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Glenn Robinson III has to continue playing like a lottery pick for Michigan to win the Big Ten.
With Mitch McGary sidelined for the foreseeable future, Michigan will have to lean heavily on its two remaining stars in order to win the Big Ten. If Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas fail to play like the highly touted NBA draft prospects they are, the Wolverines' league title hopes are very bleak.
As Stauskas proved in Thursday night's win over Minnesota, he does not always need to score in bunches to be productive. The sophomore shooting guard dished out seven assists to overcome a 3-of-7 shooting performance. Getting to the charity stripe on eight occasions and making seven of those attempts allowed Stauskas to finish with 14 points.
Those kind of all-around performances are why Stauskas' stock is on the rise, according to Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com.
Following a sluggish start to the 2013-14 campaign, Robinson is finally looking like the NBA draft lottery pick some thought he could be, per Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com.
In the four games leading up to Michigan's conference-opener, the 6'6", 220-pound Robinson averaged 19.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and shot 66.7 percent from the field. A slight dip in those numbers would only be natural, but the Wolverines need Robinson to be a big-time performer every night.
Unfortunately, health is once again an issue for the sophomore small forward. Robinson suffered an ankle injury against the Golden Gophers and his status is once again up in the air.
Without him, Michigan's Big Ten title hopes are doomed.