I am so very proud of this team, but watching our Wolverines struggle to hit open shots was frustrating. I have been shocked at how much our shooting regressed during the tournament. The first weekend seemed like it could have been nerves, but after seeing how beat our guys looked at times it made me wonder if much of the poor shooting could have been due to dead legs.
Sanderson has been highly praised for the conditioning the team achieves - and it seems like the ability to outlast their foes has been an advantage for Michigan in recent years (case in point - back to back B10 tournament championships) - but during the last two games our guys looked exhausted by 10 minutes in after fast starts.
My theory is that putting so much more effort into sufficating defense is wearing Michigan out and affecting the offense - shooting in particular. If this is the case then I wonder if a deeper rotation with more limited minutes across the board might not be an effective counter. I seem to remember Shaka Smart relying on heavy bench minutes to keep his Havoc defense fresh.
Anyways, I am proud of and amazed by this team and what it accomplished. Beilein uber alles and Go Blue!