2013 NCAA Tournament: No. 4 Michigan Wolverines' Nik Stauskas Getting Hot At Right Time

By Trevor Lowry
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines have been great in the 2013 NCAA Tournament so far, but freshman Nik Stauskas was not having the biggest impact in the early round. Luckily for Michigan, Stauskas is getting hot at the right time.

In the first two tournament games for Michigan, Stauskas averaged eight points per game, which is only a little under his season average. However, he did only shoot 31.3 percent from the field, while he has averaged 47.1 percent during the season.

Against No. 1 Kansas, he was much better and knocked down 11 points. It is the 57.1 percent in field goals that was really impressive though. He stepped that up a huge notch against the No. 3 Florida Gators by dropping 22 points. Not to mention, he was 6-6 from behind the arc and shot 87.5 percent from the field. Talking about getting hot at the right time.

If Stauskas continues this hot shooting, no one is going to beat Michigan. The Wolverines will take on the No. 4 Syracuse Orange in the Final Four, but when you are making your shots, you are making your shots. Stauskas is arguably the most lethal three-point shooter on this team.

He does have 79 threes made on the season, which is the most on the Wolverines.

Trey Burke is naturally going to get the most credit on this team because he is not only the best player on the team, but easily one of the best in college basketball. However, if Stauskas can knock down shots from behind the arc and be an efficient shooter, that is going to make a big difference for Michigan going forward.


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