Nik Stauskas 17, Caris LeVert 16, Glenn Robinson III 15 and Zak Irvin 13 ... their scoring led the charge in a 79-60 victory over Wayne State Monday night.
What is impressive about the distribution of points last night is the potential for the Wolverines to always have multiple scorers. Having a lineup that can have various players score makes it hard for a team to stop your offense. It also takes pressure off of one or two players to carry the load, knowing that if one of your guys is off there are others that can help.
Last week Glenn Robinson III had 33 points -- something the Michigan staff will take every outing, but realistically that is not going to happen. In this game things were spread around more, leading to a balanced attack. And for Robinson it was to his liking.
"I like it when everybody across the board scoring 14-15 points," Robinson said. "That means we have a well balanced team. It shows that we don't have one player they can stop. It shows a lot about our team -- we have a lot of great players on our team and will continue to get better."
The teams that the Wolverines compete against will try and take certain elements from them offensively. Having trust in your teammates will be important -- knowing full well that sharing the ball and having confidence in their teammates helps get the job done. This is having a balanced offense which bodes well for this team.
"This game actually everyone kind of balanced out with points," Robinson said. "Point-wise you know Nik, Caris stepped up, and Zak did a great job. They were pressuring our shooters so we didn't have that many open shots when we drove to the lane, so it was a kick out every time. They were throwing two and three people in the lane every time -- so I just kicked it out and had confidence in my shooters."
The bottom line is Michigan does not have Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway around anymore, but what they do have is a collection of versatility, depth, and balance. It is a strength with this line-up that they didn't have last year, and that clearly should be an asset this season. Looking at the potential that Michigan has, this could create difficulties for teams that cannot stop a balanced attack.
U-M's balance in scoring bodes well for hoops
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