Three reasons why Michigan’s ceiling might be pretty high this year:
The defense - it’s (probably?) time to stop talking about this defense as “good for Michigan” – it’s (probably?) just plain good. It has things it does well consistently - defensive rebound, prevent 3s and transition opportunities, and get TOs. And it’s quite versatile when you look at the lineup of Simpson, MAAR, Matthews, and Livers – a lot of length, quickness, and toughness. Even Mo has been upping his game recently, with 6 blocks in his last 4 games, his defensive rebounding, and his solid ball screen defense. I still worry about dominant post men, but overall, the defense is quite good.
Mo Wagner - Since Mo’s 1-10 start, he is shooting 48% from 3 (42% overall) and is very efficient while being very versatile from 2 – taking it to the rim, posting up, etc. He’s a special offensive weapon at the college level.
Depth – even besides Mo, we have several starters who are offensive weapons – Matthews and MAAR, in particular, with Livers and Simpson also capable. Then, bringing Robinson, Poole, and Teske off the bench is a very solid 6-8. Teske is an upgrade defensively and solid offensively. Poole is a great shooter and spark-plug. Robinson is a great shooter (I’m going with it) and veteran. That’s a deep, versatile rotation 1-8.
The surprising possible Achilles heel(s)? FT shooting (specifically Simpson and Matthews) and general shooting off-the-dribble in the 1-3 spots. And perhaps the not-so-surprising possibility, post defense.