Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris scramble for a loose ball Saturday at the Breslin Center. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
To the victors go the spoils.
After Michigan’s thrilling victory over then-No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday, the Wolverines earned both of the Big Ten awards this week: Nik Stauskas was named player of the week and Derrick Walton Jr. freshman of the week.
The Wolverines (15-4, 7-0 Big Ten) won their third straight game against a top-10 team — the first time that’s been done in the regular season since 1986-87.
Michigan is off to its best start in the Big Ten since 1976-77, behind Stauskas, who tied his career best with 26 points against then-No. 10 Iowa on Wednesday and added 19 points against the Spartans.
Stauskas ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.5) and went 5-of-6 on 3-pointers against Michigan State and added four assists and earned his second straight player-of-the-week honor.
Walton’s 19 points against MSU were a career high and he added five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes, earning him his first honor.
Michigan, ranked 21st last week, could crack the top 10 when this week’s polls are released later Monday.