Form Tracker: February 10th, 2013

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan 62, Wisconsin 65 (OT)-10

Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players over the last week’s action. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)

Tim Hardaway Jr.: 9 (Last Week: 6)

Hardaway is playing perhaps the best offensive basketball of his career. He went 8-of-12 from behind the three point line en route to 41 points over Michigan’s last two games. He’s hit 54 percent of his threes in conference games, tops in the Big Ten. Although he’s missed some shots around the rim – 7-of-19 two point shooting – Hardaway is playing complete basketball: attacking the bucket, playing off of the pick and roll and getting involved in transition.

Mitch McGary: 9 (Last Week: 8)

Michigan might have slipped somewhat through its recent difficult stretch but Mitch McGary has emerged as a star. McGary had the two best scoring performances, 14 and 12 points, of his young career against Ohio State and Wisconsin. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game on 13-of-23 shooting. He also racked up seven steals in just two games, a rare stat for a big man. McGary has gone from a hustle player and impact rebounded to an offensive threat. He hit three mid-range jumpers against Wisconsin and if that becomes a reliable part of his game then the sky is the limit.

Trey Burke: 7.5 (Last Week: 7.5)

17.5 points and six assists per game with a 52% effective field goal percentage isn’t half bad for an average week. Those could be career numbers for a host of other players but for Burke, they are just business as usual. Burke is the only Big Ten player to score at least 15 points in every league game this season and his consistency is oftentimes taken for granted.

Glenn Robinson III: 5 (Last Week: 6.5)

Robinson has been one of the primary scapegoats for Michigan’s recent slide and there’s little doubt that he’s hit a rough patch. The freshman scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting over the last two games combined and is clearly lacking confidence. Is it tired legs? Beilein finally bought Robinson some rest against Wisconsin by playing Bielfeldt for more minutes.

Nik Stauskas: 5.5 (Last Week: 6)

Stauskas hit a couple of big threes against Ohio State but is also dealing with the wear and tear of Big Ten play. He turned the ball over seven times in the last two games and went 2-of-5 inside and 4-of-10 outside over that same span. To his credit, he’s taken to the glass; grabbing 13 rebounds over the last two games.

Jon Horford: 4.5 (Last Week: 7)

Horford has started every game in Jordan Morgan’s absence but his productivity has slowly declined. McGary has been far more impactful and has taken away the lion’s share of minutes at the five position. Horford scored just one bucket in each of the last two games on seven attempts combined. If Morgan remains sidelined, Michigan is going to need more production from Horford to escape East Lansing with a win on Tuesday.

Max Bielfeldt: 4 (Last Week: 1)

Bielfeldt was tapped to play major minutes at Wisconsin to battle against the physical Badger front court. He missed a couple of baskets around the hoop but provided the sort of physical presence the Wolverines needed. His ceiling may be limited but I’d look for Bielfeldt to earn more playing time going forward as John Beilein works to rest his frontcourt with Morgan’s absence.

Spike Albrecht: 3(Last Week: 2.5)

Albrecht struggled against Ohio State’s ball pressure defense but played well against Wisconsin for 11 minutes – including leading a 7-0 run in the first half.

Caris LeVert: 2 (Last Week: 4.5)

LeVert had a forgettable week which bottomed in overtime at Wisconsin. He’s able to get into some good spots offensively but seems to be hesitating just a bit when offensive opportunities present themselves. LeVert has made an impact at times this season but is averaging just 2.5 points per game in league play. He’s shooting well from three point range (5-of-11) but is just 4-of-14 inside the arc.

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  • sane1

    My only comment is that 6 of the 9 players being rated are freshmen. Two are sophs. One junior.

  • DingoBlue

    The trend offensively for McGary lately has definitely been in an upward direction. Here’s hoping his whole game rounds into form the rest of the season and we have him for 2-3 more years.

    • Interesting that McGary’s two best offensive games have come against arguably the two best defenses that Michigan has faced.

      • DingoBlue

        True, but I would bet that McGary was not near the top of the scouting report for either of those games. Still very promising though.

  • umballfan98

    I like what McGary has done the last few games. He’s getting better. We do need Morgan back as he is the key for the pick in roll for Burke and is a great defender inside miss his presence. GR3 and nik are a due for a great road performance soon its bound to happen. This team has one more in this brutal stretch than its four of six at home looking forward to it.

    Looking forward to CBS special on umich bball hitting mgovideo soon.

  • Wayman Britt

    Hopefully with Beilein giving GR3 more rest and with Bacari’s positive encouragement, Glenn get get over this wall and return back to his explosive play.

  • JeremyS

    McGary is becoming such a pleasure to watch play. With his intensity, he’s like an oversized Zack Novak. But his biggest downfall right now is his lack of boxing out. He needs to find a man and put a body on him. He has been allowing way too many preventable rebounds because he doesn’t box out.

    I was frustrated by the playing time that Bielfeldt got this last game. Bielfeldt has gone for games without playing at all, and then all of a sudden he gets 19 minutes in a high profile big 10 game. If he was needed this much, he should have got more playing time in previous games. I understand the reason he is in there is because Morgan is hurt, but it is completely unfair to Bielfeldt.

    • mikey_mac

      UW’s personnel are such a better match for Bielfeldt than DeShaun Thomas or Christian Watford, so I understand why he was unleashed for this last game and not before. Even so, had Morgan been healthy, Bielfeldt’s minutes would likely have been minimal as usual.

  • Matzio

    I think our 5 primary issues right now are:

    1.) No productivity from GRIII. He’s hardly even a presence on the court.
    2.) Levert not being to play smartly when going in for Hardaway. Hardaway would have been far more effective at contesting Winconsin’s miracle shot in or at least proving more pressure against #1 on Wisconsin. Burke even. Anyone but Levert; he’s too inexperienced and that’s a lot of pressure to put on a Freshman. Great shot, however. At least he didn’t foul.
    3. Horford has been playing poor on both ends. He is throwing up bricks after bricks.
    4. The Burke driggle-a-thon is frustrating. I understand runing down the clock and setting up a play, but far too often he runs down the clock so much that only he can take throw up a shot. With the shock clock at 2 it’s hard to have enough focus to make an NBA-contested three. tl;dr he just needs to let other plays get into the passing game and allow ball movement. He holds on to the ball too long because he’s confident. This puts us in a quagmire — he often makes it, but he lacks making the bucket at critical times during the Wisconsin game.

    Just my observations, but I feel these need to be fixed. Plus, give THJR the ball more, he’s a veteran and has proven capable of making very clutch shots.

  • Mattski

    Everyone is criticizing Beilein for not covering the inbounder on Brust’s Hail Mary shot, and I’ve been defending him, especially after reading Ryan saying that’s the way he plays it in that situation, too. My assumption was just that there are x number of ways to go in that situation, that each leaves you exposed in some way, and that Mitch downcourt (where the BASKET is) would have been good had Wisconsin made one more pass. Plus, a crazy shot is a crazy shot to begin with, not necessarily something you pin on a coach, especially with all the in-game player miscues that were equal–if not as obvious–killers in the game.

    But I’m curious what your take on the controversy is, Dylan, and whether you think that the OSU win of two years ago is really connected. I’d bet that more than one team has been killed at the last second by a wild shot twice in three years, but it’s true that we didn’t cover the inbound pass then, either. . .