Jon Brubaker from The Jayhawker agreed to answer a couple questions about this weekend’s game. Here are his answers and my answers will be going up over there later this week.
Everyone knows about Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, who else has been most impressive this year?
By far the most impressive player for KU this season has been super freshman Xavier Henry. At first committed to play with other super freshman John Wall at Memphis, once Calipari made the move to Kentucky Xavier was released from this commitment and decided to attend KU with his older brother CJ, where both of his parents had played. Xavier Henry is the team’s leading scorer at 18 points a game, and is fresh off scoring a personal-best 31 points against La Salle.
Any other final thoughts on the game?
Like most KU games this year, I think the game will be close through 10 or 12 minutes of the first half, while each team’s offense tries to answer the other’s defense. What will eventually break Michigan’s back, as it had for other teams this season, is the play of Xavier Henry. He possesses one of the smoothest strokes from the outside, and has the talent to take it to the hoop as necessary. Eventually, through shrewd 3-point shooting and a seemingly endless stream of big bodies downlow (Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris, Markief Morris, Thomas Robinson) the depth of talent and play-making will be too much for the Wolverine’s to handle. If Beilein employs his zone most of the game it could get ugly.