Before Wednesday’s game against Nebraska, Michigan had lost two of the three games in which Nik Stauskas scored in single digits, including Sunday’s loss at Indiana.

After film study, Stauskas understandably could have come out trying to be more aggressive and tried to shoot the Wolverines to victory. Instead, he played the role of facilitator — and Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory at Crisler Center.

“I’m never going to be a player that forces shots; if my teammates are open, I’m going to find them and a lot of times, they were trapping on ball screens, so I wasn’t going to force anything,” Stauskas said. “I was trying to find the open man.”

Stauskas finished with nine points, five rebounds and eight assists, converting only one field goal, a 3-pointer. It’s a new version of Stauskas, which even surprised Nebraska coach Tim Miles.

“Did Stauskas even do anything besides eight assists and four turnovers? (He) made 1 shot?” Miles said. “He didn’t even have to do anything and he’s like the player of the year in the league in my book.”

That’s high praise, but also a look inside the evolution that Stauskas is hoping to make in keeping the Wolverines (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten) in contention for the conference title.

Michigan coach John Beilein highlighted Stauskas’ defense, holding the Huskers’ leading scorer, Terran Petteway, 13 points below his average.

“It’s another growth area. He held Petteway to five points on 2-for-10 (field goals),” Beilein said. “It was the matchup all day long. I told him I was looking forward to seeing this matchup.”

Stauskas, at 6-foot-6, had a 6-inch advantage on Yogi Ferrell, who denied him the ball and the Hoosiers’ defense keyed on keeping him out of the pick-and-roll.

“It’s tough because I was the main reason we lost that game. We made a lot of mistakes but my scoring was definitely missed,” Stauskas said. “I take that personally and today was a great opportunity for me to come back out and show I can be a positive influence for this team.”

It’s a different role for Stauskas, who got more open looks last season with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. taking the bulk of the shots; now, the onus is on him to create and facilitate the offense.

“I used to get a lot of open threes,” he said. “Obviously, that’s not going to be the case anymore and I have to find ways to work through it.”