“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Obviously we all know what a great coach Beilein is and he clearly loves his assistants. I thought I'd try to highlight specifically an example of the job they've done this season.
Here are the minutes from our opening NIT game against IUPUI:
- Burke - 32
- Hardaway - 30
- Vogrich - 19
- Robinson - 32
- Morgan - 27
- Stauskas - 25
- McGary - 11
- Albretch - 6
- LeVert - 0
At the time Vogrich was a starter, LeVert was on his way to a redshirt, McGary was struggling to play more than 10 minutes without fouling out, and Spike was relegated to garbage time mostly.
Let's look at what the coaches have done (with appropriate credit to the players) between then and now:
- Stauskas took the starting spot from Vogrich and became a prolific shooter
- LeVert burned his redshirt and took the bench minutes from Vogrich because he can play some defense and hit shots if needed.
- Spike is a regular part of the rotation and trusted with critical minutes against the toughest defenses in the country.
- McGary displaced a 3-year starter, is staying out of foul trouble, and is reaching his potential as a star center.
The fact that two upper classmen (Morgan, Vogrich) have lost playing time during this time and yet have maintained their solid attitude and contributions when needed is another testament to the coaches.
Even if we lose a few players to the NBA after this season I have total faith that the coaches will fit the incoming freshmen into the lineup in a way that maximizes their talent and the overall performance of the team.
The full game should be up on YouTube (unlisted) this afternoon.
McGary to GRIII:
Morgan dunk/end of game:
Postgame (including locker room celebration):
Thanks to UMHoops for providing the video. GO BLUE!
We should recruit every player out of Chesterton.
Here are some other great Mitch gifs from the game
I know some of us are still coming down from that fact that we're even IN the Championship Game. But hey, we're not done yet. Survive and advance, we've got business to take care of on Monday.
That said, what are your early thoughts about the matchup?
A little late? Not so much. These have been late due to all of the postgame excitement. And rightfully so!
Plus, we have to leave room for the POSBANG Threads. Annnnd I've made one of these after every win, so why stop now?
That said, now that you've had time to settle in a little, what are your thoughts on the game? The great, the good, the not-so-good.
In the end, we won and we're in the Championship Game! GO BLUE!