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Michigan Basketball: 5 Wolverines Who Must Step Up Against Illini
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The Michigan Wolverines have been one of the most inconsistent ballclubs in the nation this year. Although they are 18-7, which is the best start the Wolverines have had under John Beilein, they haven't won consecutive games since January 8-11.

This lack of consistency is due in large part to the incredibly sloppy play of Michigan's leading scorer, Tim Hardaway Jr. Hardaway Jr. is shooting just 22 percent in the Wolverines' last three games, and is shooting just 26 percent from behind the arc for the season.

Jordan Morgan, Michigan's best low-post threat, has had an immaculate season. Morgan is shooting 65 percent from field, but the problem is the Wolverines don't feed him the ball enough, and that's likely what has propelled his shooting percentage.

In Michigan's last game in Lincoln against Nebraska, they consistently settled for the three ball in the first half, and struggled. In the second half, though, the Wolverines ran a smooth flow of offense and found Morgan in the low post for high-percentage shots. Hardaway Jr. also drove to the basket more and had a lot more success.

Tomorrow the Wolverines start their two-game home stretch against the 16-8 Illinois Fighting Illini. If Michigan wants to win this game and stay in the race for a Big Ten Championship, these are the five players that must step up and play consistent basketball.

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