ANN ARBOR—No one needed some shots to fall more than Michigan sophomore Glenn Robinson III -- and Saturday, in the Wolverines’ 107-53 win over Houston Baptist, they did.
Robinson III was smiling ear to ear at the end of the first half after throwing down a couple transition dunks while dropping 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in the first 20 minutes of play.
“A lot of what gets me going is transition points,” Robinson III said afterward. “When we’re pushing the ball and getting stops. But also at the same time within the offense finding my cuts and letting my teammates know when I’m open.”
Robinson III added, “I still have to knock down open shots and that’s been my problem. My shots haven’t been falling the last couple games.”
Robinson III finished his afternoon with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting including 2-for-4 from three-point land in just 25 minutes of action.
Scoring easy buckets on the fast break and attacking the offensive glass, Robinson III got a bit of a monkey off his back confidently knocking down his outside shots despite shooting just 25 percent for the season.
“The whole issue is he just hasn’t made shots,” Beilein said. “He’s working at it but he hasn’t made shots so you lose a little confidence here and there.
“Today was a major step to get some confidence back but you look at our shot numbers, there’s three guys that have taken a boatload of our shots, Glenn’s one of them, he just hasn’t made them.
“So it’s a matter of now let’s get to that point how can we practice better to make these? And he practices hard but how can we get it efficiently, how can we get you in the right spots?”
Looking to refocus after a loss at Duke Tuesday night, Robinson III took to the practice floor to get Michigan on the right track.
“We had a great step up in leadership yesterday from Glenn Robinson,” Beilein said. “It was huge and as a result, just as in how he approached practice, and everybody follows along.
“But when you have teams that are this young, you’re always fixing something along the line as you go into this thing, especially one that had some success last year with the spotlight on him.”
Michigan now has a week to prepare to host Arizona next Saturday afternoon at Crisler Center.