Michigan's John Beilein 'committed' to his rotation, including struggling Glenn Robinson III
Asked Friday if he's considered tinkering with his rotation after the Wolverines' 75-52 loss at Michigan State on Tuesday, Wolverines' coach John Beilein responded with a resounding no.
He's dancing with who brought him, so to speak.
"Every day, everybody gets a chance to show us what they can do," Beilein said. "We, all of a sudden, have played some really good teams. Four really good teams in a row. We could have split that 2-2, and if one shot doesn't go in from halfcourt, we're not even having this conversation.
"We're sticking with (our rotation) unless something really sticks out to me. We're sticking with them. There's going to be ups and downs, and Tuesday was one of those times."
Beilein's club did not seem to be at its best during the aforementioned four game stretch at Indiana, vs. Ohio State, at Wisconsin and at Michigan State.
Quite the opposite, in fact. The Wolverines seemed to be more or less at their worst.
Michigan's rotation currently features five freshmen: Starters Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, and reserves Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht.
Stauskas has gone through his ups and downs as a shooter during Big Ten play, McGary wasn't great during his first start against Michigan State, and both LeVert and Albrecht have shown flashes of progress and struggle off the bench.
Robinson, meanwhile, seems to be the topic of the hour -- as his recent downswing has completely paralleled the team's funk.
The 6-foot-6 freshman forward is averaging 4 points and 2.5 rebounds in Michigan's four losses this season.
Is Beilein thinking about removing him from the starting lineup to go bigger? Bumping him down in the rotation to get him rest? Sitting him completely?
No, no and no.
"The only struggles that are happening right now is that people are defending (Robinson) differently," Beilein said. "He plays off the residual stuff that we do as he works at his own skill level and what he does really, really well. People are playing him differently and he's not had the same opportunities.
"It's not like, all of a sudden, he's having lots of wide open shots. He's just playing, he's learning how to play when it's really physical. I don't see struggles. I see lack of opportunities for him right now that people are taking away that people are working. We're trying to dial up five guys every game, that's not easy either. ... What is he comfortable with? That's what we have to find. Right now, he's comfortable being an athlete, a slasher, an offensive rebounder and he's been playing against 22-year-old men every night."
Michigan rose to No. 1 in the nation this season by complimenting Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.'s talents with five freshmen -- five players who Beilein has confidence in, and five players he trusts.
The Wolverines suffered one bad loss, but it was just one bad loss.
And he's not about to abandon ship.
"We're committed to these young guys, or we wouldn't have (played them) so early," Beilein said. "There's always opportunity every day in practice for the veterans (on the bench) to come in there and show us (something).
"But right now, I haven't seen anything from anybody who is in that much of a funk that we have to make any type of changes."
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