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Michigan Men's Basketball

Wolverines travel to Illinois where they haven't won since 1995

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The last time the Michigan men’s basketball team beat Illinois at Assembly Hall, most of the current players were enrolling in kindergarten.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers discuss keys to the game, give their predictions

• Q&A: Behind Enemy Lines with Illinois seniors

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Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with Illinois seniors

BY BEN ESTES

Like most of the Big Ten, the Illinois men’s basketball team is led by its veteran talent. The senior trio of point guard Demetri McCamey, forward Mike Davis and center Mike Tisdale has accomplished plenty for the Fighting Illini. At Big Ten Media Day in October, the trio sat down with The Michigan Daily to discuss the upcoming season.

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Hardaway Jr. coming of age in recent run

James Weaver/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The pedigree has always been there. So, too, has the talent. And for freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr., in recent games, the all-around game has begun to match his prodigious ability.

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Wolverines allow Hoosiers to mount late comeback in close win

James Weaver/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

In late November, just five games into the Michigan men’s basketball season, coach John Beilein told his team that he knew the Wolverines were a team he could lose with, because he knew they were going to get better. He knew it was a team that would learn from its losses.

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Wolverines hold on to lead to beat Indiana

James Weaver/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

A tale of two halves is the best way to describe the Michigan basketball team’s 73-69 win against Indiana at Crisler Arena on Saturday. The Wolverines (6-7 Big Ten, 16-10 overall) went into halftime having taken just five 3-pointers — a season low for the Wolverines in one stanza.

• ANALYSIS: Wolverines allow comeback, hold off IU

• NOTEBOOK: Wolverines have eyes on Tournament, struggle with free throw shooting

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Putting the muscle in Michigan: The rise of Showtime Morgan

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

Jordan Morgan savors this moment. He just set a pick at the top of the key for his point guard Darius Morris, and the play worked to perfection. As Morris dribbled around the screen, Morgan’s defender made the switch to cover him, but Morris’s man didn’t switch off.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL

Notebook: Wolverines have eyes on the Tournament, struggle with free-throw shooting

BY LUKE PASCH

The Michigan men’s basketball team isn’t trying to hide it anymore — the players know very well that they can make a legitimate push for the NCAA Tournament this season. As a team that most analysts pegged to finish in 10th- or 11th-place in the Big Ten, the Wolverines have had the last laugh for the past couple of weeks.

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Michigan avenges previous loss to Indiana with win at home

BY ZAK PYZIK

The Michigan men’s basketball team drained its first four 3-pointers in its 73-69 win against Indiana at Crisler Arena. That was a lot, considering the Wolverines took just five in the first half — a season low of attempted 3-pointers in a stanza for Michigan this season.

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan takes on IU in critical Big Ten game

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Wolverines seek revenge against Indiana

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

The Michigan men's basketball team was blown out by Indiana 80-61 on Jan. 15 at Assembly Hall in front of a sell-out Hoosier crowd. The loss came in the heart of a six-game losing streak for Michigan, and when Indiana was 0-4 in the Big Ten.

• VIDEO: Michigan coach John Beilein discusses Indiana

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Morgan explodes against Wildcats for career-best night

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

It was only fitting that Jordan Morgan snatched the final rebound of Wednesday night’s game against Northwestern. And it was only fitting that the redshirt freshman forward did it with authority.

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