Man, I hate being the guy who says something bad about MAAR. I really like him, and I think most UM fans do. He’s hit big time shots this year, including game winners against MD and Minny. But for me, this has been the issue that I’ve pushed back on – the claim that he is or should be a “big-time” “go-to” player. He really hasn’t shown it, certainly not consistently.
-In conference play this year, his usage is 18% (high for him, but still quite low, 30th percentile), shooting 43% on 2s and 36% on 3s. He’s been more assertive at times this year, but he’s still using the possessions at the rate of a role player, and he’s shot less efficiently.
-Consider that Duncan Robinson is scoring more points/min this year than MAAR (as are Wagner, Matthews, and Poole).
-In the 18 games against high major comp this year, he’s scored single digits 7 times.
-Even against Wiscy, he went 4/10 (0/3 on 3s). He made 7-8 FTs, but they were all late on intentional fouls – i.e., he wasn’t getting to the line during the course of the game. He had 8 points on 4-10 shooting until FT time. Of course, he made 7 of 8, and I’d love for him to be on the line late in tight games.
-Consider @NU, he had 11 points on 3/6 shooting (1/4 on 3s) (4/4 FTs). He was passive, even though the offense was basically begging for someone to make something happen.
MAAR has had a wonderful career at UM, especially for someone who was so lightly recruited. I’m hoping he has a big-time revenge game against PSU, the home-state school that wouldn’t offer. He seems to have a steady presence and personality, and I’d be happy if he’s taking the late FTs or shots in close games. He’s played well defensively. He’s had some offensive outbursts. He just hasn’t been a consistent go-to or big-time offensive guy over the course of his career or even this season.