Posted December 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
If 6-foot-9 forward Evan Smotrycz keeps shooting at this pace from 3-point range, Michigan could be an even more difficult team to defend when Big Ten play opens next week. Bradley would like to find some consistency from beyond the arc with the Missouri Valley Conference season approaching. The 20th-ranked Wolverines go for a season-high fifth consecutive win Thursday night when they meet a Braves team going for its first victory on a Big Ten court in 51 years. Beginning Dec. 10 when he hit four 3s and scored a career-best 20 points in a 90-80 victory over Oakland (Mich.), Smotrycz is averaging 17.7 points and has made 10 of 12 from beyond the arc in the last three games. He's also averaged 9.3 rebounds in that span. The sophomore is making a team-best 54.8 percent (17 for 31) of his 3s, and his overall shooting percentage has risen from 40.1 as a freshman to 56.2. "It's because his shot selection is much better," coach John Beilein said after Smotrycz was 3 for 3 from long ra...
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