'Ask Nick' answered: Has Michigan peaked? What's wrong with Glenn Robinson III?
Apparently there was some substance to that.
Michigan was pasted Tuesday night at Michigan State, its most humiliating loss of the season -- and arguably its most humiliating loss of the John Beilein era, considering the expectations for this current club.
So, now what?
You all had plenty of questions this week (as expected), so let's get right to it.
Question: After watching last nights game and the other woeful losses at Ohio State, Indiana, and Wisconsin, should we expect this team to be able to fight through adversity throughout the rest of the season and make a run in both of the B1G tournament and the big dance? -- Andrew
A: Well, Andrew, that's the big question right now.
It basically comes down to this: Was Michigan a team that peaked in January, or is it a club that will use adversity to reach its ultimate potential?
Honestly, we really have to wait and see. We won't know the answer to this, in my opinion, until at least the end of the regular season.
One could certainly argue right now that Michigan's best basketball came on Jan. 6 at home against Iowa, when the Wolverines were clicking on all cylinders in a dominating 95-67 win at Crisler Center.
Everything, and I mean everything, seemed to work that day. And though Michigan's had some lopsided wins since then, we still haven't seen the team play at that extremely high level again.
And it certainly hasn't performed to that level against elite opponents.
Has Michigan played its best basketball already? Or is there more ahead? We'll have to wait for that answer.
Question: Why don't the Michigan coaches adjust to this trend and coach the players to play defense more aggressively? This would place the onus on the refs to make the calls and just maybe Michigan's defense will improve with the added aggression. -- Scott in Baltimore
A: That's a terrific question, Scott.
This certainly goes against John Beilein's defensive philosophy, as he's always prided himself as a coach who teaches his players not to foul.
But in this league? That might have to change.
Beilein has been critical of the officiating as a whole this season, saying that far too many things aren't being called under the basket and in the lane.
So the question now becomes, if they're not calling that stuff, then why aren't you doing it? When Tim Hardaway Jr. or Trey Burke drive the lane and get bodied by a post player and it's not called, there's nothing saying you can't try the same thing at the other end.
If it becomes a situation where the officiating isn't consistent, then you've got a problem.
But this isn't a consistency issue, in my opinion. It's certain teams getting away with what they know they can, while Michigan is trying to play without fouling -- and it's getting the ball dunked in its face as a result.
Question: What is happening to Glen Robinson III? Will he return to form this year? -- Aaron
A: The other popular question of the week.
Here's the deal, guys. Glenn Robinson III didn't wake up three weeks ago and forget how to play basketball. It just didn't happen.
He, in my opinion, is gassed. He's played a ton of minutes basically since day one. He's the only freshman that's started all 25 games this season, and he's doing so against bigger competition almost every night.
Now, that can't be an excuse. You've played 25 games, you either have to start taking care of yourself better, or you have to be honest with the staff and let them know that you're wearing down.
Obviously this isn't something Robinson can really fix until the offseason, where he clearly needs to go through the same training regiment Michigan put Trey Burke through.
But, in my opinion, it's more than just being tired. Being tired has led to an erosion of confidence. He doesn't want to shoot the ball. He doesn't want to go to the basket. And he's just extremely tentative.
Odds are, Robinson's never experienced anything like this in his life -- he's probably never struggled to play at a high level, ever.
But he is now, and he has to figure it out. His talent's the same as it was three weeks ago -- he just needs to realize that. At this point, I think it's mental.
Question: Is Trey Burke really ready for NBA? Every pointguard of note has dominated him. He is mediocre on D and has not made THE shot in BIG games. He does not dominate. -- David
A: Yes. He is.
I'm not sure what else to say here.
Trey Burke is absolutely ready to be an NBA player. No ifs ands or buts.
Question: Coach JB had his 60th birthday a few weeks ago, he is 6 decades young... Now my question is, do you think he will win a National Championship at Michigan with his current style??? If so when? Since he is 60 y.o. now, when do you see him retiring? -- XTR
A: I can't predict whether Michigan will win a national championship any better than you can, X. So much has to happen.
What I can predict is that Beilein has a team, right now, that's capable of competing for one.
He has an elite point guard, a high-level two-guard, a 3-point shooter, three big men and an athletic do-it-all player. On paper, Michigan has everything it needs to get to a Final Four and to win it.
It just does.
But, the only people that play the NCAA tournament on paper are those participating in friendly (or illegal!!!) bracket pools.
Beilein has to prepare his team to be at its best come March, and see what happens.
Some of it's luck. Not every national champion has had to go through the toughest teams the tournament has to offer. Maybe you get a favorable draw?
There's too much speculation involved to answer that question one way or another.
He has the team to do it right now. They just have to go prove it.
Question: Offensively, how could Stauskas and Robinson adjust to get more open shots? Is it just that they are fatigued, not strong enough, or are they just not fitting into Beilein's offense now that Big Ten defenses are tougher than the nonconference schedule? -- HeartbreakM
A: They just have to get tougher, Heartbreak. No other way around it.
I thought Stauskas did a decent job against Michigan State the other night, he shot the ball, finished with 10 points. Could he have done more? Sure. But he wasn't invisible.
I have a hard time criticizing Stauskas too much right now. He's going through some fatigue, too, just like everyone else. But at least he's getting shots up. He's at least making his presence felt out there.
Robinson's just not. He's way too quiet, way too passive.
I'm not sure there's anything Michigan can draw up to help Robinson right now. He just has to start bringing it harder.
Question: Did Beilein make the team walk back to Ann Arbor (after the Michigan State loss)? -- magoo
A: Magoo, I doubt it.
But I'm sure there's a few people who wouldn't have blamed him if he did.
As always, thanks to everyone who participated this week.
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