He wasn’t the leading scorer, in fact four other Wolverines scored more points. But he was the best player for Michigan for one reason: he played a complete game, the type of game the Wolverines need from McGary and others in Big Ten competition.
McGary picked up 12 points, nine rebounds and a career high six assists.
The 54 points is the largest the team has had under head coach John Beilein. But considering the competition, that’s obviously not saying much. But players like McGary, who take as much pride grabbed the rebounds and dishing out the assists are likely to make a key difference down the stretch against a Big Ten opponent.
Coming into Saturday’s game, McGary was doing his part with an average of 9.78 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. His totals are up from his freshman season. A lot was expected from McGary coming into the season including All-American accolades. So far, he’s probably fallen a little short of such expectations but there’s still plenty of time for McGary to show his true potential.
Lopsided games don’t do the Wolverines any good, They’re better off in battles they’ll have next weekend with Arizona. But if McGary can continue to focus on complete games regardless of the opponent, then he’ll be the one player the Wolverines can count on for key contributions during the rest of the season.