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Michigan: Matt Vogrich’s New Role

Rick Osentoski- US PRESSWIRE

Last year, Michigan graduated two key seniors in Zach Novak and Stu Douglass.  Both of those players had come to Michigan as unheralded recruits in John Beilein’s first recruiting class at Michigan.  They played through some tough times at Michigan, though eventually achieved their goal of a Big Ten title last year as seniors.

Their biggest skill was their three point shooting, a necessity for a Beilein offense.  Beilein’s offense is dependent on players on the wing shooting and making open threes created by good perimeter ball movement.  For that strategy to work you need dead-eye shooters.  Douglass and Novak were those shooters.  Combined, the two shot over one third of the entire team’s three pointers last year.  Individually, each player shot more three pointers than two point shots last year.

One of the most important abilities for a coach in college basketball is to be able to replace players every year and fill vacated roles.  For Beilein, he needs to find his go-to shooter.

That shooter will likely be senior shooting guard Matt Vogrich.  Vogrich has showed his three point shooting abilities in limited minutes throughout his career for Michigan.  Last year, Vogrich averaged just under eleven minutes per game, while averaging just over two points a game.

However, he should play substantially more minutes with the losses of Novak and Douglass.  Many of those minutes will be in close games in set pieces.  Beilein loves to spread the floor, so Vogrich will often be on the perimeter in set pieces as a catch and shoot option.  He will also benefit from the penetration of Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III.

If Vogrich can take advantage of his new role he will have a big senior year, helping Michigan to their goal vying for a national championship.