Cooling off? Michigan's Nik Stauskas had 6 turnovers and a technical vs. WVU, but Beilein's not worried
ANN ARBOR -- The last time he was on the floor, Nik Stauskas didn't exactly have his finest hour.
The red-hot Michigan freshman had the worst shooting night of his career (3 of 9), coughed up a season-worst 6 turnovers and, on top of all that, he picked up a technical foul for taunting the West Virginia bench following a made 3-pointer.
Not the best night, but according to John Beilein, far from the worst either.
"I watched the video and I watched (his technical foul) several times," Beilein said of Stauskas. "He runs to that corner the whole game in front of their bench, and he's hearing it all the time, I'm sure. Most benches may say something.
"But he cannot respond."
The game seemed to be a return to Earth moment for the 6-foot-6 freshman, who had done nothing but rip the net at an incredibly high rate through the team's first 10 games.
But in Brooklyn, Stauskas seemed flustered -- and flawed.
He wasn't hitting all his shots -- though he still managed to finish the game with 10 points. But what was worse were the turnovers.
Stauskas was pressured by West Virginia for most of the game, and he was continually loose with the basketball in his hands -- committing sloppy turnover after sloppy turnover, two of which came late in the second half when the Mountaineers were trying to make a game of it.
He had six turnovers in 40 minutes Saturday, and seven combined turnovers through the team's first 10 games.
"That had a lot to do with West Virginia's style, and how aggressive they were," Beilein said. "They made him bounce the ball and make decisions, they swarmed him. He's actually very good at (handling) that.
"He wasn't on Saturday."
Beilein is hoping Stauskas' rough night was an aberration, and he still may be right.
The 6-foot-6 wing still managed to score in double figures for the 10th straight game, and he's still shooting a blistering 54.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.
"I don't think it's every good to have a bad game unless you learn from it," Beilein said. "He didn't have a bad game, he made some tough foul shots to help us, he made a couple big 3's we really needed to have and it's all part of the process."
The book is now officially out on Stauskas as a shooter, and a player. Those numbers will likely start to cool as Big Ten play gets going.
Beilein just hopes that cool doesn't turn into a freeze.
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