Livers was 3-of-12 from the floor with 3 turnovers in games against IU, OSU, UCLA, Texas. He’s played one good game against a high-major team (at UNC) and it was a blowout loss and a lot came in garbage time.
Making shots is very important. He hit huge run-stopping threes tonight from the corner. Those are massive shots. When a guy makes as many shots in one game as he has made in the last 6 games combined then you can’t just say “big deal”. He had 3 assists today which is 1 less than he had in Michigan’s first 12 games combined.
Thought Beilein’s quotes in the postgame about Livers were very interesting and worth a listen. He’s learning how to play, where to go, how hard he has to play, etc.
There’s never been any doubt that he has a higher ceiling and more physical ability to play the four than Duncan Robinson. The doubts were: can he consistently be in the right spot in an important game? Can he knock down open shots?
I think as much as anyone he really benefited from the 3-game stretch vs. Detroit/AM/Jacksonville because he got some minutes, reps, hit shots, made more plays, etc.