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Michigan Men's Basketball

Behind Enemy Lines: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo

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BY LEV FACHER

The Daily sat down with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo in October at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago to talk about Spartans star Branden Dawson, the prevalence of the one-and-done in big-time college basketball and the evolution of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry in recent years.

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Bielfeldt and Albrecht's efforts notwithstanding, third time isn't the charm for Michigan in overtime

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BY LEV FACHER

But the upperclassmen’s combined effort wasn’t enough for Michigan, which continued a consistent trend of forcing overtime against teams with the on-paper advantage before collapsing during the added five minutes.

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Illinois rolls past Michigan in overtime after furious finish to regulation

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BY JAKE LOURIM

Illinois battled back from a late second-half deficit to force overtime and eventually top Michigan, 64-52.

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After losing three straight, Michigan travels to Champaign in pursuit of the postseason

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BY DANIEL FELDMAN

With Michigan, losers of three straight, traveling to Champaign on Thursday night to take on Illinois (6-5 Big Ten, 16-8 overall), a lot is on the line for Michigan.

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Men's Basketball

Behind Enemy Lines: Illinois guard Ahmad Starks

BY JAKE LOURIM

After three seasons at Oregon State, two of which he averaged double-digit scoring, Starks transferred to Illinois in 2013 to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chicago.

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By the numbers: Michigan men's basketball in 2014-15

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BY LEV FACHER

The Daily breaks down how the Wolverines' changes have manifested themselves numerically in the 2014-15 season, discussing five key statistical categories in which the Wolverines have improved, regressed or maintained their level of play from last season.

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Michigan bigs capitalize on rare size advantage

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BY JAKE LOURIM

Though Michigan fell short in the end Sunday at Indiana, both Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal turned in strong performances at the ‘5’ position.

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SportsMonday Column: The moral victory Michigan doesn't need

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BY GREG GARNO

A moral victory, no matter how good it may feel, isn’t worth any bonus points or an asterisk in the standings. It’s just painful.

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Irvin's potential shines in homecoming loss to Indiana

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BY DANIEL FELDMAN

“That’s the Zak Irvin we need the rest of the year,” said junior guard Spike Albrecht. “This was a very big game for him. There was a lot of pride on the line being an Indiana guy. He really stepped up today.”

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Wolverines can't complete comeback in final-possession loss to Indiana

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BY MAX BULTMAN

While Indiana (7-4, 17-7) led nearly the entire game and ultimately won a thriller, Michigan kept itself alive for much of the game using spurts of scoring it hadn’t shown since losing junior guard Caris LeVert to a broken foot in January. Sophomore forward Zak Irvin had 23 points, one shy of his career high, and freshman center Ricky Doyle added 15 points and six rebounds.

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