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Michigan runs away from UCLA, secures third-place finish in Maui

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BY BEN ESTES

LAHAINA, Hawaii — For the longest time, UCLA hung around like a pesky housefly, refusing to let Michigan pull away.

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Michigan, UCLA to battle for third place in Maui Invitational finale

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BY BEN ESTES

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Another day, another matchup with one of college basketball’s elite programs for the Michigan basketball team. The Wolverines will square off against UCLA (1-3) on Wednesday in the third-place/fourth-place game at the Maui Invitational, as Michigan looks to leave paradise with a winning record in the preseason tournament.

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Duke backcourt the difference in outplaying Burke, Hardaway Jr.

BY BEN ESTES

LAHAINA, Hawaii — If Monday’s matchup against Joe Jackson and Will Barton was the midterm for the Michigan basketball team’s backcourt, then Tuesday’s meeting with Seth Curry and Austin Rivers was the final exam.

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Duke's fast start proves too much for two Michigan rallies

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BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

Coach K and his record-breaking 903rd win has been the nation’s biggest college basketball story early this season, but in Maui, the talk has surrounded around his losses — or lack thereof.

• ADVANCE: Michigan, UCLA to battle for 3rd place in Maui finale

• ANALYSIS: Duke backcourt the difference in outplaying Burke, Hardaway Jr.

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Wolverines get chance for revenge against No. 6 Duke

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BY BEN ESTES

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Eight months later, they meet again. After falling in a 73-71 heartbreaker to Duke in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament last March, the Michigan men's basketball team has a shot at redemption when the two square off once more in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.

• MEMPHIS RECAP: Michigan clamps down on Memphis, pulls away for Maui victory

• ANALYSIS: Burke's coming-out party quells criticism in win

• VIDEO: Off the Dribble, Maui edition

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Burke's coming-out party quells criticism in win over Memphis

BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Memphis was a team that was supposed to give the Michigan men's basketball team and its inexperienced freshman point guard Trey Burke all kinds of problems.

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Michigan clamps down on Memphis, pulls away for Maui victory

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BY BEN ESTES

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Evan Smotrycz had reason to celebrate — he'd just put a dagger in the hearts of No. 8 Memphis's comeback attempt. The sophomore forward screamed in celebration at halfcourt after his 3-pointer with 3:27 left in the game gave the Wolverines a 14-point lead, clinching a 73-61 win in the quarterfinals of the Maui Invitational.

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Elite competition will test Michigan in Maui

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BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

Monday morning usually isn’t the highlight of anyone’s week. But the No. 17 Michigan basketball team gets to spend it in Hawaii, taking on No. 10 Memphis in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

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Erratic post play continues in win over Western Illinois

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BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

Usually when a player or team is described as magical, it’s a good thing. But not when there appears to be a magician turning Michigan’s post players into disappearing acts.

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Michigan escapes upset scare from Western Illinois

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BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

Once the Michigan basketball team figured out that knocking down foul shots was easier than making three-point shots, the Wolverines were able overcome a pesky Western Illinois team and salvage a 59-55 win.

• ANALYSIS: Erratic post play continues in win over Western Illinois

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