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Michigan Men's Basketball

ESPN's “The Fab Five” delivers candid answers, despite Webber's absence

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BY LUKE PASCH

DETROIT — On Sunday at 9 p.m., ESPN will air “The Fab Five” on a mission to show the world everything there is to know about the most highly-touted recruiting class in the history of college basketball. The film details everything that's been under wraps since the early 1990s.

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Smotrycz and Morgan use different styles to confuse defenses

BY ZAK PYZIK

INDIANAPOLIS — The Michigan men’s basketball team trailed by nine points when redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan tallied his fourth foul.
With 8:55 remaining in the game, Wolverines coach John Beilein benched Morgan and replaced him with freshman Evan Smotrycz in the five spot.

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Wolverines surge late, top Illinois in Big Ten Tournament for resume-boosting win

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BY BEN ESTES

INDIANAPOLIS — At the time, Brandon Paul’s 3-pointer appeared to be a deathblow. The Illinois guard’s shot put the Fighting Illini up 51-39 with 8:34 left in the game. With Michigan’s offense struggling, the Wolverines were staring at a quarterfinal exit from the Big Ten Tournament, and one of the most stressful days of their life on Selection Sunday.

• VIDEO: Players' reactions to the Wolverines' 60-55 win over Illinois

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Blue gets chance at redemption in first Big Ten Tournament game

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BY LUKE PASCH

If junior guard Stu Douglass had put just a tad more oomph into his left-handed desperation shot as the clock expired on Feb. 16 in Champaign, Friday’s Big Ten Tournament matchup vs. Illinois would have far fewer implications for the Michigan men's basketball team.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers talk Illinois, Big Ten Tournament

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Big Ten Tournament preview: Anyone can win it, but who are the favorites?

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BY ZAK PYZIK AND CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Daily analyzes what the top-five seeds must do at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis to win it all and garner the coveted automatic berth to the Big Dance.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers talk Illinois, Big Ten Tournament

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Men's basketball

Smotrycz's development in post brings new dimension to Michigan offense

BY LUKE PASCH

Evan Smotrycz isn't the most imposing post player in the Big Ten.
After the Michigan men’s basketball team completed its season sweep of Michigan State on Saturday, even assistant coach Bacari Alexander had to heckle the freshman forward via Twitter about the goofy photograph posted on ESPN.com.

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On men’s basketball: College basketball needs more John Beileins

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BY BEN ESTES

Feel free to criticize John Beilein as a coach all you want. Personally, I’ll consider you an idiot if you do. Thankfully, though, with the Wolverines’ shocking performance this season, I think the cries of rabble-rousing Michigan fans calling for Beilein’s head have been finally a whimper.

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Wolverines withstand Lucas's charge, downplay altercation

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BY BEN ESTES

Kalin Lucas wasn’t going to go down without a fight, and by the end of Michigan’s 70-63 win over the Spartans on Saturday, it almost came to just that.

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Hardaway Jr. gets hot in second half, Wolverines down Spartans, 70-63

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

They were a preseason No. 2 team. They were returning three starters and had the preseason Big Ten player of the year in senior Kalin Lucas. They were coming off an NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. They were going to contend for the National Championship.

• VIDEO: John Beilein's MSU postgame press conference

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SportsMonday Column: We were wrong, Michigan deserves to dance

BY RYAN KARTJE

Prior the start of the college basketball season, I had absolutely zero hope that the Michigan men’s basketball team would earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

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