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Michigan Men's Basketball

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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Kansas spoils Wolverines' upset hopes in overtime

BY ZAK PYZIK

After missing four 3-pointers and giving the ball away four times, there were few options left for Michigan men’s basketball guard Darius Morris in the Wolverines 67-60 loss against No. 3 Kansas at Crisler Arena.

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Kansas spoils Michigan's upset hopes in overtime

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

Michigan men’s basketball guard Darius Morris hit the biggest jumper of his career so far, sinking a shot that pushed Michigan into overtime against No. 3 Kansas on Sunday. But even with the momentum that the Wolverines carried over from the end of the second half, they couldn’t keep up with the Jayhawks scoring — falling 67-60 to Kansas at Crisler Arena.

• COMMENTARY: Wolverines need to use Kansas loss as springboard

• NOTEBOOK: Ann Arbor gets excited for basketball

• VIDEO: Men's basketball Kansas post-game press conferences

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: No. 3 Kansas beats Michigan, 67-60

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Notebook: Beilein appreciates opportunity in Kansas game

BY BEN ESTES

Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein often said before the season that his inexperienced players may look great in practice but it meant nothing until they played “under the lights” in an actual game.
Come Sunday, the “lights” will brighter than at any other point the season.

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Michigan hopes to stun third-ranked Jayhawks on Sunday

Chris Dzombak/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

Sunday will be the first time the Michigan basketball team will square up with a top-five opponent this season. It's also the first time the Wolverines will play against twins this year. The dynamic duo of Kansas men’s basketball’s forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have led the third-ranked Jayhawks to an unblemished 14-0 mark this season.

• VIDEO: Men's basketball beat breaks down Sunday's matchup with Kansas

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Breakdown: ‘M’ will have hands full on Sunday

BY LUKE PASCH

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between No. 3 Kansas and Michigan will feature the elite of the Big 12 and one of the youngest squads of the Big Ten. Essentially, this game is far less important for the Jayhawks than it is for the Wolverines, who will be looking to prove something in front of their home crowd. Can David beat Goliath?

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Homecourt is more than a huge advantage for Badgers

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

MADISON — Saying it’s tough to beat Wisconsin at home would be an understatement. In fact, to say it’s anything other than nearly impossible is a lie. According to the statistics that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has racked up in his 10 seasons with the Badgers, an opposing team entering the Kohl Center has just a seven-percent chance of leaving with a victory.

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Wolverines can’t hang with Badgers, fall 66-50

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BY BEN ESTES

MADISON — A board hangs in the tunnel of Crisler Arena, listing each team on the schedule for the Michigan men’s basketball team. The opponent for Wednesday night’s game is listed as ‘Wisconson.’ While more likely a spelling error than any sign of disrespect for the Badgers, the young Wolverine squad certainly respects Wisconsin now.

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