Glenn Robinson III, one of the brightest stars for the Michigan Wolverines, was once again an impact player. He paced the Wolverines to a convincing, 57-40 win over the Wofford Terriers to jump-start its 2014 NCAA tournament run.
Now the swingman is preparing for a much tougher challenge, as the Wolverines are set to take on Texas in the third round of the Big Dance.
Robinson III played extremely well against the No. 15-seeded Terriers on Thursday, but Saturday’s showdown with No. 7 Texas will not be as easy to run away with.
He has to improve in some areas and keep up his outstanding production in others in order for the Wolverines to make it through the first weekend alive and earn a Sweet 16 berth.
The star sophomore shot well from the field against Wofford, connecting on six of his 14 attempts. His three-point shooting did leave something to be desired, however, as he only buried one of the four triples he launched during the contest.
Robinson III admitted it wasn’t his best outing, but his teammates carried the load at times during the the sound victory, as per MGoBlue.com:
Personally I wanted to get myself involved. Like I said, I don't think I played the best game I could. I missed a lot of easy buckets and missed some shots, but, you know, stayed with it. I don't think overall we had the best offensive game ourselves, you know, but my teammates stayed confident in myself and I stayed confident in them.
The Indiana native will need to be more accurate from deep, as Texas has proven vulnerable to the long ball. No. 10 seed Arizona State nearly knocked off the Longhorns in the round of 64, connecting on eight-of-15 treys in a heartbreaking, 87-85 loss.
It was clear that UT has trouble protecting the perimeter and instead relies on a stout interior defense anchored by star center Cameron Ridley. The big man recorded four blocks and his presence alone changed a handful more shots, making the Sun Devils into a jump shot-heavy squad.
While U-M has more overall talent on the roster, it does not have a clear answer for the 6’9”, 285-pound behemoth clogging the lane for its third-round opponent. If Robinson III and his teammates struggle to knock down open looks from mid-range and deep, it’s going to be a long day that may result in an upset.
Regardless, the swingman has been lighting it up over the past few weeks and his performance against Wofford was the ninth time he reached double figures the last 10 games, as per Drew Hallett of MaizeAndGoBlue.com:
With 11 points in the first half, Glenn Robinson III has scored in double figures for the ninth time in his last 10 games.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 20, 2014
That sort of consistency indicates that Robinson III will be able to get his buckets, even if they don’t come as easy inside with Ridley patrolling the paint. Expect him to come out firing early on in the contest, getting hot early and building a quick lead against the Longhorns.
If that fails, Robinson III will have to continue to take his shots and hope he can eventually find his range. His involvement on the scoreboard will be necessary to Michigan’s success, so don’t be surprised if this squad sinks or swims based on his performance in the third round.
Projected Final Stat Line: 17 points (7-of-15 FG, 3-of-7 3PT, 4-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
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