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Robinson - - In the revolving door of "who's the best freshman on this team", I think it's going to end up being and staying Robinson. The biggest reason? He plays with a sense of poise that both McGary and Stauskas seem to lack. He's hitting threes at a higher percentage than Hardaway, but you probably don't notice it. His field goal percentage is a crazy 58.1%. Yes, a lot of this is because he is the biggest beneficiary of Burke's ability to create plays, but Robinson is a finisher. That's something this team has lacked for a while.
Burke - - Another ho-hum 15 points and 8 assists with only one turnover. POY? POY.
McGary - - I remember reading a scouting report on McGary a while ago that described him as a bigger version of Zack Novak as far as his hustle and drive are concerned. Last night was a good example of how true that is becoming. Michigan hasn't had a guy who can pump up the crowd consistently since Brent Petway used to rile everybody up even when not dunking. He's another efficient scorer who is a bit raw, but seems to be developing into an above adequate player down low with loads of potential.
Stauskas - - He's hitting some bumps in the road, but still went 2-4 from beyond last night. He's prone to making some bad passes when driving the lane and still struggles with his ballhandling in the lane as well.
One thing this team is still missing is a guy besides Burke who can drive the lane consistently without turning it over. Robinson doesn't really dribble drive as often as he does move without the ball and get open, but I think he's the most likely candidate. Hardaway has struggled with his handles for a while now. He's improved a bit this year, but do you feel confident when he has to put his head down and create in traffic?
Would've taken Purdue's best game to beat UM. They were having it in the first half when their PG Johnson who shoots like 12% from 3 pt line...makes two of them. They were hitting their shots, playing defense, and we were a little off. They needed to do that for 40 min just to pull it out.
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Hardaway seems to get himself into trouble when his mind is made up that he is going all the way to the basket and score before he even starts his drive. When he plays under control then yes I have a ton of confidence in Tim when he is driving the lane.
Stauskas is just a little to flashy right now and dribbles to high. He needs to learn from Burke to stay lower to the ground and his ballhandling will become so much better. Also, Nik will benefit from making the simple easy pass instead of the flashy highlight real play.
I loved the defensive effort in the 2nd half. Burke and Hardaway were outstanding. Burke was all over his man and made things really difficult for Purdue offensively. This to me is the key come tourney time. If Burke and Hardaway bring it on the defensive end of the floor the freshman will follow and this team will be tough to beat.
This post was edited by WillyWolverine 15 months ago
Hardaway is averaging 2.3 turnovers a game. The closest to him is Burke, who handles the ball probably five times as much as he does with 1.8.
The highest after that is 1.2, with Stauskas and Robinson playing almost as many minutes as Hardaway is. There's a clear issue with his ability to hang onto the ball.
But he rebounds well so I can overlook it
That's a good point. Probably his biggest area of improvement this year.
I don't know if it's even Stauskas' ball handling in the lane so much as his decision-making in the lane. A bunch of his turnovers in the paint are on drop passes/rolls/back side feeds to no one, or where the target isn't on the same page with him. Last night he looked for a little roll/dropoff to McGary on the block, and McGary wasn't diving down and it went out of bounds. They ran the same thing in the second half, and it worked for an easy lay-in.
I have to disagree. Hardaway doesn't have any bigger issue with turning the ball over than Stauskas or Robinson. He just creates more than they do. In my opinion you need to look at the assist to turnover ratio to get a clear picture. All 3 of those guys have an assist to turnover ratio that is just over 1. Hardaway may have almost twice as many turnovers as Stauskas and Robinson but he also has around twice as many assists. Now trying to compare Hardaway to Burke is just not fair because not only is Burke a true PG but he is the best PG in the nation and rarely turns the ball over.
Definitely agree with the talk regarding GR3. He has been outstanding this season and appears to still be getting better. Biggest parts of his game that are overlooked are his rebounding and defensive play. He really holds up well, even when he has to match up against player that are bigger than him on defense. Still a little concerned about his tendency to defer on offense, but even with the way he's playing now, he's been great for Michigan. His numbers are insanely efficient because he only drives or shoots in really good situations, but with the success he has, it would almost be better to see him get some more possessions.
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I agree with you on GR360. I think he defers on offense right now because he isn't that comfortable creating his own offense yet. If he improves in that area then you are looking at a potential POY type player.
GR360....I like the sound of that.
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