2013 NCAA Tournament: No. 4 Michigan Wolverines' Role Players Coming Up Big

By Trevor Lowry
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines will play the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the Sweet 16 and Michigan will continue to win if its roll players keep coming up big.

Although Michigan has plenty of talent on its team, there are currently only two stars on the team and those two players are Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Both players have led the Wolverines in scoring all season long, especially Burke, who is putting up 18.8 points per game on the year.

Burke and Hardaway Jr. are going to get their points no matter what opposing teams do, but it is the role players on this team that are really going to take them far.

Against the No. 13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Glenn Robinson III came up big with 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 of his own. In the round of 32 against the No. 5 VCU Rams, Mitch McGary went off for 21 points and Robinson had 14. These two freshmen have been huge for the Wolverines in the 2013 NCAA Tournament to say the least.

If these two players continue to shine, how are opposing teams supposed to cover them, Burke and Hardaway Jr.? The correct answer is they won’t be able to. Burke and Hardaway Jr. get a lot of the attention from opposing teams, so just imagine writing up a game plan having to cover all four of these players.

Surprisingly, Michigan is only averaging 74.5 points per game in the tourney, while it is averaging 75.2 points per game on the year.

Kansas scores around the same amount as Michigan does, so it should be a pretty high-scoring affair in the Sweet 16. However, if the Wolverines’ two role players keep up the scoring production, Michigan is going to find itself playing in the Elite Eight.


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