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Very few players have made as dramatic of an improvement in the NCAA tournament as Mitch McGary. He has effectively more than doubled his regular-season production during the first five games of March Madness.
The 6’10" power forward has averaged 16 points and 11.6 rebounds per tournament game, while shooting 37-of-53 (70 percent) from the field.
One of the reasons that McGary has contributed at a higher level is because he has stayed out of foul trouble and on the floor. During the regular season, he played roughly 19 minutes per game. So far in the tournament, he has logged 31 minutes per game.
Because he is playing so well, the Wolverines need to specifically incorporate him into the flow of the offense.
McGary will be challenged by Louisville’s athletic center Gorgui Dieng. This matchup will be pivotal to the outcome of the title game, as Dieng's defensive length could restrict McGary's effectiveness around the basket.
If McGary continues to produce like he has been, not only is that good news for him, but it very well could be the tipping point that gives Michigan its second NCAA championship in school history.