2013 National Title: Importance of Michigan Wolverines' Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht

By Trevor Lowry
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When thinking of Michigan Wolverines basketball this year, most people would think of Trey Burke or Tim Hardaway Jr., but Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht would not cross a lot of people’s minds. Well, both came up big in the Final Four game against the No. 4 Syracuse Orange and both could be very valuable in the championship game against No. 1 Louisville.

Until the Final Four, LeVert had not scored a single point and he was barely getting any playing time. However, against Syracuse he played for 21 minutes and scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists. On a night that Burke only scored seven points, this could not have come at a better time.

There is no guarantee that LeVert will receive the same amount of playing time in the championship game, but if so, we all know that he can produce for this team, since he did knock down 75 percent of his shots and was 2-3 from behind the arc.

Albrecht, on the other hand, has averaged 10 minutes per game and 3.8 points per game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This may not seem that great, but Albrecht did only play five minutes last game and he managed to hit two threes, finishing with six points in the game.

Albrecht is 7-for-9 from the field and he has not missed a single three-point shot in the dance. That is pretty impressive, considering that he has taken five shots from behind the arc.

These two players are clearly not the most talented on the team, but both Albrecht and LeVert can provide solid production off of the bench if called upon in the national championship game.


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