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Michigan Men's Basketball

Chantel Jennings: Just six possessions decide three games

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

There are 345 teams in NCAA Division-I basketball. Most people only pay attention to 25. Last weekend, fans poured out of the cracks of Ann Arbor and came to Crisler Arena to watch No. 3 Kansas take on Michigan. (There's a reason why Kansas is listed first.)

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Morgan’s fouls hurt Michigan against Buckeyes

BY BEN ESTES

It’s easy to forget that Jordan Morgan is a part of the youth movement that defines the Michigan men’s basketball team this season. The Detroit native is just a redshirt freshman, but his solid 6-foot-8, 240-pound frame belies his youth — as has his solid play so far in his rookie campaign.

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'M' drops close one to No. 2 Ohio State

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BY LUKE PASCH

A few seconds after newly crowned Michigan football coach Brady Hoke stepped into Crisler Arena during Wednesday’s men’s basketball game against No. 2 Ohio State, freshman forward Evan Smotrycz nailed a 3-pointer from top of the key. Michigan couldn’t give Hoke the welcoming he deserved, as the Buckeyes outlasted the Wolverines in a nail-biter, 68-64.

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan looks for revenge against No. 2 Ohio State

• ANALYSIS: Morgan's foul trouble hurts Blue against Buckeyes

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MEN'S BASKETBALL

Freshman phenom Sullinger makes his mark as a Buckeye

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Don’t let his number fool you. He may wear No. 0, but freshman Jared Sullinger is anything but nil for the undefeated Ohio State men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-9 forward has quickly made a name for himself, not only on the Buckeye roster, but nationally.

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Broadcaster and Michigan fan Gus Johnson brings his voice to Ann Arbor

BY BEN ESTES

A word of advice to anybody with a weak heart: don’t tune in to the Big Ten Network on Wednesday night. That’s because the channel is broadcasting the Michigan-Ohio State men’s basketball game, and play-by-play man Gus Johnson could give even the healthiest viewer a coronary.

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Wolverines prepare for rematch with Buckeyes after buzzer-beater finish

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

Michigan men’s basketball sophomore guard Darius Morris seems to have totally forgotten about the Wolverines' buzzer-beater loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament last season. When asked if last year’s 69-68 season-ending defeat to the then fifth-ranked Buckeyes motivated any sort of revenge for Wednesday’s rematch against Ohio State at Crisler Arena, Morris was nonchalant.

• VIDEO: Michigan Daily men's basketball beat talks No. 2 Ohio State

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Beilein's 1-3-1 zone scheme works effectively against Jayhawks

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

On Sunday afternoon, there was a definitive reason that Beilein’s team — one of four in Division-I without a single fourth-year player — pushed No. 3 Kansas to the brink in a 67-60 overtime loss.

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On men's basketball: Wolverines need to use Kansas loss as springboard

BY BEN ESTES

Zack Novak was finally spent. The junior guard fouled out with seven seconds remaining in overtime Sunday evening against No. 3 Kansas. Time hadn't expired yet, but the game was over. The Jayhawks had a five-point lead.

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Morris playing too patiently against top defenses

BY LUKE PASCH

The first half of Sunday afternoon’s men’s basketball game against No. 3 Kansas, Michigan point guard Darius Morris would look for his options from the top of the key. He’d swing the ball to his wing men, and they’d pass it back. He’d drive to the high post, hesitate and back it out to the perimeter.

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Notebook: Ann Arbor gets excited for basketball

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Yesterday, there was the familiar sight of a man bicycling down Hoover Street with a sign around his neck reading, “I need tickets.” For the first time all season, Ann Arbor felt alive for Michigan men’s basketball when the Wolverines faced off against No. 3 Kansas on Sunday.

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