It hasn’t only been national player of the year Trey Burke who has been key on Michigan’s run to the 2013 championship game. There have been huge contributions from freshmen Mitch McGary, Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III. In Monday’s title match against Louisville, another freshman may play a huge role.
Back-up point guard Spike Albrecht may be in line to get a ton of minutes and could be a big key if Michigan is to win their first title in 20 years. Louisville is the type of team that loves to press and trap, and Albrecht’s ball handling could be a deciding factor if Cardinals coach Rick Pitino decides to continually send double teams and traps to Burke. I anticipate Wolverines coach John Beilein to use both point guard for extended minutes to try and beat the press to get easy baskets for GR III and McGary.
Spike has played well in spurts and played the most minutes against up-tempo VCU and Florida in this years tourney. I expect to see him play at least 15 minutes tonight in relief of sharp-shooter Nick Stauskis.
My prediction for tonight’s game, 78-69 Michigan.