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Michigan Men's Basketball

Zak Pyzik: Throw out the expectations for this young team

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BY ZAK PYZIK

At Big Ten media day, Zack Novak had higher expectations for the Wolverines than others did.

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Behind Novak's threes, Wolverines take down Spartans, 61-57

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

EAST LANSING — In the dead of winter, four young men stood at the front of the Michigan State student section behind the baseline at the Breslin Center. Their chests read: 1181. It was the total number of days since a Michigan football or men’s basketball team beat Michigan State.

• COLUMN: Throw out the expectations for this young team

• VIDEO: Michigan coach John Beilein and Stu Douglass discuss Michigan's upset of No. 25 Michigan State

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan vs. Michigan State

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Struggling Spartans present opportunity for slump-busting win in rivalry game

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

Zack Novak hates Michigan State. The junior guard for the Michigan men’s basketball team said Wednesday that his rivals throughout his life have all worn green and white — so for Novak, adopting the Spartans as hated competitors was an “easy transition.”

• VIDEO: The basketball beat discusses No. 25 Michigan State

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Michigan having trouble cutting through opposing zones

Anna Schulte/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

In the first half of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s game against No. 15 Minnesota on Saturday, the Wolverines scored just four points in the paint. That statistic itself wasn’t terribly eye-popping.

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Blue losses start to wear on team chemistry

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Following the Michigan men’s basketball team’s 69-51 win over Oakland in mid December, freshman forward Jon Horford said, “I’ve never been on a team like this before. I’ve never experienced this, we’re real close.” But in the Wolverines’ recent six-game losing skid, the team is not looking as cohesive as it used to.

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Chantel Jennings: The question for opposing Big Ten coaches has changed

Anna Schulte/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

All the hype at the beginning of this year was about how good of a summer sophomore point guard Darius Morris had. Everyone said he was going to be the glue to bind the Michigan men’s basketball team together — which was fine, because that’s what a point guard should be.

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Notebook: Michigan players have team meeting to discuss losing streak

BY ZAK PYZIK

Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein walked out of the locker room after the Wolverines' 69-64 loss to Minnesota on Saturday earlier than normal. Assistant coach LaVall Jordan stayed with the players, holding his own team meeting — one that didn’t involve Beilein.

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Michigan can’t complete comeback, falls to No. 15 Minnesota, 69-64

Anna Shulte/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

From the opening tip, it was clear that the Michigan team that took the court Saturday night against Minnesota wasn’t the same group that got blown out at Indiana and Northwestern in its last two games.

• COLUMN: Chantel Jennings: The question for opposing Big Ten coaches has changed

• NOTEBOOK: Michigan players have team meeting to discuss losing streak

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Michigan can’t get over hump, falls to No. 15 Minnesota, 69-64

BY BEN ESTES

From the opening tip, it was clear that the Michigan team that took the court Saturday night against Minnesota wasn’t the same group that got blown out at Indiana and Northwestern in its last two games.
But improved play didn’t turn into a win for the Wolverines. The Michigan men’s basketball team fell to the 15th-ranked Golden Gophers, 69-64, at Crisler Arena.

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Michigan to face revamped No. 15 Minnesota

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Michigan men’s basketball team may be rebuilding this season, but there’s no squad in the Big Ten that has reconstructed its starting lineup as much as No. 15 Minnesota.

• VIDEO: Men's basketball beat discusses No. 15 Minnesota

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