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Michigan Men's Basketball

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

Todd Needle/Daily

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

Todd Needle/Daily

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

Todd Needle/Daily

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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Wolverines look for complete effort against Fighting Leathernecks

Todd Needle/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The Michigan men’s basketball team knows that a lapse in focus like it had in the second half of Monday’s win over Towson won’t cut it against top competition.

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Mailbag: Two games in, many question marks for Michigan

Todd Needle/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

Feast your eyes, basketball fans. It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The inaugural event. The grand opening. Your first ever: weekly hoops mailbag. The men’s basketball writers have heard your questions, and after (relatively) prolonged deliberation and a gaze into the crystal ball (iTunes visualizer), we have your answers.

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Wolverine offense searching for consistency in the early going

Todd Needle/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

In Friday’s season-opening win over Ferris State, senior guard Stu Douglass — starting at the point because freshman Trey Burke was late to a walkthrough — was arguably the No. 17 Michigan men's basketball team's top performer, tying for the game high with 14 points.

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Michigan dispatches Towson in Maui Invitational opener

Todd Needle/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

The Michigan men’s basketball team doesn’t actually travel to Maui until this weekend, but the players figured they’d start heating up on Monday night.

• ANALYSIS: Wolverine offense searching for consistency in the early going

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Wolverines will rely on defense against lowly Towson

Alden Reiss/Daily

BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

For fans that can’t make it to Hawaii next week to catch Michigan in the Maui Invitational — and everything else the tropical island has to offer — don’t worry.

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Michigan runs away from Ferris State in opener with 19-0 spurt

Alden Reiss/Daily

BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

Michigan shook off an underwhelming start and went on a 19-0 run to close out Ferris State in the season opener.

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