It is easy to let the bigger stars in the NCAA Tournament get all the attention. For good reason too, as players like Trey Burke are establishing a special place for themselves in college basketball lore. But it is players who go widely unnoticed, however, that sometimes have the biggest impacts in the biggest games. No game (so far) is bigger for the Michigan Wolverines than the battle against the Florida Gators later this afternoon.
Both teams feature a slew of topnotch talent. For those complaining of the lack of “stars” in college hoops–this game has plenty and raises you some good basketball as well. Still, it might not come down to Tim Hardaway Jr. or Burke for Michigan. If the Wolverines plan on earning a victory, it may very well be the play of Glenn Robinson III who propels them to the Final Four.
On the season, Robinson averages 11 points and less than six boards a game. While they are not other-worldly numbers, they don’t tell the whole story. Robinson is as capable as any player in the country to go bonkers. In fact, in the tournament alone he has a game in which he scored 21 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Robinson also has the propensity to disappear from games. Being only a freshman, though, will do that to anyone (Just ask Ben McLemore). Regardless, the Wolverines are going to need the best version of Robinson to show up. Enough games have been played where he should know his role and be able to excel in it.
No, Robinson will not be the best player on the court, but he might end up being the most important.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone