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Michigan Men's Basketball

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Notebook: ESPN's Ford calls Burke a first rounder, says Morris didn't make a mistake

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BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

A year ago, few would’ve guessed that by guard Darius Morris would’ve generated enough buzz to even consider entering the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Luke Pasch: Comprehending Michigan's loss to Virginia

Andrew Shurtleff/AP

BY LUKE PASCH

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Deciphering Michigan’s 70-58 road loss to Virginia on Tuesday night is a game of elimination. So let’s play.

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Virginia defense shuts down Michigan in Challenge game

Andrew Shurtleff/AP

BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tuesday night’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge duel against Virginia had the signs of a letdown game for the No. 15 Michigan basketball team. And unfortunately for Michigan, the signs held true.

• COLUMN: Luke Pasch: Comprehending Michigan's loss to Virginia

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