User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Stauskas adds sharp-shooting swagger for Michigan

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nik Stauskas took the pass in transition only to find himself caught under the basket with a defender next to him.

Advertisement
No problem: He dropped a nifty no-look bounce pass to a teammate for a dunk.

On Michigan's next offensive possession, the freshman from Canada made an open 3-pointer from the left wing. Later, he moved to the left corner for a 3 and followed that with a driving layup. Then it was back to that same corner for another 3. And another. And another.

The Wolverines were playing a regional final, and Stauskas was making it look like a pregame shooting drill.

``My shot felt good,'' Stauskas said. ``So I was just letting them fly.''

Michigan is heading to its first Final Four since 1993, and it was that 3-point barrage by Stauskas on Sunday that sealed a spot for the Wolverines. Stauskas made all six of his attempts from beyond the arc, scoring 22 points in a 79-59 win over Florida. The 6-foot-6 guard is shooting 45 percent from long range this season and his performance against the Gators was a reminder of how good Michigan can be when everybody is contributing.

Stauskas is part of a talented class of freshmen that also includes forward Glenn Robinson III and emerging big man Mitch McGary. The other two probably arrived with more fanfare, but it was Stauskas who turned heads immediately.

A month into the season, Stauskas was 27 of 46 from 3-point range, fitting seamlessly into Michigan's perimeter-oriented offense. He wasn't going to maintain that torrid shooting, but he needed only seven games to work his way into the starting lineup.

By the time the NCAA tournament arrived, opponents were aware of Stauskas. He shot a more normal-looking 36 percent from beyond the arc against Big Ten opponents and went 2 for 12 in Michigan's first three NCAA tournament games. And when Stauskas isn't contributing with his outside shooting, Michigan looks a lot more beatable.

He went scoreless at Ohio State in mid-January in Michigan's first loss of the season. In a loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, Stauskas went 1 of 8 from the field and scored only four points.

But the potential for a breakout was always there.

``He really works at it, and that's rare with a freshman,'' coach John Beilein said. ``A freshman may have an off night, he may talk about, `I'm not getting the shots, I'm not getting the looks.' That's not Nik. Nik works at his game to be ready, because his teammates can pass, and they know where he is all the time.''

They didn't have to look around much against Florida. The Gators, apparently more concerned with Michigan guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. - not to mention McGary - kept leaving Stauskas open in that left corner.

As shot after shot went in, Stauskas' confidence grew along with Michigan's lead.

``Nik didn't have to do anything, he was just standing in the corner and we were finding him,'' Hardaway joked. ``That was the corner shot that he was working on all pregame, so our big men did a great job of just rolling to the basket and collapsing defense and us guards were just finding him on halfcourt and on fast breaks.''

This is Michgan's first Final Four team since the Fab Five era, and of all the current Wolverines, Stauskas may be the one who does the most to bring back the swagger of those early-1990s teams.

McGary is Michigan's most demonstrative player, but that's mostly a result of his boundless, unscripted energy. Stauskas, on the other hand, exudes confidence and isn't afraid to show it, whether he's putting imaginary goggles over his eyes with his hands (each holding up three fingers) or just smiling his way back downcourt after a big shot.

``Being a shooter, you never get down on yourself when you're missing shots,'' Stauskas said. ``Keep shooting.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Fade & Shade Report
Iskoe: College Hoops Report
Wisconsin tops Oklahoma for Atlantis title
Kansas runs past Tennessee, 82-67
Butler holds off Georgetown, 64-58
Maryland SF Wells to miss 4 weeks
Top-ranked Wildcats faces tough stretch
A&M beats New Orleans by 21 at home
UConn, Syracuse headline 2015 Atlantis
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK  Hot Streaks
24-12 L3 Days, +2,619 This Year
7 G-Play Wins in a Row
5-0 L5, 9-2 L11 CBK Streak
10-4 Guarantees This Year
12-4 L16 Picks, 9-2 L11 G-Plays
8-3 Last 11 CBK Guarantees
11-2 L13 Guaranteed Plays
8-4 CBK Record Thursday
4-0 L4, 8-2 L10 Selections
NCAABK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Antony Dinero
2014 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2619
Michael Black + 678
Doc's Sports + 650
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1006
Michael Black + 505
Greg Smith + 492
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 100 %
Greg Smith 75 %
Doc's Sports 68 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 775
Doc's Sports + 575
Kevin Rogers + 565
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 200
Tony Stoffo + 160
Kyle Hunter + 155
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 800
The Gold Sheet + 655
Tony Stoffo + 595
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest