The Michigan Wolverines have been one of the best teams in the country this season through 21 games, but in the last five games, they have been anything but.
They once held the No. 1 spot in the AP poll, but have recently struggled because of a tough 20-day stretch in which they played seven games, including four on the road and three against ranked opponents.
Michigan is the eighth youngest team in college basketball and that becomes more impressive when you look at the overall product that they have put forth. They are 22-4 this season and other than the rough five-game turbulence they’ve recently suffered, they are a top-five team in the country.
Guys like Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been keeping this team afloat all season long. The crazy thing– none of them are seniors and two are freshmen.
This team is void of seniors amongst players that average more than seven minutes per game. That makes for a solid foundation for a successful future for this program, but what about right now?
I’ve mentioned this many times before, but Michigan’s crucial downfall is their lack of scoring and production in the post. Besides Robinson III, Michigan’s main big men average 13.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. These numbers between three of the main post players on the team is a complete lack of production.
The Michigan big men need to make like the rest of the team and overcome adversity that is shining down hard on them. Teams have been exploiting their weakness down low and that is something that, if fixed, will turn Michigan’s season around for the better once again.
This team is young, talented and full of potential, but overcoming adversity stands in the way of their success.