Thursday, December 6, 2012
Early thoughts on Michigan's basketball season
The Wolverines haven’t faced the toughest competition, but they also haven’t played a cake schedule. In recent years, wins over
Pittsburgh and would carry more
weight than they do this year. N.C. State was ranked 18th at the
time, so that still is a good win, relatively speaking. Kansas
Everyone knew what
had in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Those two have lived up to expectations
thus far, with Burke average 17 points and 7.1 assists per game and Hardaway
chipping in with 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Many also knew of
talented freshmen that were coming in, led by Glenn Robinson III and Mitch
What has been somewhat surprising is the play of another freshman, Nik Stasukas.
Stauskas is currently third on the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and he is shooting an amazing 63.6% from 3-point land (21 of 33).
With McGary being a little slow out of the gates, Stauskas has picked up the slack and made
into more of a dangerous team that first projected.
We have to assume that Stauskas will cool off at some point, but we can also expect McGary to improve. The key, either way, is that
Michigan has a lot of
scoring options this year.
With Robinson III’s 13.9 points per game,
Michigan has four players averaging double
figures in scoring. Outside of those four players, the Wolverines still have contributors
like Jordan Morgan and McGary.
Right now the Wolverines are third in the nation in shooting at 52.1 percent. It would be hard to see them continuing to shoot that well. But, unlike past seasons, it appears
won’t have to rely on shooting well from the outside to win games, which is why
it is fair to call Michigan
one of the best teams in the country right now.