Lincoln – A trio of Huskers were honored, as the Big Tenreleased its 2014 All-Big Ten Basketball teams Monday afternoon. SophomoresTerran Petteway and Shavon Shields were All-Big Ten selections by both thecoaches and media panel, while Tim Miles was chosen as the Big Ten Coach of theYear by the coaches.
Miles was chosen by theconference coaches as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Huskersto their best conference finish since 1998. In his second season at the helm ofthe Husker program, he guided Nebraska to a 19-11 record and a fourth-placefinish in the Big Ten standings. The Huskers, who were picked 12th by the mediain the preseason, opened conference play with a 1-5 mark, but closed with aflourish, winning 10 of their final 12 games including a pair of wins overtop-10 teams (Wisconsin and at Michigan State). The 11 wins conference winsmarked NU's highest total since 1965-66 and only the second time since WorldWar II that NU won at least 11 conference games in a year. Miles is the fourthHusker coach to win conference coach of the year and the first since Danny Neein 1990-91. Nebraska's other conference coaches of the year were Joe Cipriano(1966, 1978, 1980) and Moe Iba (1980, 1981), as Iba and Cipriano shared theaward in 1980.
Petteway becomes the firstHusker to be named first-team All-Big Ten, as he was selected to both firstteams. It also marks the first time since 2008 for a Husker to be a first-teamall-conference pick, while Petteway is the first NU player since VensonHamilton in 1999 chosen by the coaches as a first-team honoree.
A sophomore guard/forwardfrom Galveston, Texas, Petteway averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per gamein Big Ten action, while pacing the Huskers in both scoring and assists (37).He became the first NU player since Andre Smith in 1980-81 to lead a conferencein scoring average and only the fifth Husker player in a century to accomplishthe feat. He also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in rebounds (5.1, 20th),free throw percentage (.788, 12th), 3-pointers per game (1.6, 12th) and blockedshots (0.9, 12th). Petteway was in double figures in 17 of 18 conference games,including six 20-point performances. He poured in a career-high 35 point effortagainst Minnesota and punctuated his Big Ten season with a 26-point, 10-reboundmasterpiece against ninth-ranked Wisconsin.
Shields, a sophomore wingfrom Olathe, Kan., was selected as an honorable-mention choice by both thecoaches and the media, as he averaged 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game inBig Ten action. Shields ranked among the conference leaders in both scoring (14th)and rebounding (11th). He was in double figures 11 times in Big Ten action,including a career-high 33-point effort against Illinois, when he tiedNebraska's school record by going 15-of-15 from the foul line. Shields steppedup in NU's biggest wins, totaling 26 points against No. 9 Wisconsin and 18points in NU's win over No. 17 Ohio State. Shields also added a team-high twodouble-doubles in Big Ten play (vs. Purdue and Northwestern) and had threegames with at least 10 rebounds. Shields was also Nebraska's SportsmanshipAward Nominee for his efforts in the community.
Nebraska is the fourth seedin this week's Big Ten Tournament and will play Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.(central) against either Purdue or Ohio State. The game will be on either ESPNor ESPN2 and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
Courtesy of UNL Media Relations