Ohio State at home to highlight a 2-1 week. Don’t count the Hoosiers out of the postseason just yet. As for Ferrell, he continued to do what he does – averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers in one of the most competitive weeks in recent Indiana history.
Last week: No. 5

Others considered: Aaron White, Iowa; Caris LeVert, Michigan; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; Sam Dekker, Wisconsin; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin.

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akble on 3/3/2014 @ 10:08am EDT Said:

Stauskas has played well at times – and no so well at times – he is on the Conference leader but no has played as well as consistently as Marble all Conference season- Only player with ALL games in double figures and has picked it up the last couple weeks when his team is down

Wezilsnout on 3/3/2014 @ 12:28pm EDT Said:

For Michigan, Glen Robinson has been more valuable. Just look at his game winning shot against Purdue. That shot gave them the title. I also would put Kaminsky of Wisconsin in the top five. He has led them to the highest ranking of any Big Ten team and likely the highest NCAA seeding of any Big Ten team (if the seeding was done right now). I guess it depends on how you define Player of the Year.

Matt on 3/3/2014 @ 1:29pm EDT Said:

Stauskas is great, but c’mon…..Marble i sthe ONLY B1G player to score double digits in every B1G outing. He’s consistent, and he’s a leader. Who has the better backup? Stauska’s seems to have more team support whereas Marble has almost single-handedly pulled his team out of a few games with almost miracle-type shots and drives. Marble by far!!

Quinn on 3/3/2014 @ 2:34pm EDT Said:

Marble is averaging 17.1ppg not 16.6… Been steadily moving up game by game.

akble on 3/3/2014 @ 2:55pm EDT Said:

sorry but GR3 has been extremely inconsistent- 6 B10 games not in double figures, 2 points head up with Marble in Iowa City , 26% 3pt shooting, only averages 4 rpg and has more TOs than Assts in B10 games. IF his name was Fred Farkle not GR3 he would not even be mentioned or probably playing in B10. If he had opportunity to go Pro last year probably should have taken it then. If he stays 4 years and gets his head screwed onand shows up every game as team leader maybe a candidate by then

Negele on 3/3/2014 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

This race has been Stauskas’ all year to lose.
If you look at the shooting percentages of Marble, Ferrell, Petteway and Harris, all are volume shooters with low shooting percentages.
Stauskas’ three point percentage alone is higher than the others overall percentages.
Stauskas gets as many assist as some of the point guards gets.
Marble shoots poorly at the foul line and disappears at key moments in games.
Harris is either hit or miss.
Ferrell for every assist he gets turns the ball over too.
Petteway has a awful assist to turnover ratio.
Stauskas has not forced anything all season and the results against MSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska is why Michigan is the Big 10 champion.
His FG%, three point percentage is higher than the other leaders and his FT% is .07 from the top spot too.
He is the most feared shooter in the Big 10 and it’s not even close.

Negele on 3/3/2014 @ 4:43pm EDT Said:

I can’t believe you have the five leading scorers on their respective teams and one shoots 41%, two shoots 42% and one shoots 43% and you say they are as productive as a guy shooting 48%?
What’s interesting is that all five are perimeter oriented guards and only one has been consistent hitting shots all around from the floor, three point line and foul line while still leading his team in assists to turnovers.

Negele on 3/3/2014 @ 4:53pm EDT Said:

When Iowa lost at home to MSU, Marble was missing foul shots late, turning the ball over and not making plays.
When they blew the big lead at Wisconsin, you couldn’t find Marble when he was needed.
When they blew the game at home against Wisconsin, his turnover late and inability to make plays is why they lost.
I’m sorry but when your top star shoots a horrible 41% and shoots 70% at the line means he has missed some key shots when his team needed him to deliver.
Folks talk about him scoring in double figures in every league game but fail to mention they have seven league losses because his volume shots to get those points factored into his poor overall shooting.
Gary Harris has had to carry MSU’s woeful offense while Marble, White and Gessell have been inconsistent for Iowa.

Doug on 3/3/2014 @ 5:43pm EDT Said:

Sorry Iowa guys, but Staukas is the clear leader and go to for the conference champs. Marble has been great, but his numbers need to really exceed to be POY if his team cannot win consistently or down the stretch.

Kaleb Campbell on 3/3/2014 @ 6:58pm EDT Said:

Its pretty sad but Stauskas will probably take home the award because hes on the top team. Dev Marble is far and away the better POY candidate not only because he has been the most consistent but often draws the top player from opposing teams to defend. Very versatile plays multiple positions. One on one Marble owned Stauskas and held him to 9 point when the Hawkeyes owned Michigan in Iowa City.

Frank on 3/3/2014 @ 10:10pm EDT Said:

@Kaleb — And I guess we’ll just ignore that Stauskas torched Iowa’s defense at Crisler for 26 points on 8/14 shooting (4/9 from deep) while your boy Marble only had 13 on 3/9 shooting, along with 4 TOs vs 2 assists.

Stauskas averages as many points as Marble on two less shots per game, because he shoots over 5% better from the field, 7% better from deep, and over 11% better from the FT line.

Negele on 3/4/2014 @ 1:57am EDT Said:

Kaleb Campbell, it would be geat if you stated facts instead of your opinion.
Michigan was not picked to be the top team yet they are because hehas stepped up in big games.
For starters is career high came against Iowa in the game Michigan won.
The game Michigan lost, Stauskas scored 10 points on 50% shooting and he wasn’t shutdown, he just didn’t play aggressive.
Marble has been overrated like his father was back at Iowa.
He is far better shooting 41%, missing 30% of his foul shots and his long stretches of games where he disappears?
Go back and watch the games they’ve lost and see how he disappeared late.
In the loss at Michigan he did nothing when the game was in doubt.
In the first half Basabee carried them and White carried them in the second half.

Negele on 3/4/2014 @ 2:33am EDT Said:

Iowa has lost 9 games this year and in 7 of those losses, all which were relatively close late, Marble has been a weak link and his play did more to hurt his team than help them.
They lost to Villanova by 5 in OT and he shot a poor 8 of 23 while going just 6 of 12 at the foul line with four turnovers.
They lost at Michigan by 8 and he shot 3 of 9 with 4 turnovers while Stauskas had 26.
They blew a big lead at Wisconsin and lost by 4. Marble shot 10 of 24 with 3 turnovers.
They blew a late lead at Iowa State, lost by 3 and Marble shot 6 of 15, 5-8 at the line, including some late foul shots.
They lost by 2 at home to MSU and his missed foul shots late hurt them. He shot a respectable 7 of 15 but when they needed a tying or go ahead score, they went with Gessell.
In the Ohio State loss, he shot 4 of 11 for 10 points with 4 turnovers.
Last week against Wisconsin, a 5 point loss, he shot a poor 8 of 19 and his late turnover and missed shots did not help Iowa.
This is why his FG% is a poor 42% and his foul shooting for a lead guard is woeful a 69%.
And you say he is the Big 10 POY?
In these games it has been the same themes, poor shooting, costly late turnovers and poor foul shooting by Marble.
His volume of shots is why he scores in double figures each game.
But where is the efficiency when needed?

akble on 3/4/2014 @ 10:32am EDT Said:

Negele – nice attempt at seeing only Big Blue Stauskas – however you should probably look at the real stats- If award is for B10 games then B10 Stats should be applied – not all games
Here are the current Conference Leaders

1. Marble, Roy Devyn-IOWA 18.6
2. Petteway, Terran-NEB 18.4
3. Ferrell,Kevin (Yogi)-IN 18.4
4. Harris, Gary-MS 17.8
5. Newbill, D.J.-PSU 16.9
6. Stauskas, Nik-MICh 16.3

3 pt FG %
1. Gasser, Josh-WIS JR 16 28 56 .500
2. Trice, Travis-MSU JR 15 24 50 .480
3. Kaminski, Kenny-MSU FR 16 23 51 .451
4. Walton Jr, Derrick-MICH FR 16 19 43 .442
5. Woodward, Graham-PSU FR 15 15 34 .441
6. Nunn, Kendrick-ILL FR 16 22 51 .431
7. LeVert, Caris-MICH SO 16 27 63 .429
8. Marble, Roy Devyn-IOWA SR 16 30 71 .423
9. Stauskas, Nik-MICH SO 16 34 81 .420

AS far as disappearing in key games – look at Stauskas totals for the 3 Conference games they lost- not very good-

Iowa’s losses have not been because Marble played bad but because others did not show up- not the same can be necesarily said for Mich and Stauskas

Stauskas has also played an additional 5-6 minutes a game more than Marble on the season – different coaching systems require different use of players. I truly believe Marble aas a Senior has shown more team leadership in the clutch minutes than Stauskas – obviously at this point it shoudl be a 2 man race but no way Stauskas is head and shoulders ahead – if at all

Adam on 3/4/2014 @ 12:31pm EDT Said:

Number 1. Payne
Number 2. F. Kaminski

Be the
Picks in any
b1g draft board;)

Blake Jorgensen on 3/4/2014 @ 1:49pm EDT Said:

Marble has been the best player in the B1G since B1G play started, so he should win. End of story.

Negele on 3/4/2014 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

akble-the award is for the entire season, not just the conference season.
Marble shoots 41%, 7% less than Stauskas.
Marble shoots 32% at the three point line,12% less than Stauskas.
Marble shoots a poor 69% at the foul line, 12% less than Stauskas.
Marble is his teams leading ballhandler and averages 3.4 assists while Stauskas is not and he averages 3.5 assists.
Marble averages 3.5 rebounds, the sames as Stauskas.
Marble averages less minutes than Stauskas.
Marble does average more steals.
Marble helped his team lose 7 league games while Stauskas helped his team lose just 3.
Marble has hardly been the best player in the league this year.
Marble has been overrated and his shooting stats alone and his late game play has proven that this year.
Marble didn’t light up 3 straight Top 10 teams to put his team in first place to stay like Stauskas has this year.

Negele on 3/4/2014 @ 9:13pm EDT Said:

Tonight, Stauskas put this debate to rest.
11 shots-24 points, smoking from the floor,
Blew out the Illini on the road.

Andrew on 3/9/2014 @ 12:47pm EDT Said:

There is no question in my mind that Stauskas will get the B1G POY. His whole stat line is better or just as good as Marble’s except for steals. He has a better FG%, 3FG%, PPG, FT%. Plus the fact that he steps up huge in big games, even though he has had his struggles too, everyone does. Oh yeah his team won the B1G outright for the first time since the 85-86 season, so he’s got that going for him.