A Lot of Milk

April 7th, 2013 at 1:05 AM ^

I don't think this deserves a thread, but does anyone know what happened with Stauskas. He only played 18 minutes, and wasn't on the court when we needed to make free throws. Was he hurt or just benched? He also finished with 0 points...

Bando Calrissian

April 7th, 2013 at 1:22 AM ^

Stauskas hasn't been automatic on the line, either.

Frankly, no one on this team has been down the stretch this year. We've left WAY too many points at the stripe in this tournament. There's really no excuse for it. If I'm Coach, I'm taking the Tom Izzo approach to free throws in drawing up the offseason workout plans. Make those kids shoot free throws until they can't take it anymore.


April 7th, 2013 at 1:32 AM ^

I told my wife this evening: "We're watching our season drain away at the free-throw line." Fortunately, I was wrong--but this team looks rather uncomfortably like that Memphis team that came so close to winning at all until their one achilles heel, foul shooting, finally cost them everything against Kansas.

snarling wolverine

April 7th, 2013 at 1:59 AM ^

Yeah, I've been absolutely terrified in late-game FT situations.  It cost us the B1G title (Indiana game) and very nearly the national title tonight.  At this point maybe it is what it is (Beilein can't do a whole lot about it in one prep day) but I definitely don't want us to have to shoot a bunch on Monday night.



April 7th, 2013 at 1:16 AM ^

Caris was hitting threes and playing his normal defense.  He is quicker and a better defender and if Stausk is not hitting his shot he is a liability.  Coach went with the hot hand which I applaud - similar to going with McGrary late in the year after standing by Morgan earlier.  Many coaches would not budge - thinking of Carr on this end in football.

Stausk is here for offense at this point.  If he is cold, he sits.  He doesn't bring much else right now.  Hopefully that changes as we go forward - CJ Fair was ripping him up (and GR3 and THJ).  

I was surprised how little Spike played in the 2nd half as he was effective in the first in his limited time and Stausk was out most of the 2nd half.

Michael From TC

April 7th, 2013 at 1:33 AM ^

is that they likes laverts versatility to beat the zone rather than stauskas sitting in the corner.


whatever it was it worked. and he was still on the bench in uniform (not in warmups) at the end of the game. so I would guess not injury. maybe he was sick?



Bando Calrissian

April 7th, 2013 at 1:38 AM ^

Besides the Florida game, Stauskas' shot has gotten extraordinarily erratic over the last two months. When he's on, he's unbelievable. What we saw at the beginning of the season (remember that thread asking if he'd win the NBA 3-point contest?) was a hot streak. What we're seeing now is a gifted freshman shooter with tremendous upside.

Stauskas is a great player, but he's not a complete player yet. He's not a consistent player yet. We've seen him commit astoudingly bad defensive breakdowns just as much as drain shot after shot.

For my money, I'd take a chance on LeVert, Albrecht, GRIII, etc. splitting his minutes amongst themselves if Stauskas isn't showing signs of life on any given night. It's not worth waiting for the upside to kick in at this point.


April 7th, 2013 at 9:42 AM ^

EDIT: They've now posted a full press release.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department will host a watch party at Crisler Center on Monday, April 8, for the NCAA National Championship game between the Wolverines and Louisville Cardinals. The doors at Crisler Center will open to the public at 7:30 p.m. for the national title game slated to begin at 9:23 p.m.

Admission is free for all students, faculty and staff with a valid M-Card. There will be a $5 charge for the general public with proceeds going to the Athletic Department Scholarship Fund. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with the Maize Rage student seating area in the lower bowl being reserved for students. There will be special buses available to take students back after the game.

All normal game day activities will take place, including concessions, M-Den, interactive displays and content/giveaways during timeouts. The Big Ten Network will broadcast live from the event.