Michigan emphasizing perspective with Nik Stauskas after scoreless effort
"I think Nik misses one shot and he goes into cardiac arrest," he said.
On Sunday against Illinois, Stauskas missed every shot he took -- going 0 of 5 from the floor in just the second scoreless performance of his season.
Both Stauskas and starting freshman forward Glenn Robinson III have gone through their respective struggles against high-level competition this season, but Beilein continues to ride the wave.
It's normal, he says, and it's just another teaching opportunity.
"We have separate conversations quite often during the year with everybody," Beilein said Monday. "It's absolutely important for the young kids to look at the whole picture. They've always been probably their leading scorer on their team, if they're at Michigan, that's probably been their role in high school.
"Now, all of a sudden, they have a tough night and you have to pull them aside and say 'here's why it's happening, let's learn from it.' It's going to happen again."
Earlier this season, Stauskas said he felt he was the best 3-point shooter in the country -- and boldly explained how he'd like to be a 60 percent shooter from long range because, in high school, that's what he pulled off.
As time's gone on this season, Stauskas has been reminded that this isn't high school -- it's the Big Ten.
Teams have realized what type of deep weapon the 6-foot-6 Canadian wing can be for the Wolverines (23-4, 10-4) and have done everything they can to take the biggest part of his game away.
Stauskas' 3-point percentage has dipped more than 10 percent since the start of Big Ten play, as he's now hitting at 46.7 percent from deep. His overall season percentage is still terrific, but against conference foes, he's only shooting 34.8 percent from downtown.
Beilein says it's important to continue to stress perspective to Stauskas, and remind him how his mere presence on the floor can sometimes be enough to make a difference -- even if he's not making a shot.
"You just have to continue to learn from it, it's not always you, it could be them with what they're doing," Beilein said. "In Nik's situation, we got a couple dunks right down the middle yesterday because there was no help coming off Nik in the pick and roll.
"They were following him as he went out, and it opened other things up. Those are the type of things we emphasize in film, we show him how he helps the team without ever making a shot because people are playing 4 on 4 sometimes."
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