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Michigan Men's Basketball

Tipoff 2011

Big Ten Breakdown: The Daily basketball beat predicts the fate of every conference team

BY DAILY BASKETBALL BEAT

The Big Ten looks to be relatively down this season. Like most prognosticators, the Daily basketball beat has picked Ohio State to win the conference. Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State will challenge for the championship as well. Here's our take on each team for 2011-12, in order of projected finish:

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Leadership of Novak, Douglass ensures that 2011 isn't 2009

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BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

With expectations mounting and an already solidified buzz on campus, the Michigan basketball program is attempting to reach the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996.

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TIPOFF 2011

The Shadow of a Name: How Tim Hardaway Jr. has formed his basketball identity

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BY BEN ESTES

The father, who had all the glory any man could hope for, was in the driver’s seat, casually turning the wheel in rhythm with the Miami streets. The son, a 16-year-old child trying to forge his own story in the shadow of his very name, leaned against the door of the passenger’s seat, with nothing to say.

• COLUMN: Fear the freshmen

• ANALYSIS: Young front court looks to step up

• BIG TEN BREAKDOWN: How will every Big Ten team finish?

• OFF THE DRIBBLE, EPISODE 1: The beat talks all things Michigan basketball

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Tipoff 2011

Young frontcourt bulks up, looks to take step forward

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BY NEAL ROTHSCHILD

If “bigger, faster, stronger” is the goal, then the Michigan basketball team's frontcourt took care of the “bigger” and “stronger” parts this summer.

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Tipoff 2011

Luke Pasch: Fear the freshman

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BY LUKE PASCH

I distinctly remember when I realized Michigan was getting something special in freshman point guard Trey Burke.

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BIG TEN MEDIA DAY

Notebook: Michigan enjoys the spotlight, Delany talks expansion

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BY LUKE PASCH

ROSEMONT, Ill. — What a difference 365 days makes. About a year ago at Big Ten Media Day, Michigan coach John Beilein sat quietly at a lonely roundtable as reporters swarmed the tables of Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin — the big boys of the Big Ten.

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Experienced Wolverines helping freshmen in early days of practice

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BY BEN ESTES

John Beilein must feel like a proud papa. With six days of practice in the books after team workouts officially began last Friday, the Michigan men’s basketball coach has already seen his experienced players doing their part to help the wide-eyed freshmen — one of the biggest tasks in the early going.

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Notebook: Point guard position remains vacant after Morris's departure

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BY DANIEL WASSERMAN

Former Michigan point guard Darius Morris’s surprise emergence last season led the Michigan basketball team all the way to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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men's basketball

Hatch making ‘notable improvements’ in recovery from second fatal plane crash

BY STEPHEN J. NESBITT

It’s like lightning striking the same place twice — except more improbable. Twice a plane-crash victim, twice a survivor.

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Luke Pasch: What Morris's decision means for the program

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BY LUKE PASCH

For Michigan fans, the ending to the 2010-11 men’s basketball campaign was the definition of bittersweet.

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