As fun as it is to talk about cars, albums, and etc., I have something that I think that has not been discussed.
While listening to Mgopodcast, they were lamenting the fact that (lack of) pick & roll effectiveness is one of the major reasons why this year's offense is worse than that of recent past. While they discussed a bit about why that might be so, I think they missed something that is very obvious; we do not shoot off the pick.
When Michigan offense was really cooking, Stauskas would receive a pick and if the defender trailed or went under the pick, Stauskas would just pull up and shoot a three. Because this was a very effective shot, the opponent set aggressive hedges and what not to try to minimize it, which caused space for the roll and easy layups.
When I watch this year's offense, I see almost no attempt to shoot off the pick, even when the defender goes underneath and there is a foot or two open space. I don't understand why we are not taking advantage of this opening when the other team is readily giving it to us. I would think Robinson would shoot close to 50% with the open space he has and when defense starts to over commit, it would open up other things. I am just not sure why this is not happening.
Conversely, we hedge everytime off the pick and because our centers are slow to recover (compared to Mitch or Morgan), our defense becomes discombobulated and open shots happen regularly off of them.
Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a reason why we are not shooting off the pick? Why are we hedging so aggressively when other teams are not?