ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Walk-on Andrew Dakich saw an extended amount of playing time last season due to the Michigan roster being ravaged with injuries. Fast-forward to present day, Dakich will be called on once again to see the court because injuries caused it to become necessary.
U-M head coach John Beilein's plans for Dakich were for him to redshirt last season so he could transfer somewhere and be on scholarship for one season. That doesn't appear to be happening now as the junior will have to burn the redshirt yet again to play due.
With Spike Albrecht no longer playing, Beilein said that Dakich will now see extended minutes and sees similarities between the two players.
"It'll be the return of Andrew Dakich on the floor," Beilein said. "He's been playing great, he's got a lot of Spike in him. I mean that as a very positive and complimentary way. He will help us off the bench. Caris and Muhammad will play the guards and Andrew will back them up until we get Derrick back."
For now, there's not much the team and coaching staff can do other than move forward. The loss to SMU and losing a captain isn't the best way to cap off a week but Beilein says the team must improve and grow from adversity.
"We continue to embrace sudden and see how our team can grow from some adversity that we've seen," Beilein said. "Both the disappointing performance against SMU and now the loss of a leader and a captain. We have to embrace it, find solutions, improve and do everything that we can because of the situation we're in right now."