Form Tracker: March 8th, 2013

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Michigan 58, Michigan State 57-28

Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players over two game segments. Photo: Dustin Johnston

Trey Burke: 10 (Last Week: 7)

Michigan’s star point guard continued his downright legendary season over the past two games, wins over Michigan State at home and Purdue on the road. His averages over those two games: 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4 steals and 1.5 turnovers. And these numbers, transcendent though they are, don’t include the fact that he sealed the crucial win over the Spartans with a miraculous steal and dunk against Keith Appling, or that he single-handedly brought Michigan back from down 12 on the road in the second half in front of a raucous Purdue crowd. Burke finally gets his long-overdue 10, and it’s richly deserved.

Tim Hardaway Jr.: 5 (Last Week: 7)

Hardaway had a really tough game against Michigan State, scoring just six points and missing all three of his 3-point attempts. While the junior would certainly like a few shots back against Purdue — mainly the ones around the basket — he still managed a much better stat line: 16 points and five rebounds isn’t amazing, but it’s nothing to sneeze at. Hardaway’s 3-point shooting was also slightly better — his 3-for-7 performance against Purdue was the first time he’s cracked 40 percent for a game since playing at Wisconsin on February 9th.

Nik Stauskas: 6 (Last Week: 4)

After suffering an elbow to the face from Branden Dawson that required four stitches, Stauskas bounced back nicely against Purdue. The freshman was aggressive going to the basket and knocked down a few midrange jumpers along with his two 3-pointers (on just four attempts) to rack up 17 points. Stauskas being more than just a perimeter threat and involved in the screen-and-roll opens up so many opportunities for Michigan’s offense it’s tough to imagine the coaching staff going away from it.

Caris LeVert: 6 (Last Week: 4)

After Nik Stauskas went down early in the game against Michigan State, Michigan needed someone to fill in — and Caris LeVert stepped up to the plate in a big way. The freshman took a lot of shots — 11 of them, in fact — but he was aggressive and never allowed his defender to get comfortable, scoring eight points and stealing the ball twice in one of his better games of the season on both ends of the court. Against Purdue, he didn’t do much logging just one third as many minutes as he saw against the Spartans.

Mitch McGary: 5.5 (Last Week: 4)

McGary had a pretty good offensive game during the 21 minutes he played against Michigan State, scoring 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting. But, um, what’s going on with McGary’s defensive rebounding? The 6-foot-10 freshman has one or fewer defensive rebound in each of Michigan’s past five games. While his offensive rebounding numbers continue to be staggering (8th in the country according to kenpom), McGary needs to pick it up on the other end.

Jordan Morgan: 5 (Last Week: 6)

Morgan didn’t have quite the offensive production he had last week, but the redshirt junior notched one of his better defensive performances of the year against Michigan State, matched up with the Spartans’ exceptional post man Derrick Nix. Against this elephantine mass of humanity, Morgan held his ground and anticipated where Nix wanted to go expertly. Against Purdue, Morgan missed his only field goal attempt and was less effective.

Glenn Robinson III: 5 (Last Week: 5)

After a solid performance against Michigan State that saw Robinson take some key charges as well as score eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, the freshman struggled against Purdue. Robinson shot just 2-of-7 from the field and missed an astounding amount of easy layups. Robinson is usually very sound around the basket, so that performance can be chalked up as a fluke.

Spike Albrecht: 3.5 (Last Week: 5)

Albrecht didn’t do much against Michigan State besides draw a key foul on Keith Appling, but the freshman was effective against Purdue; in increased playing time, Albrecht made his only shot and also logged a steal and an assist.

Jon Horford: 1.5 (Last Week: 4.5)

Horford is simply not making the sort of progress many Michigan fans expected of him this year once he got healthy. Minutes are tough to come by at times for the big men — Horford played just four minutes in each of Michigan’s past two contests.

Max Bielfeldt: 1.5 (Last Week: N/A)

Bielfeldt didn’t play against Michigan State and missed his only shot against Purdue in three minutes of game action.

  • David

    Hey! You forgot about Vogrich and his 3-pointer / continuation!

  • Merlin50

    I hate this feature. These are kids that go up and down but they always give 100% and thats all we can ask.

  • Mtung

    Below is an email message that is being sent by certain clever Kalamaoo base attorneys to all MSU fan they can locate:
    On behalf of Michigan fans everywhere, I’d like to extend a
    warm welcome to our Sparty Brothers as we all join forces this weekend to cheer
    for the defending Big 10 Champion Michigan Wolverines. As you know, a
    Michigan victory over Indiana would not only propel Michigan to a back-to-back
    championship, but also would allow Michigan State to back into a share of the
    title as well (provided they can beat Northwestern). In order to
    facilitate your understanding and enjoyment of the Michigan/IU game, I would like
    to offer a few tips:

    1. You may be confused to see that Michigan normally plays with only
    5 participants on the court during game action. You’ll probably be asking
    yourself, “aren’t there usually 6 guys out there . . . 5 wearing basketball uniforms
    and then one older gentleman wearing a suit?” Relax, this is
    normal. Coach Belein normally stays on the bench rather than straying
    onto the court. To put it in terms you’ll understand, I guess he’s more
    like Russell Byrd than Tom Izzo.

    2. Michigan may score more than 60 points. Don’t worry, this is
    completely legal. Contrary to what you may have become accustomed to,
    there is no Big 10 rule requiring games to end up 55 – 53. Michigan
    likely will score in the 70s or even 80s; as gracious hosts, they probably will
    permit Indiana to do the same.

    3. Under established common law principles, if any announcer observes that
    Nik Stauskas “is more than just a 3 point shooter” or words to that effect, you
    are required to immediately finish your drink.

    4. Our point guard’s name is Trey Burke. Just Trey Burke.
    Contrary to the way you probably have traditionally said it, there is no
    expletive before or after his first name. You should practice saying his
    name on Saturday so you don’t slip up during game time.

    5. IMPORTANT: Regardless of what happens, do not set fire to any
    upholstered furniture. Indiana is the enemy here, not your couch.

    I hope these guidelines will make your viewing experience
    more enjoyable on Sunday. If you have questions, or you need anyone to
    explain any of the bigger words used in this email to you, please don’t
    hesitate to ask. Thanks, and GO BLUE!

  • JB

    Wouldn’t mind seeing some defensive mentions for the perimeter players, especially because they seem to have the greatest variance. I thought Stauskas played his best defensive game against Purdue, while Hardaway looked like a freshman against the Boilers, often missing switches and not finding shooters.