Ever since the schedule came out, this game was circled, underlined, and highlighted. College Gameday is here and I will be able to cross another thing off my bucket list. Michigan comes in ranked #1 and brings with them the most efficient offense in the nation. Trey Burke’s decision to return for his sophomore year has made the Wolverines a legit title contender. It should be one of the better back-and-forth games of the year in an amazing atmosphere.
Looking at the numbers, it is evident there is one reason why Michigan’s offense is so efficient: Trey Burke. For a point guard, Burke is incredibly efficient in nearly all facets of the game. Stopping his penetration off ball screens will be a key for Indiana if they want to knock off the top ranked team in the country. With Burke driving and guys like Nik Stuakas, Tim Hardaway and Glenn Robinson III spotting up on the perimeter, it makes it for a pick your poison kind of offense. Two high powered offenses should create quite an exciting game but the winner will be determined by who can execute their defensive game plan the best.
With that, here’s the scouting report for tomorrow night’s game:
Game time: 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale)
Michigan Wolverines: 20-1 (7-1) Rank: 1 AP/3 KenPom
#3 Trey Burke: 6-0 190 So. G 17.9ppg 7.1apg 3.0rpg
-Burke is one of the top guards in the country because of his superior decision making skills. He might not be the best player in college basketball but no one is more valuable to his team than Trey.
#10 Tim Hardaway Jr.: 6-6 205 Jr. G 15.5ppg 2.6apg 5.0rpg
-Hardaway and Oladipo should be the best matchup of the game. Both players have improved a lot from their first two years. Can’t leave him open anymore.
#11 Nik Staukas: 6-6 190 Fr. G 12.6ppg 1.3apg 3.0rpg
-One of the more surprising players this year, Staukas is a knock down three point shooter and an underrated penetrator. If Hulls guards him, he just can’t go away from him very far because he will put it up quickly.
#1 Glenn Robinson III: 6-6 210 Fr. F 12.1ppg 1.3apg 5.8rpg
-Another son of a former NBA player, Robinson III is really solid for a freshman. Good rebounder, good shooter, and freak athlete. Not much more you want from your 4-man.
#52 Jordan Morgan: 6-8 250 Jr. F 6.4ppg 0.4apg 5.2rpg
-All the starting matchups are pretty even except for this one. Indiana has a big advantage with Cody Zeller but Zeller has had a tendecency to disappear as of late which the Hoosiers can’t afford to have him do in this big of game.
Coming off the bench:
#15 Jon Horford: 6-10 250 So. F 2.6ppg 0.3apg 2.6rpg
-Horford will have to play a lot more if Morgan can’t go. I think that is good for the Hoosiers because Horford doesn’t provide nearly as much as Morgan would.
#4 Mitch McGary: 6-10 250 Fr. F 5.6ppg 0.4apg 6.0rpg–McGary is there most solid option off the bench. He brings athleticism and toughness that can bother a lot of teams. He thrives on getting out on the break when he can and finishing at the rim.
#2 Spike Albrecht
#13 Matt Vogrich
#23 Chris LeVert
Keys to the game:
- Can the Hoosiers get out and run? Michigan is a high powered scoring machine but I wouldn’t classify them as a “running” team like Indiana. The key for IU is if they can make the Wolverines turn it over, which they don’t do often.
- Will Indiana get to the line enough to win? IU has lived off the free throw line this year but this game will be especially difficult due to Michigan’s ability to not foul. Something will give in this game.
- I think this game comes down to who can knock down their threes. Both teams have players who can light it up. You have to think the Hoosiers have the initial edge since the game will be played in Assembly Hall.