The Moving Screen: Thoughts on Michigan’s 5-0 start

I’m teaming up with The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn for a weekly podcast throughout the 2018-19 season. We’ll be tackling Michigan, Michigan State and Big Ten basketball at large with a combination of rational analysis and hot takes.

In this episode we focus on Michigan’s 5-0 start with big wins over Villanova and Providence before jumping into a few mailbag questions.

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  1. ReegsShannon

    True freshman sorted by number of minutes:
    Robinson - 1312
    Burke - 1227
    Stauskas - 1190
    Hardaway - 1074
    Harris - 1057
    Walton - 989
    Novak - 960
    Douglass - 794
    Grady - 782
    Morris - 777
    McGary - 769
    Smotrycz - 623
    Dawkins - 620
    Livers - 604
    Irvin - 568
    Doyle - 564
    Abdur-Rahkman - 550
    Chatman - 486
    Poole - 476
    Levert - 354
    Simpson - 332
    Albrecht - 317
    Brooks - 311
    Wagner - 258
    Horford - 196
    Vogrich - 166
    Watson - 83
    Teske - 60
    Brundidge - 44
    Wilson - 24
    Cronin - 10

  2. umhoops

    Also I think I kind of hit on this on the pod… but there isn’t a huge roster hole for Johns to fill at the 4 or the 5. This isn’t a comparable case to say… Kam Chatman’s freshman year.

    If you want Iggy and Livers playing 30 minutes… you basically have Iggy playing 25 at the 4, 5 at the 2 and Livers playing 15 at the 4 and 15 at the 5. Add in Teske playing the other 25 at the 5 and you are pretty booked up there.

    Right now Iggy and Isaiah have been two of Michigan’s most productive players and Johns is trying to pass them to get playing time (at either the 4 or 5).

    Because of all the roster flexibility, you can play seven guys and not necessarily have to play people 38 minutes per game or anything like that.

  3. JJ3

    Johns playing 5 doesn’t make him a traditional 5 on offense. Coach Beilein can stretch floor by having a PG and four wings offensively with Johns on floor. Isn’t that what made M so effective with Wagner? Johns like Wagner has the capability of hitting 3’s and taking guys off the dribble. I find this exciting.

  4. umhoops

    Johns and DeJulius will get their reps in guarantee games, just like they’ve been getting. Until they show something significant, I just don’t see how you can justify taking minutes away from others already in the rotation in higher leverage spots.I also think there’s still a lot to gain by Iggy, Livers, Matthews, etc. gaining chemistry together – especially in different lineup combos.

    If Livers, Iggy and Charles get two fouls… Brandon is probably heading into the game. Figure it out then :slight_smile:

  5. umhoops

    Eli handling the ball in late game situations is scary. About as scary as X shooting FTs.

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