Terran Petteway quietly having monster season for Huskers

Terran Petteway quietly having monster season for Huskers
January 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Everyone knows about Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris.

They know about Keith Appling and Aaron Craft and Sam Dekker and Roy Devyn Marble and Yogi Ferrell. They've even heard plenty about Rayvonte Rice and Noah Vonleh. But what do they know about Terran Petteway?

Petteway is the sophomore guard in his first season at Nebraska after transferring in from Texas Tech, and he's having a season that rivals all those other Big Ten stars. He currently ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game, trailing just Harris and Stauskas, the two names being bandied about for Big Ten player of the year.

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It's little secret why Petteway hasn't been noticed. His Huskers are just 2-6 in Big Ten play, not competing for league championships with the likes of Stauskas' Wolverines or Harris' Spartans. But a pair of recent wins — upsets over Ohio State and Minnesota last week in Lincoln — have impressed, with Petteway starring as the most impressive. He dropped 18 against the Buckeyes before putting on an absolute show with 35 points against the Gophers.

"He's a machine, he really is," Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said after Sunday's win. "He is an excellent athlete. He can score in transition and make threes. He had one or two bad shots that he took and he made on of them. So, I can't get mad at him even though it was a bad shot. I'm not going to stop him and risk slowing him down a little bit."

As machine-like as Petteway has been this season — he's scored 20-plus points on seven separate occasions and is averaging 20.8 points over his last nine games — even he sometimes doesn't notice what he's doing. Take his career-high output vs. Minnesota, for example.

“When the commentator told me after the game that I had my career high, I was kind of surprised," Petteway said. "Even the guys were saying it was a quiet 35. I didn’t even know.”

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A quiet 35? How does one do that?

"Terran is obsessed with work. There's no doubt about it," Miles said. "I've had really hard workers throughout my career  19 years  and I don't know that I've had a guy work harder at their game than Terran. And then be able to put it in to team form. How it translates into not just me doing my thing but team form. And that's really an important integration that not every player can pull off."

Making the team better is definitely Petteway's next challenge. The Huskers have had strong wins of late and are 9-1 on their home floor, but overall the season is going as it usually does in Lincoln.

But if Nebraska can win some more games, make some more noise, maybe Petteway will get the attention he deserves, and maybe it will get him into the conversation for Big Ten player of the year.