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Nik Stauskas struggled against Duke, but he did not get much help from his teammates.
Stock Status: Level
This may come as a surprise to some considering Nik Stauskas was a non-factor in Michigan's loss to Duke, but his stock has remained level over the past week.
An ankle injury kept Stauskas sidelined against Coppin State. The Blue Devils' game plan completely took him out of Tuesday's marquee matchup. He finished with just four points and went 0-of-2 from the field.
"There’s not much you can do. They just face-guarded him in the corner," Beilein said, describing Duke’s defensive strategy to Joe Stapleton of UMHoops. "They’re going to want you to play four-on-four. There’s very little you can do for him at that time. We screened for him a couple times, and we have some things we can do, but you play 4-on-4."
"If they’re face-guarding a guy and saying, ‘you’re not going to get the ball,’ there’s very little you can do because they’re not going to play help defense (off Stauskas). If they’re not going to play help defense, then there are pockets where you can score."
Unfortunately, none of the other Wolverines were able to take advantage of those opportunities. Still, Stauskas managed to dish out four assists and grab three boards, which implies he had somewhat of a productive night given the circumstances.
Despite the quiet night against Duke, he is still averaging a team-high 18.0 points and 3.1 assists to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game.
Hopefully in upcoming contests, his teammates can make opponents pay for devoting so much attention to him.