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Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are ready to take ownership of this Michigan team.
Had it not been for the breakout performances by Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III in the 2013 NCAA tournament, the Michigan Wolverines would not have ended their Final Four drought. It is also those stellar performances that establish the Maize and Blue as a contender this season.
McGary struggled with some dieting issues as a freshman. This is part of the reason why it took so long for McGary to play up to his full potential. A preseason foot injury also contributed to the slow start.
Nevertheless, he picked the best possible time to blossom into an elite big man. During Michigan's postseason run, McGary averaged 14.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and shot 67.8 percent from the field. Even more impressive were McGary's 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
There is no reason to believe the 6'10", 250-pounder cannot put up those kind of numbers throughout the entire 2013-14 campaign. The proof is still forthcoming, but things appeared to finally click for McGary at the end of last season.
Robinson's story is much of the same. At times during Big Ten Conference play, Robinson played hesitantly and was not aggressive. This led to single-digit scoring efforts in all but two of the Wolverines' league contests against ranked opponents.
Once the NCAA tournament began, though, Robinson returned to life. The St. John, Ind. native piled up 12.7 points on 64.6 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in six postseason games.
The scary part is, both McGary and Robinson could be even better after a full offseason of work. The latter can take the time to polish off a jump shot, while the former could come back with an impressive post-game.
Both will have to adjust to new positions. However, they are natural fits at the 3 and 4. This will make the transition a bit easier.
Michigan can win a Big Ten title and make another Final Four appearance if McGary and Robinson develop into stars this year.