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Glenn Robinson III will have a tough assignment this weekend.
Senior forward James Southerland is another member of the Syracuse Orange that can burn the Michigan Wolverines from inside and outside the arc. Believe it or not, guarding Southerland will be much more difficult than slowing down C.J. Fair.
Southerland converts 40.3 percent of his threes, 45.6 percent overall and averages 13.5 points per game. Freshman small forward Glenn Robinson III will have his hands full this weekend.
Kevin Young of the Kansas Jayhawks exposed Robinson's defensive flaws inside. Do not think Southerland will not learn from the tape of Michigan's game against Kansas. Young went 6-of-6 for 12 points, most of which came with Robinson guarding him.
Fortunately for the Michigan Wolverines, Robinson presents a host of problems for Southerland, too.
Robinson is shooting 62.1 percent from the field in the NCAA tournament. The 6'6", 210-pounder will spend some time in the high post, which will help alleviate some of the pressure of Syracuse's zone.
The most important thing for Robinson to do well in the high post is making decisions. The Orange's defense will pressure Robinson, so the youngster is going to need to remain composed and find open teammates.
Syracuse has forced 66 turnovers in four NCAA tournament games, and if Robinson, or any of the Wolverines cough up the ball, the Orange will run away with this one.
Rebounding is a major part of Robinson's and Southerland's game as well. Both average over five rebounds per game, so whichever forward creates more second-chance points will give his team a leg up.