Borrowing a post concept from the esteemed Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus. Here’s a closer, in-depth, look at Evan Smotrycz’s performance against Illinois.
Evan Smotrycz’s struggles since the calendar year turned to 2012 are no secret. The 6-foot-9 sophomore is shooting just 43% on twos and 27% on threes in Big Ten games and is averaging just five points and four rebounds in 20 minutes per game. That comes after a six game stretch in December where Smotrycz made 17-of-26 threes (65%) and averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
The one recent outlier in Smotrycz’s struggles was his big performance against Illinois at the Crisler Center on February 12th. Smotrycz scored 13 points on six field goal attempts, grabbed three rebounds, handed out two assists and had four steals. He wasn’t only productive on an individual level, Michigan outscored Illinois by 11 points during the 29 minutes that he was on the floor.
After the jump we dive into Smotryc...
Who: No. 13 Michigan (21-8, 11-5 B10) at Illinois (17-12, 6-10 B10)
Where: Assembly Hall (Champaign, IL)
When: 7:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 1st, 2012
TV: ESPN / ESPN3
Radio: MGoBlue, 950AM, 102.9 FM, Sirius/XM 91
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