Another week is in the books, and while it's safe to say this one belonged to those frisky Cornhuskers from Lincoln, there were a few other performances that deserve the recognition the B1G isn't willing to give out. y u so stingy with honor, Delany? Here it is, your Team of the Week:
Player of the Week: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin - 2 GP, 21 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 15-25 FG (60%),
After a shaky start to conference play, Wisconsin is riding high once again with wins over Michigan State and Michigan in the last two weeks. The Badgers have a cast of characters to thank for the turnaround, but last week Kaminsky was the driving force behind two victories. He didn't quite put up the numbers that landed him in Wisky's record books earlier in the season but he did assert himself against Michigan's frontline to the tune of 25 points on 11-16 shooting. That "upset" was the fourth in a row for Bo Ryan's boys, who
Terran Petteway, Nebraska - 2 GP, 19.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 13-31 FG (42%)
Nebraska is 6-6 in the B1G (no really that's true you can look it up) and they've gotten a ton of production from guys that weren't in uniform a year ago. None more so than Petteway, who sits behind only Yogi Ferrell in the B1G scoring charts at 17.7 ppg. The Texas Tech transfer displayed that potency against Michgan State on Sunday, torching the Spartans for 23 points. His pair of threes down the stretch put the kibosh on any hopes of an MSU comeback, giving the Huskers a resume-topping win. Can they finish strong and find themselves in the Big Dance?
JerShon Cobb, Northwestern - 2 GP, 22.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 15-27 FG (56%), 10-18 3pt FG (56%)
Cobb and his Wildcats didn't have as much success as the first two on this week's list, but it doesn't make the redshirt senior's efforts any less herculean. Cobb led the conference in scoring last week, posting 23 points - nearly half of his team's output - in a 54-48 loss against Minnesota. Chris Collins' purple magic seems to have worn off a bit, as Northwestern have lost three in a row, but they're still in contention for an NIT bid and the first-year coach will need some offense to compliment his staunch defense to get there. If this past week is any indication, Cobb will certainly be providing his fair share.
Adreian Payne, Michigan State - 2 GP, 15.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 10-20 FG (50%)
Finally returned from injury, it's safe to say Payne is back to his old self after a 20-point, 14-rebound effort against Northwestern last Thursday. The Michigan State man-child had missed seven games with a foot issue before returning to the lineup against Penn State two weeks ago. Sparty went 5-2 in his absence, but perhaps more worrying for the B1G's top team will be the loss of Keith Appling, perhaps for the rest of the regular season. MSU has already lost two games without the senior point guard, and not having him in the home game against Michigan could prove costly come the B1G tournament. Although, the Wolverines haven't prepared for Payne either.
Shavon Shields, Nebraska - 2 GP, 20 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 10-21 FG (48%)
One of the few returning Nebrasketballers to make an impact this season, Shields had the game of the week in the B1G in a win over Illinois, going for 33 points on just 12 attempts from the field. He was also perfect from the free throw line, hitting all 15 of his attempts. Many (myself included) thought Shields would be the alpha dog for Tim Miles in his sophomore season, but he's filled the sidekick role quite nicely behind Petteway, averaging 11.8 ppg and leading the team in rebounding at 5.8 per game. Nebraska's got some talent, if you haven't noticed by now.