Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 1/26/12
Photo: Dustin Johnston The UM Hoops mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@umhoops), e-mail or via our Facebook page. Submit your questions at anytime and we’ll answer as many as we can in periodic updates like this. @jlustig22: @umhoops How far can UM go relying on just 6 guys? Is Beilein not a believer in going to the bench often or does he not trust the reserves? John Beilein has never been shy about riding his starters. In fact, his stronger teams usually have a much shorter bench than his weaker teams. I can only assume that this phenomenon is because he spends so much time experimenting with other options when things aren’t going as he would like – see 2009 with Grady, Shepherd and Merritt all playing significant time at one point in the season but not others. Michigan actually played its bench even less last year and his best regular season team, the 2006 team that went to the Sweet 16, at West Virginia had less depth as well. Here are the statistic...
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