INDIANAPOLIS — Duncan Robinson has 10 offensive rebounds this season for Michigan. He tried adding to his total Friday against Oklahoma State but came away with a black eye instead.
“I just caught an elbow on an offensive rebound. I was going for an offensive rebound. It wasn’t a foul or anything. I kind of stuck my head into where it shouldn’t have been,” Robinson said Saturday prior to Michigan’s practice session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in preparation for Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against Louisville.
The shiner around Robinson’s left eye was noticeable after the 92-91 win against Oklahoma State, but 24 hours later it had full hot pink/purple colorization, bruising and swelling.
Robinson said it didn’t affect his shooting against the Cowboys; he scored 8 points, making 2 of 5 field goals, both from 3-point range. His 3-pointer midway through the second half gave Michigan a 67-64 lead, and the Wolverines never trailed again.
Robinson, a 78-percent free-throw shooter, could’ve made the victory a little more comfortable but he missed two of the four free tosses he took in the final minute of play.
Still, the player who began his career at Division III Williams College is trying to be more than just a 3-point shooter. He’s coming off the bench this season, as opposed to last season when he started 27 times. The Wolverines aren’t a great rebounding team, so it takes extra efforts like Robinson going after an offensive rebound to offset that shortcoming.
“It’s just doing whatever it takes to help this team win,” Robinson said.