The Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) host the University of Michigan (17-6, 9-2) Tuesday evening in the only regular season match between these teams. The Buckeyes, having stumbled through January (2-5) have now won three consecutive games. Meanwhile, the Wolverines have “speed-bumped” lately, losing two of three games in February.
Here’s their Profile
University of Michigan
TTUN uses a 3G/2F lineup; Derrick Walton (6’1″), Nik Stauskas (6’6″), and Caris LeVert (6’6″) are the guards and the forwards are 6’8″ Glenn Robinson III (6’8″) and Jordan Morgan (6’8″). Their leading scorers are Stauskas (more on him later) at 17. ppg, GRIII (not to be confused with RGIII) at 13 ppg and LaVert at 12.6 ppg. They spread their rebounding out with Jon Horford (4.6), Levert (4.4), GRIII (4.3) and Morgan (4.0) doing the board work.
The Wolverines miss a significant part of their team with the absence of 6’10″ whirlwind, Mitch McGary. McGary had to shut down after eight games due to back surgery. He averaged 9.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg when he was active. In lieu of McGary, Beilein has rotated Morgan and 6’10″ Jon Horford and the 5-position, each averaging around 15 minutes per game.
In the last three games, opposing teams have figured out a counter move to Stauskas; they’ve assigned a smaller, quicker defender to deny the ball and harass, and it has worked. During this stretch, Stauskas has been taken out of the UM offense. To wit; his contribution has been cut in half. His season scoring average is 17 ppg, during this 3-game stretch, he’s averaged 8 ppg. He averages 10 shots per game, during the stretch it was 5 per game.
Here are the University of Michigan Wolverines:
|1||Glenn Robinson III||6’8″||F||13.09||49.1||28.0||74.4||4.3||1.2||1.4|
|10||Derrick Walton Jr.||6’1″||G||8.57||46.7||40.3||75.4||2.3||2.9||1.8|
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The Buckeyes had a tough January, but may have righted the ship a bit over the last two weeks, winning four of five and three in a row. Interestingly enough this win streak was marked by Sam Thompson’s first three starts of the year. Trey McDonald has also shown some game awareness improvement over this stretch as well, although his play isn’t necessarily shown in the box score.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||12.0||44.5||38.0||77.3||4.9||1.5||1.1|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||4.8||38.1||36.1||62.5||1.9||0.3||0.7|
Well, if I were Thad, and thankfully for the OSU program I’m not, I’d make sure that a high energy defender will be assigned to Nik Stauskas. The obvious choice is Shannon Scott. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Amedeo Della Valle get a brief shot at him as well. I like the fact that McDonald is maturing into a credible post player. Now, with Amir, OSU can slug it out inside against Morgan/Horford.
Oh, I golf with Beilein’s brother-in-law, so a Buckeye win will make this summer a lot more pleasant.
|PPG O||PPG D||RPG||APG||TPG||Pos/G||PPP||A/T|
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