Game 24: Wisconsin at Michigan Recap


#41

Often, Livers is open and calling for the ball but nobody passes it to him. I saw that a couple times at least in the second half when we could have used it badly.


#42

Simpson was awesome helping out on defense against the Wisconsin bigs. He switched on 6-10, 6-11 guys and was not intimidated by the task. As a matter of fact, he relished it. Dude is such a valuable player.


#43

I feel like “nobody passes it to him” depends on who has the ball. Is it Simpson? You might get it. Is it someone else? Probably not. :slight_smile:


#44

FWIW it anecdotally seems like Iggy is turning into less of a black hole, but the nature of those he’s passing to makes it look like he’s still just as big of a vacuum (assist rate-wise). I don’t know if there’s a way to track kick outs when they don’t lead to baskets though.

I’m not talking actual distributor level stuff, just like one or two nice drives and passes a game.


#45

There was the one possession where Matthews gave it up to him and then he gave it back to Matthews for a corner 3. The pass was terrible, but at least it was there. I thought it was a good step!


#46

Was that in the second half? Was he passing more because he is evolving or because he was 1 for 8 in the first half (and scoreless in Madison)?


#47

It was in the 2nd half, and it was a terrible pass. :slightly_smiling_face: I see it as a freshman evolving into a better player, just as his pull-up in transition (instead of trying to bull to the hoop against multiple defenders) against OSU was evolution. I seriously doubt the decision had anything to do with him having a bad shooting day up to that point.


#48

You would think the coaches would want him shooting and tell others to look for him.


#49

My point was more that Zavier Simpson sees the floor significantly better than the rest of the roster.