For second straight time last week, Hill scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Spartans in scoring.
Hill not only provided the hot-hand offensively for the Spartans, but he hit the boards, averaging 6 rebounds a game, and dished out the ball, earning 3 assists a game.
Against Penn State on Wednesday he shot 64 percent from the field and knocked down three 3s. Against the Wolverines he connected on four 3s and picked up 5 rebounds.
For Hill this is the first time in his career that he has received the honor, and he is the first Spartan to earn the honor this season.
Not so free throws
Coming into this season MSU head coach Tom Izzo believed his team would be a great free throw shooting team. And he had every reason to believe so.
Last season the Spartans shot 77.1 percent from the free throw line, which ranked them fifth nationally.
However, things have not gone according to plan. Despite going to the line almost six more times this season, the Spartans are shooting 72.2 percent and that has befuddled Izzo.
"The day I get out of this profession I will never understand that stat this year," Izzo said. "From a team I thought would lead the nation in free throw shooting, and just have not. Theres no rhyme or reason, but we got to get it fixed.
I am putting a lot on the free throw, because number one I think we are very good at it. Number two you dont lose your skill to be a good free throw shooter and number three theyre just like you say free points, so I dont want to panic.
A case of severe senioritis
Senior forward Adam Ballingers decline in minutes and productivity has been a mystery. Izzo said he never thought that position would so problematic.
He said Ballingers drop off has been one of the most surprising things to ever happen to him in his eight years at MSU, calling "its almost illegal what has happened."
Izzo said he will not give up on him, but the senior has to put together better practices to earn his minutes.
"Unfortunately I think weve given him a chance and were still going to give a chance, but hes going to have earn more of it now in practice," he said. "And when he doesnt practice well its going to be hard on me to have the confidence to play him."
Izzo said he hasnt practice like he did last year or even for the first two and a half weeks of this season.
"I think what happens, with seniors, theres always a reality that this is the end and everyone handles it differently," he said. "Sometimes you know when you have big dreams of what you want to accomplish your senior year and things go wrong early I think hes put a lot of pressure on himself, because he hasnt practiced the same and hes always practiced well. But its not been a lack of effort; its been a lack of productivity.
At 10-8 and with 11 games remaining in the season, MSU may be on the outside looking in for an NCAA tournament bid, but thats not on the mind of Izzo and his staff.
"To be honest with you, that is the least of my worries right now," he said. "If we dont get this team better and if we dont play a little better and if we dont start winning some games, almost more than playing better, that really kind of takes care of itself."
Izzo said right now every game is make-or-break, but he believes his team still has potential to turn it around.
"Its sure not going to get any easier, weve got to some how to find a way to win some of these close games. I still think the good news is this team hasnt quit," he said. "I mean were right in games down the stretch, the bad news is its repeating itself and maybe now were finding ways to lose some of these games.
Just missed it
On Monday, Izzo explained how the little things have been piling up, causing his team to struggle this season.
Whether its missing open shots or free throws, Izzo explained how minute things, such as receiving and distributing a pass in the perfect spot, can make all the difference in the world.
He referred to a play during the Michigan when Hill came off a double screen and received a pass from sophomore forward Alan Anderson that was a little late and a little behind him. Hill missed the shot and Izzo said its a part of the game that sometimes gets overlooked.
Izzo said part of the reason his team has struggled in this facet of the game is because they are lacking that one true point guard.
"Sometimes its how the ball is distributed and when its distributed and thats why the best point guards that dont shoot a lot get little credit, but they do so many things that people dont see," Izzo said.