University of Michigan head basketball coach John Beilein and guard Nik Stauskas earned the Big Ten's highest honors on Monday as the media and coaches voted them the conference's 2014 Coach of the Year and 2014 Player of the Year, respectively. The pair will continue their outstanding seasons when the Wolverines take the court on Friday during the Big Ten postseason tournament in Indianapolis.
Just the third coach in U-M program history to net this distinction, Beilein guided U-M to a 23-7 overall mark and 15-3 conference record to win the Big Ten regular season crown. The stellar campaign prompted media voters to tap him for the coaching award, which only Johnny Orr and Bill Frieder had previously taken home for the Maize and Blue.
Meanwhile, Stauskas grabbed the second consecutive Player of the Year nod for Michigan, following in the footsteps of Trey Burke last season. The sophomore standout tallied 17.4 points per game -- including 45.8 percent on three-point attempts -- 3.5 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. The attention Stauskas received wasn't limited to the Big Ten, as the Sporting News named him a second-team All-American, which the school's athletic website, MGoBlue.com, reported today.
Learn more about the Big Ten awards for Beilein and Stauskas in another MGoBlue.com article, which also spotlights the postseason accolades that fellow Wolverines Glenn Robinson III, Derrick Walton Jr., and Caris LeVert won.