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Michigan Men's Basketball

Big bros and free throws: Veterans show freshmen the ropes

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BY SIMON KAUFMAN

Teammates often call each other brothers. There’s a certain sibling-like bond that develops between those who spend a majority of their time in the gym, in the weight room and on the court together. But this year, the Michigan men’s basketball took that family mentality one step further.

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With offensive holes to fill, Walton Jr. primed to take control

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BY MAX BULTMAN

Thrust into a starting role as a freshman, Walton was able to absorb lessons from future NBA players in his first season, doling out assists to the likes of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III as they made highlight-reel plays.

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Chatman stepping into major role as a freshman

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BY JAKE LOURIM

Whether he likes it or not, Chatman will be counted on at least sometimes this season to fill the void left by Glenn Robinson III.

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As lone senior, Bielfeldt hopes to make up for shortened time

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BY DANIEL FELDMAN

For Bielfeldt, this season truly represents his best opportunity to play a pivotal role for the Wolverines.

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At media day, focus turns to final-week preparation

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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

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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

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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

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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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