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5 Things We Learned: Iowa State


Daily Sports Writer
1. Mitch McGary is not at 100
Despite playing in his first
game of the season, sophomore
forward Mitch McGary is not
close to being the player the
nation saw in the NCAA Tourna-
ment last year.
Just five days ago, McGary
took part in a 60-minute practice
for the first time since his back
injury, after being limited to indi-
vidual practices and workouts
with a coach on the side. It wasn't
until Saturday that McGary took
part in his first full practice.
According to Michigan coach
John Beilein, McGary has only
had one-and-a-half days of reps
with the first team before Sun-
day's game. Knowing that, it's
clear that McGary will need some
practice and, more importantly,
game action early on to get back
in playing shape.
Such was the reason that
McGary played only 22 minutes,
divided into 3-5 minute spurts.
One of the reasons that McGary
was able to play was because he
didn't feel sore after Saturday's
practice and said he felt comfort-
able enough in warmups before
the game to give it a go. And with
that, Beilein was willing to let
And Beilein, for the most part,
was rewarded as McGary put up
nine points, six rebounds and
four steals.
"Let's just get him in the game,
right, and see where it goes."
Beilein said. "As long as we don't
overtax his body and get him in
and out, and a suggestion was to
keep him on the bike in between
to just keep him warm, as he grad-
ually gets into playing shape."
2. There's still no clear go-to
option late in the game.
Though sophomore guard Nik
Stauskas did score 15 points in the
second half - out of his team-high
20 - and was the Wolverines' hot
hand in the game, he's still not
the person to take the last shot for
Michigan. In fact, even Beilein
doesn't know who that person
will be moving forward.
And that's OK.

Zak Irvin and his 6-foot-6, 200-
pound frame more minutes if
it appears Levert doesn't have
his shot. Conversely, depending
on McGary's return to playing
shape, a big lineup with McGary
and either redshirt junior Jon
Horford or fifth-year senior for-
ward Jordan Morgan might see
more time later in games.
4. Derrick Walton Jr. gained
experience he'll need down the
Playing in his first away game
in college, freshman guard Der-
rick Walton Jr. looked impres-
sive. Pouring in 13 points, Walton
showed off his flash against the
Cyclones, getting to the basket on
several occasions.
But at the same time, he looked
like the rookie he is. After bank-
ing in his first shot of the game
from behind the arc, Walton
cooled as he missed his next four
attempts from deep.
Still, Walton improved his
career high in points for the third
straight game, after scoring 12
and six points the two previous
"In an environment like this,
our freshmen are definitely going
to learn a lot, cause it's their first
game on the road," Stauskas said.
"For all of us, it's just a bond-
ing opportunity, it's a time to get
better on the road. Really come
together when everyone's going
against you."
5. Bold Prediction: McGary will
start each game in Puerto Rico.
Beilein made an interest-
ing point in his postgame press
conference on Sunday. Speaking
about bigs in college basketball,
he said that they can't play for
more than three to four minutes
because of how quick the game is
Given that, why wouldn't
Beilein start his best big man,
even if he's not in his best playing
condition at the moment? Michi-
gan will play at least two games
- and possibly three - this week
and, with McGary barely getting
any time recently with the first
team, it marks the perfect oppor-
tunityfor himto get minuteswith
them, even if he's playing just a
couple minutes.

Sophomoreguard Nik Stauskas became Michigan's go-to scorer down the stretch.
Michigan had its chances replacing the late-game heroics
throughout the game. Despite let- of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey
ting the game get away in the final Burke will be difficult, but having
five minutes, Beilein and Stauskas the question come about now, in
both echoed the sentiment that November, will benefit the team
the team was getting good looks in the long run.
and shots. It was just that they "Obviously, we have a new
weren't falling. Perhaps that was team this year," Stauskas said.
due to the crowd. Perhaps that "Last year, we were really reli-
was due to Beilein's core three ant on Tim and Trey to step up
of Stauskas, sophomore forward in (these late-game situations).
Glenn Robinson III and sopho- I think we're perfectly fine with
more guardCaris LeVert playing guys this year with stepping up.
a combined 108 minutes and just We have a lot of guys that are
being tired. capable of doing that. I don't
Whether it was from any of think we're too worried about
those or not, Michigan was able that."

Sophomore forward Mitch McGary scored nine points in his first game of the year.

3. LeVert can't be relied on
every game.
After averaging 20.5 points in
Michigan's first two regular-sea-
son games, LeVert finally fell back
to earth a bit on Sunday. Though
he did play a career-high 37 min-
utes, LeVert regressed back to the
mean, scoring just five points on
2-for-9 shooting.
Despite putting on 15 pounds
in the offseason, LeVert looked
overmatched late in the game
when defensive switches forced
him to guard Iowa State's Melvin
Ejim, a 6-foot-6 power forward
that constantly used his 220-

pound body to back up and post-
up at the hoop.
Needing shooters and height
to battle him and Georges Niang,
though, Beilein had to keep
LeVert on the floor as Michigan
started to fade and then attempt
to come back late in the game.
But unlike in the Wolver-
ines' game against South Caro-
lina State, LeVert didn't go 6-for-7
from beyond the arc. Instead, he
went 1-for-5 as Michigan strug-
gled, shooting just 8-for-29 from
Though it was just one game,
LeVert's struggle could force
Beilein to give freshman guard

to learn a lesson on Sunday:

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Michigan target Da'Shawn
Hand dealt the Wolverines a
major blow to the 2014 recruit-
ing class when he put on an Ala-
bama hat and said "Roll Tide!"
on Thursday.
Hand, the No. 1 overall
recruit according to Rivals.com,
was leaning toward Michigan,
according to many experts.
When he committed to Alabama,
he bolstered the Crimson Tide's
No. 1 class and hurt Michigan's,
leaving the Wolverines with
four-star defensive lineman
Malik McDowell (Southfield,
Mich.) as their best remaining
defensive-line target.
The news wasn't all bad for
Michigan, though. Four recruits
- linebacker Michael Ferns,
quarterback Wilton Speight,
defensive back Brandon Watson
and wide receiver Freddy Can-
teen - signed their national let-
ters of intent last week, meaning
they can participate in spring
practice as early enrollees.
Only five 2014 recruits
remained in their teams' state
playoffs going into the weekend.
Here's an overview of how they
Jabrill Peppers, defensive
back/running back: Paramus
Catholic (N.J.) 55, Notre Dame
(N.J.) 14; Ranking: ESPN (2)
Scout (4)
Peppers scored on a nine-yard
run and a 50-yard punt return
to lead No. 4 Paramus Catholic
to a 41-0 first-quarter lead and
a 55-14 win. He sat out for most
of the last three quarters as his
team advanced to the semifinals
of the New Jersey Non-Public
Group IV tournament. The win
sets up a showdown Saturday
against No. 2 Don Bosco Prep,


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where Peppers played his fresh-
man year before transferring to
Paramus Catholic.
Wilton Speight, quarterback:
Collegiate School (Va.) 19, Lib-
erty Christian (Va.) 31; Ranking:
ESPN (128) Scout (NR)
Speight's playoff run ended
last week with a loss to Liberty
Christian in the state title game.
He completed 14 of 27 passes for
152 yards and four interceptions.
The yardage and interceptions
were his worst numbers of the
season. He did, however, throw
three touchdown passes for 56,
six and eight yards, accounting
for all of Collegiate's scoring.
Chase Winovich, linebacker/
running back: Thomas Jefferson
(Pa.) 13, Central Valley (Pa.) 23;
Ranking: (NR)
Winovich rushed for 142
yards and a touchdown in defeat.
Thomas Jefferson's season and
11-game winning streak ended in
the Western Pennsylvania Class
AAA semifinals.

Maurice Ways, wide receiver:
Country Day (Mich.) 28, Marine
City (Mich.) 33; Ranking: (NR)
Ways caught a 48-yard touch-
down pass in the second quar-
ter of Country Day's loss in the
Michigan Division 4 quarter-
finals. Marine City scored the
game-winning touchdown pass
with 45 seconds left to eliminate
the Yellow Jackets.
Noah Furbush, linebacker:
Kenton (Ohio) 46, Triway (Ohio)
6; Ranking: (NR)
Furbush recovered a fumble
as Kenton advanced to the third
round of the Ohio Division IV S
state playoffs. Last week, Fur-
bush was named the Western
Buckeye League's defensive
lineman of the year and won
first-team All-League honors.
His team, which has outscored
its opponents this season by a
combined score of 556-92, faces
a showdown against fellow
unbeaten Bryan (Ohio) on Fri-

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