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Michigan Men's Basketball

Michigan looks ahead to final stretch before conference season

Todd Needle/Daily

BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

On Saturday, the No. 18 Michigan men’s basketball team escaped from the Palace at Auburn Hills with a 90-80 win over Oakland. It also escaped from the rigorous portion of its non-conference schedule.

• VIDEO: Off the Dribble: Saturday's silly soundbites

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Michigan struggles to play 'Michigan basketball' in win over Oakland

Adam Glanzman/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Midway through the second half of the Michigan basketball team's matchup with Oakland on Saturday afternoon, freshman point guard Trey Burke reached in on an Oakland ballhandler and picked up his third foul of the contest.

• COVER: Michigan pulls away late for 90-80 win over Oakland

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Michigan pulls away late for 90-80 win over Oakland

Adam Glanzman/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Hardaway Jr.’s 3-pointer with 3:40 left in the game extended the Michigan basketball team’s lead back to double digits. An emphatic fast-break dunk by senior guard Stu Douglass after a Golden Grizzly turnover on the next possession effectively iced it, as the Wolverines rode it out the rest of the way en route to a 90-80 win over Oakland (6-4) at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

• ANALYSIS: Michigan struggles to play 'Michigan basketball'

• THE GAME: Burke named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for second time

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Michigan to tip off at Palace against Oakland

Todd Needle/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

Oakland men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe has received overwhelming praise for establishing consistency in his program, finishing the last two seasons atop the Summit League and earning consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

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Ben Estes: The enigmatic Evan Smotrycz

Todd Needle/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The most notable addition to the Maize Rage this season is obvious — Smotrycz’s Lobstryczs. In honor of the sophomore forward, several students have attended every game in Crisler Arena wearing full lobster costumes, with maize T-shirts thrown over top.

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Despite abysmal shooting, Douglass and Vogrich still have the green light

Alden Reiss/Daily

BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

The 3-point shot is the bread and butter of Michigan coach John Beilein’s offense. So when senior guard Stu Douglass and junior guard Matt Vogrich, both prolific shooters, committed to the Wolverines out of high school, both players were expected to complement Beilein’s system like butter on bread.

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Akunne and McLimans impress off the bench

Alden Reiss/Daily

BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

Aside from adding a couple of freshmen, the Michigan men’s basketball team’s bench is no different from last year. Yet, eight games into the season, it’s looking like the players coming off of it could be.

• OFF THE DRIBBLE: Who should be shooting: Douglass/Vogrich or McLimans/Akunne?

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Sporting new look, Morgan flashes diversified game in Michigan win

Todd Needle/Daily

BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

When Jordan Morgan got rid of his faded high-top haircut, it was a textbook example of addition by subtraction. At least that’s how Michigan coach John Beilein saw it.

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Men's basketball holds on in homecoming win over Iowa State

BY LUKE PASCH

Saturday afternoon’s men’s basketball game between Michigan and Iowa State was a story of unlikely heroes.

• ANALYSIS: Sporting new look, Morgan flashes diversified game in Michigan win

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Wolverines hope to bounce back against Iowa State

Todd Needle/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein likes to refer to his program as a family. Iowa State, Michigan’ opponent on Saturday may also be a family, just a newer one.

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