Michigan's Glenn Robinson III snaps slump with thunderous dunks and a double-double
Despite struggling to muster up anything productive during Michigan's four game stretch at Indiana, vs. Ohio State, at Wisconsin and at Michigan State, the 6-foot-6 freshman says he's not tired, he's not worn out, he's not confused.
On Sunday, he finally proved it. Robinson broke out for 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-71 win over Penn State -- his most productive game in basically a month.
"I don't think it was fatigue, I'm fine, I feel great," Robinson said Sunday. "Our strength and conditioning coach does a great job with that, it wasn't fatigue.
"I don't know. I wasn't getting the cuts I usually get, (teams) were kind of taking those away. But I just kept getting in the gym, and today was my day."
Michigan was playing against Penn State on Sunday, easily the worst team in the league. But Robinson finally showed signs of the player who started the season with springs in his sneakers and energy coming out of his ears.
He played above the rim almost all night long, finishing with five dunks, three of them alley-oop slams.
He was aggressive on the fast break, made a strong move to the rim in the lane and finally showed back up as a rebounder.
"Obviously he's had a few games where he hasn't played his best and to come out here -- I think he had 21 and 10 -- that's a big game for him," Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas said. "You saw him get a bunch of highlight dunks, and that's what we want from Glenn. We want him to get easy baskets and dunks in transition. I know he's happy and I know his confidence will get a booster from this.
"We know if we run in transition, he's going to get wide-open dunks, I'm going to get wide-open 3s and everyone's going to be happy. So we just want to get stops and run."
Michigan is now 16-0 when Robinson scores in double figures, and 17-0 when he has at least five rebounds.
In Michigan's four losses, Robinson is averaging 4 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Asked if it was difficult to stomach that kind of stretch, Robinson said it wasn't as bad as some might think, basically because he had no other choice but to fight through it.
"It wasn't that hard," he said. "I just kept getting in the gym, getting shots up, I was in here as late as I could be sometimes getting reps. I knew my time would come again. Today was my day to kind of execute, and they found me at the right spots."
Michigan coach John Beilein has maintained that Robinson's struggles of late have less to do with fatigue and more to do with how opponents are guarding him.
He can't just jump over everyone in this league, and now, he's starting to figure that out.
"Everybody will guard him a little bit different, every game is different," Beilein said. "The only thing you can do is just experience it.
"To do that takes a long time, but I just love what he gave us. He's an energy player, he's a slasher and a burner, he gets out on the fast break and gives us the quickness that most teams really want and he can really guard people. It's all part of the process."
Robinson bounced back Sunday in a big way.
But can he stay at this level for the rest of the season?
That's the big question.
"We've been working in practice, and I've been showing it in practice," Robinson said. "I just executed.
"Today was my day to step up, and that's what I tried to do."
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