John Beilein won't say if he'll leave struggling Jordan Morgan in Michigan's starting lineup
The Michigan junior forward botched three layups in the game's opening minutes Thursday against Penn State, and finished with just four points, on 2 of 6 shooting, and one rebound in 10 minutes.
The performance wasn't exactly a bounce-back for Morgan after an excruciating miss at the buzzer against Indiana on Sunday, and asked whether or not he plans on leaving the 6-foot-8 Morgan in the starting lineup, Michigan's John Beilein wouldn't commit to anything.
"We talk about the roster and the rotation every day," Beilein said. "We'll probably do that again.
"Change, I'm not going to say we're going to do it or aren't going to do it. Sometimes, if we do make a change, (maybe) Jordan would play more relaxed coming off the bench and make some of the shots he missed.
Morgan's head never seemed to be in the game Thursday against Penn State, an eventual 83-66 Michigan victory.
Freshman forward Mitch McGary and sophomore Jon Horford, on the other hand, were absolutely into the game.
McGary saved Michigan during the first half by posting 10 points and 10 boards before the break. Horford finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds in just 10 minutes. Together, the duo combined for 21 points and 16 rebounds in a combined 33 minutes.
Morgan, meanwhile, spent most of the game on the bench -- as he also committed three fouls.
But Beilein wouldn't say either way if he planned on removing Morgan from the lineup in favor of McGary or Horford.
"It's up in the air if I decide it's up in the air," Beilein said. "Right now it's too soon to make that (decision).
"I'll watch some film, we'll talk, we'll look at matchups and decide what we're going to do."
Morgan has started 26 of the team's 32 games this season, and has suffered from an ankle injury for the better part of the second half of the year.
Right now, though, Morgan seems to be suffering from a confidence issue.
Something the Wolverines need to clear up right away.
"As coach John Wooden once said, 'repetition is the key to knowledge,' " Michigan big man coach Bacari Alexander said. "The more we continue to work on those situations in practice, Jordan Morgan will find smooth air.
"But I think it really boils down to the repetition they get on the practice court."
Michigan won't have much time to rep Morgan before its next game, the fifth-seeded Wolverines play fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday (2:30 p.m., ESPN).
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