By Josh Paulisin @JoshPaulisin on March 27, 2014
One year after making the national championship game, Michigan is making another deep tournament run. After disposing of Wofford and Texas on opening weekend, Michigan heads to Indianapolis as one of the final 16 teams in the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines will take on Tennessee on Friday at 7:15 p.m. on CBS. In order for John Beilein and his Wolverines to be victorious, here are five players who need to deliver in the Sweet 16.
The near hero of last year's championship game, Spike Albrecht is still an essential piece to the Wolverines' puzzle. Beilein has turned to his sophomore guard to close out games. Michigan will need his experience in big games to come through in the clutch.
Glenn Robinson III may be the most frustrating player in the country. He has all the ability to be dominant, but fails to assert himself on a nightly basis. Michigan has proven it can win without a much from Robinson, but some contribution would be nice.
Last year, Caris LeVert was on the verge of redshirting. This year, LeVert is the most improved player in the Big Ten. A complement to Nik Stauskas, LeVert is the second option when it comes to scoring. He will have step up if teams shut down Stauskas.
Last year at this time, Jordan Morgan took a back seat to Mitch McGary. With McGary lost for the year, Morgan has made his presence felt in this year's tournament. As Michigan's go-to big man, Morgan will be huge when it comes to shutting down opposing big men.
Big players come up big in big-time games. That's exactly what Nik Stauskas needs to do for Michigan to succeed. Stauskas is a scoring machine and the Wolverines' offense runs through him. As the Big Ten Player of the Year, Stauskas needs to continue to play like it if Michigan is to get through Indianapolis.
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