Michigan Basketball: Biggest Challenges for John Beilein in 2013-14
Young Point Guards
One of the main reasons why the Michigan Wolverines were able to average 75.2 points per game last season was because of an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio. The Maize and Blue led the nation with a ratio of 1.54.
With a pair of inexperienced point guards vying for the starting job, it is likely the Wolverines take a step back in this department. The only question will be whether or not Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton can take care of the ball well enough for Michigan to win a Big Ten Conference title.
Trey Burke thrived in John Beilein's system as a freshman. Darius Morris took a year to develop. It is unclear at this time what Beilein has in Walton and Albrecht, but there is more talent around them than either of their predecessors had.
Neither one should have a problem being efficient distributors. And Walton's outstanding court vision should make Michigan a better half-court team than it was a season ago.
The challenge for Beilein will be to make sure Albrecht and Walton limit their mistakes, especially in pivotal moments.
Keeping All of the Shooting Guards Happy
The 2013-14 roster features an abundance of shooting guards, which is a good problem for John Beilein to have. The only challenge for the head coach will be to keep all of the 2s happy.
Rising sophomore Nik Stauskas started last season and is in line to do so again. The Canadian shooter averaged 11 points and three rebounds per game as a true freshman. There will be plenty of players battling to replace Stauskas, though.
Incoming 5-star prospect Zak Irvin is the best candidate to crack the starting lineup. The Fishers, Ind., native has impressed John Beilein at both ends of the floor, which is not something anyone can say about Stauskas yet.
Caris LeVert will also split some time between the 2 and 3. It is possible Spike Albrecht sees some action at shooting guard as well.
Depth is certainly not going to be an issue for Michigan this season. However, finding enough minutes for all of the shooters will be.
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