There will be plenty of great players to take the court tonight in the 2013 National Championship Game, but let’s take a look at one Michigan Wolverines player in particular. What can we expect from Mitch McGary tonight?
First, let’s take a look at McGary’s line of work in the 2013 NCAA Tournament so far. He is averaging 16 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game. He has also had one game where he stole the ball five times and another game where he had six assists. Keep in mind, McGary is only averaging 7.5 points per game and 6.3 assists per game on the season.
Trey Burke is the best player on this team, but no one has stepped up his game more for this team in the dance than McGary.
McGary may struggle to score tonight, since Gorgui Dieng will be in the post for the Louisville Cardinals, but McGary will still rack up the rebounds and he will make a huge impact on both sides of the ball. Against Syracuse, McGary played a very good 2-3 zone–good is an understatement–and although he wasn’t always able to dominate in the post, he did manage to kick out the ball plenty of times to open shooters, which led to six assists in the game.
McGary will likely produce a double-double tonight or very close to it. He will bang away in the post on both sides of the ball and if he has a big enough game, Michigan will come away with the victory. However, Dieng is a great defender for the Cardinals, which will make for one heck of a matchup tonight.