Robinson's Aggressive Play, Dunks Spark U-M

STORY: Glenn Robinson III scored 12 points in a highlight filled U-M 66-56 victory over Minnesota. What's the reason behind his play of late? ***Read Inside***

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Glenn Robinson III is a human highlight film waiting to happen.

And that was evident Saturday night.

With Michigan looking for a burst in a rather uneventful first-half, Robinson came off a back-door screen and threw down a vicious two-handed alley-oop dunk that brought the sold-out Crisler Center crowd to their feet.

It was one of two alley-oop dunks by Robinson on the night, as he would finish with 12 points on an efficient 6-of-10 shooting, as the Wolverines defeated Minnesota 66-56 to capture a share of the Big Ten title for the second time in three seasons.

But how Robinson has been scoring as of late, is what has been sparking the Wolverines during their current three game win streak. He's been aggressive, attacking the rim and using his athleticism to create easy scoring chances in the lane.

"Definitely, I'm finding open lanes," Robinson said on his play of late. "Just feeding off my teammates drives more."

Robinson, who has disappeared offensively at times this season, is in the middle of his most consistent run of the season. He has scored 44 points on 19-of-33 shooting in his past three games, including his game winning bank shot at Purdue, which gave the Wolverines a 77-76 overtime win over the Boilermakers.

"I think I have been in the gym more," Robinson replied, when asked on why he's playing with more aggression as of late. "(My) outside shot isn't falling. I think my mid-range is falling a little bit coming off those quick ball screens on top of the key. And doing a good job of reading my guys, reading my players. I know that my defense will create transition. I have just been playing as hard as I can defensively and trying to get out in transition."

And that's part of the allure of Robinson, he stands at 6-foot-6, 220-pounds, and physically bigger than most of his opponents. When he is able to get out in transition and win 50-50 balls it helps create his "aggressive" play, said U-M coach John Beilein.

"He's much more aggressive," Beilein said on the play of Robinson. "The 55-50 ball, he got a big one today. Caris (LeVert) missed a three, he end up coming up with it and a put back."

But the major difference in Robinson's game may just be his attitude.

"Yeah, I think he's having fun," Beilein said. "I think he is really embracing the idea that he's a leader on this team ‘and I'm going to have fun no matter what is happening.' The way to have fun, is do some of the stuff people don't appreciate. Because he knows his teammates need him to do that. Because if he does that, we have a better chance of winning."

And when Robinson is playing with aggression, the Wolverines are hard to beat.

"That's Glenn's game," said Nik Stauskas. "He's most effective when he's attacking the offensive glass (and) going for backdoor cuts, and driving straight lines down the lane. And when he's doing that, we're a dangerous team."

Michigan (21-7, 13-3 Big Ten) can clinch its first outright Big Ten title in 28 years with a win at Illinois (17-12, 6-10) this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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