A trio of Huskers were honored, as the Big Ten released its 2014 All-Big Ten Basketball teams Monday afternoon. Sophomores Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields were All-Big Ten selections by both the coaches and media panel, while Tim Miles was chosen as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches.
Miles was chosen by the conference coaches as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Huskers to their best conference finish since 1998.
In his second season at the helm of the Husker program, he guided Nebraska to a 19-11 record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten standings.
The Huskers, who were picked 12th by the media in the preseason, opened conference play with a 1-5 mark, but closed with a flourish, winning 10 of their final 12 games including a pair of wins over top-10 teams (Wisconsin and at Michigan State).
The 11 wins conference wins marked NU’s highest total since 1965-66 and only the second time since World War II that NU won at least 11 conference games in a year.
Miles is the fourth Husker coach to win conference coach of the year and the first since Danny Nee in 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 the award in 1980.
Petteway becomes the first Husker to be named first-team All-Big Ten, as he was selected to both first teams. It also marks the first time since 2008 for a Husker to be a first-team all-conference pick, while Petteway is the first NU player since Venson Hamilton in 1999 chosen by the coaches as a first-team honoree.
A sophomore guard/forward from Galveston, Texas, Petteway averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 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 conference in scoring average and only the fifth Husker player in a century to accomplish the 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 blocked shots (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 effort against Minnesota and punctuated his Big Ten season with a 26-point, 10-rebound masterpiece against ninth-ranked Wisconsin.
Shields, a sophomore wing from Olathe, Kan., was selected as an honorable-mention choice by both the coaches and the media, as he averaged 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in Big 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 tied Nebraska’s school record by going 15-of-15 from the foul line.
Shields stepped up in NU’s biggest wins, totaling 26 points against No. 9 Wisconsin and 18 points in NU’s win over No. 17 Ohio State. Shields also added a team-high two double-doubles in Big Ten play (vs. Purdue and Northwestern) and had three games with at least 10 rebounds. Shields was also Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award Nominee for his efforts in the community.