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Will Mitch McGary become the dominant force in the paint Michigan has been missing all season?
It has been no secret during the 2012-13 season that the Michigan Wolverines have been without a dominant big man. John Beilein tends to construct his teams from the outside in rather than the other way around, which at times has forced Michigan to rely too much on perimeter shooting.
Yes, the Wolverines did manage to beat the Michigan State Spartans without hitting a single three-pointer. This looks more like an anomaly than a precedent, though.
In Michigan's six victories over teams currently ranked in the Top 25, the Wolverines needed nine or more three-pointers to win half of those games.
Additionally, in all five of their losses this season, the Wolverines have shot worse than 31 percent from distance.
Basically, if jump shots are not falling, Michigan does not have a whole lot of other ways to score points. Defense and rebounding has also been a problem for the Wolverines inside.
Although Mitch McGary has developed into a legitimate offensive threat in the paint with six double-digit scoring efforts this season, his defense still needs work.
Redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan is just the opposite. Morgan does not do a whole lot of damage offensively, but the Detroit product plays outstanding defense, despite being undersized at 6'8".
Until either Morgan or McGary emerges as a consistent threat at both ends of the floor, the Wolverines' lack of a go-to big man will be a major question mark.