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Michigan Men's Basketball

Men's basketball

Aggressiveness fuels Michigan's win over Penn State

Chris Dzombak/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The rip in Zack Novak’s jersey was subtle, but it said it all. The junior guard and co-captain for the Michigan men’s basketball team is known for his intensity and fiery nature on the court — it’s rare to see Novak ever get out-hustled, and you’d need restraints to ever try and prevent him from diving for a loose ball.

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Blue looks to rebound from Purdue loss and grab Big Ten win against Penn State

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The first play of freshman Evan Smotrycz’s Big Ten conference career was eye opening, to say the least.
“It was definitely one of those ‘Welcome-to-the-Big-Ten’ moments,” Smotrycz said Thursday at Crisler Arena. “I think their first play was a lobb, reverse dunk to JaJuan Johnson and I was like, ‘Oh, all right.’ ”

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With tough road ahead, Wolverines keep narrow focus on next game

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

When junior Stu Douglass looks back at Tuesday’s 80-57 loss to No. 12 Purdue at Crisler Arena, he says the Michigan men’s basketball team only played 10 to 12 minutes of good defense.

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Notebook: Morris disregards team values, doesn't start against Purdue

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Shortly before tipoff at the Michigan men’s basketball team’s Big Ten season opener, which it lost 80-57 at the hands of No. 12 Purdue, Michigan coach John Beilein announced that sophomore point guard Darius Morris wouldn’t be starting.

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Purdue pulls away from Michigan in Big Ten opener blowout

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

With a two-handed alley-oop slam on No. 12 Purdue’s first possession, preseason All-Big Ten center JaJuan Johnson and the Boilermakers sent a message to the Michigan men’s basketball team — they weren’t going to be stopped.

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Morris not starting in Big Ten opener against Boilermakers

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Blue opens Big Ten season with No. 12 Purdue

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

It’s been 30 days since the Michigan men's basketball team or the No. 12 Purdue men’s basketball team has lost a game — neither team has suffered a defeat since November 27 — but when the two teams face off tomorrow afternoon at Crisler Arena, one team will walk away with its first loss in a month in the Big Ten season opener.

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Men's Basketball non-conference recap

BY BEN ESTES

With only one non-conference game remaining on its regular season schedule, the Michigan men's basketball team may be the most surprising team in the Big Ten. What has generated this success and how does it affect the Wolverines’ chances in conference play?

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On Men’s Basketball: With Big Ten matchups looming, a look back at the first 12 games

BY LUKE PASCH

About a half hour before tipoff against Bryant on Thursday night, I sat down courtside with Cleveland Cavalier guard and former Michigan standout Manny Harris, who returned to Crisler Arena to watch a game for the first time since declaring for the NBA draft last March. When I asked him what he thought of this year’s young Wolverine squad, his response had some conspicuous implications.

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Morris, 3-pointers help Michigan cruise to win over Bryant

Todd Needle/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

The hoops at Crisler Arena may as well have been oceans on Thursday night. In Michigan’s last men’s basketball game before Big Ten play, the Wolverines downed Bryant, 87-71, tying the program’s record for most 3-pointers in a game in the process.

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Wolverines take on Bryant in last game before Big Ten season

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Notebook: Horford making strides, Harris returns

BY ZAK PYZIK

“I love diving in stands,” Michigan basketball forward Jon Horford said after the Wolverines defeated Bryant 87-71 on Thursday night at Crisler Arena.

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