With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.
Like many of IU's freshmen, Robinson was a player that from the start of preseason workouts you got the impression that he could be capable of big things. The problem is always not knowing how far a freshman player will be able to come that first year. There is no magic formula. Some make the leap and other don't. Robinson, especially in recent games, is showing that he is a player that is being featured on opposing teams' scouting reports because he does things that you can't ignore. His greatest asset is his ability to get to the rim. He has a quick first step and an extra gear. With each game that Robinson plays, he just appears to grow before your eyes.
With Robinson, his last three games in particular stand out. For the season, Robinson is averaging 5.7 points in 13 minutes. In four Big Ten games, that average has kicked up to 8.5 in 22.8 minutes. Just look at the last three games though and it's even more impressive. In those three games he has played a total of 72 minutes (24 minutes per game), has scored 33 points (11.0 per game) and has made nearly 50 percent of his shots (14-of-29). In those games, he has 13 rebounds, three assists and three turnovers. His scoring is clearly a big lift for a team that needed someone else to step up in that regard. Averaging more than 4 rebounds per game from the guard position is also big. But maybe even bigger is the fact that Robinson has only turned it over three times in those 72 minutes on the court. Playing on a team that has struggled at times this year handling the ball, that turnover statistic is huge.
As Indiana faces Northwestern today at Assembly Hall, Robinson will be a player that could be a catalyst to go against the Wildcats' game plan which is clearly to slow Indiana down. Having a guard that can get the defensive rebound and get it out and run with it is big. Indiana has two or three players that clearly fit that bill. All eyes will be on Robinson today to see if he can continue to take steps like he has taken in the last three games in particular.
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