What's Eating Glenn Robinson III?

By Connor Muldowney
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Robinson III is in the middle of what you would call a rough patch. Well, I suppose all of the Michigan Wolverines are in the midst of this slump as they have lost three of their last four games.

Robinson has had just 18 points in his last four games after starting the season averaging over 11 points a game. In that span of four games, the freshman forward is shooting just 7-24 from the field, including a 1-5 mark from long range.

So, the question needs to be asked, what is wrong with the star freshman?

There’s nothing wrong with the talented first-year player, maybe a bit of fatigue and the pressures of college basketball expectations getting the best of him.

This happens with most freshman during their first year on campus, the pressures get the best of young players. When your team is struggling and you’re supposed to be the next big man on campus, failure at some point is inevitable.

It could be just a slump, but there is no question that Robinson III is pressing a bit. He hasn’t played as himself lately, but the most reasonable explanation is being worn out. The freshman has played at least 33 minutes in three of his past four games. The one game he didn’t play 33 minutes, he found himself struggling against the Michigan State Spartans.

John Beilein realized that Robinson III can’t keep putting all this pressure on himself, so letting him sit a little bit and think about what he needs to do to get better was the best option.

The Wolverines will need Robinson III to step up his game soon with the season winding down and in the middle of a title race.

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