ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Even the best performers have an off night once in a while.
And for three-point specialist Duncan Robinson, in Michigan’s 74-69 win against Minnesota on Wednesday, that was his off night, finishing with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting from three-point range.
“You’re going to miss shots,” Robinson said. “To be honest, I was kind of encouraged. A lot of them felt kind of good. They were good misses, back rim. I wasn’t necessarily down about it. I’m a little disappointed when you miss shots.”
Through 19 games played this season, Robinson is making 51.6 percent of his 3s and leads U-M with 64 three-point shots made.
So while his struggles against Minnesota were uncharacteristic to say the least, he says his routine is to get right back in the gym the next morning and start working on his shot again.
“Just made sure I got in afterwards, and right my wrongs you could say,” said Robinson.
Michigan coach John Beilein has consistently told him to not over do it or practice too much, says Robinson, who is known to shoot in the gym for hours after games.
“He’s right in some aspects, I’ve never really competed at this level before,” Robinson said of Beilein. “It’s definitely physical demands of playing at such a high level in the Big Ten that you might now necessarily realize. I do needs to stay better about that sort of thing. He’s been staying on me about it. I just try to find kind of a happy medium and find that sweet spot between the two.”
Adding: “I just got to a better managing of my time and my reps.”
U-M (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten) plays at Nebraska at 2 p.m. today.