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Michigan Men's Basketball

At media day, focus turns to final-week preparation

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY JAKE LOURIM

As the calendar turns, the goal shifts from getting stronger and quicker to installing offensive and defensive sets.

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Past success and failure help shape Jordan’s return to Rutgers

Allison Farrand/Daily

BY DANIEL FELDMAN

Jordan knows this year’s team is a long way from the 1975-76 Final Four team. Projected to finish last in its first year in the Big Ten, Jordan will have to temper expectations for his players.

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Student basketball ticket policies remain largely unchanged from 2013-14

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BY LEV FACHER

More than a year later, the dust has settled and the policies have been vindicated, and Michigan’s oft-discussed “claim” system is back for another run.

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Finally in Big Ten, Maryland and Turgeon embrace challenges with aplomb

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY DANIEL FELDMAN

“People thought I wasn’t excited about moving to the Big Ten,” Turgeon said. “It was going through the process of getting to the Big Ten that was really hard, and not a lot of fun.”

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Simon Kaufman: Michigan in good hands with under-the-radar leaders

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BY SIMON KAUFMAN

Two weeks ago, Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert had job interviews. The job description? Leading a team that includes six true freshmen deep into the NCAA Tournament.

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Despite separation, Fresh Five friendship remains strong

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY DANIEL FELDMAN

Though it appears Albrecht is ready to embrace his new leadership role on a very young Michigan men’s basketball team, it’ll take some time for the junior guard to deal with the loss of some of his best friends.

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Notebook: LeVert named to Preseason All-Big Ten team

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY MAX BULTMAN

In a breakout campaign in 2013-14, LeVert averaged 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while emerging as a secondary scoring threat behind Nik Stauskas. LeVert shot 43.9 percent from the field as a sophomore and will be relied upon this season to keep Michigan’s young team steady in a deep Big Ten.

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Donnal, Doyle seek to soak up minutes in the post

Teresa Mathew/Daily

BY JAKE LOURIM

Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal will both play a lot, with Max Bielfeldt also getting some time and DJ Wilson as an “extra option.”

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Notebook: Beilein prepared to fill in holes with versatile team, backs Hoke and Brandon

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY SIMON KAUFMAN

Michigan coach John Beilein is facing the same challenge he did at the beginning of last season: replacing departed talent. But Beilein is confident his team’s flexibility will help them fill in the holes.

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Wolverines look for leadership from soft-spoken upperclassman duo

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BY LEV FACHER

The Michigan men’s basketball team’s leadership duties for the 2014-15 season will fall to a pair with a reputation for being soft-spoken: junior guards Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert.

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