Give our opponents credit where credit is due, but from a Michigan perspective, aside from missing shots (obviously), what are the main factors driving these scoring droughts?
- getting stagnant with the basketball; not swinging and reversing the ball for shots in rhythm?
- questionable finishing playing isolation ball when getting to the hoop?
- lack of players that can create their own shot, compared to last year’s team?
I don’t have the analytics, but it seems like there is a drought toward the latter part of a first half and toward the middle to late part of second halves.
Should Beilein micro-manage these games tighter with calling timeouts sooner to help offset the droughts with proper play calling, and re-adjusting the team focus?
This is still a good team, but against upper echelon squads margin for error is minimal. Missed layups, pivot foot traveling issues, lazy fouls, and at times loss of focus/discipline impact this Michigan side, more than prior Coach B teams, with little depth.
Positives to take away from the past few games: DeJulius, and Castleton beginning to become regular rotation players, Brooks might have had a revelation with his hustle at State, Iggy getting his swagger back to early season form.