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Michigan Men's Basketball

Michigan prepares for Tennessee in first round NCAA Tournament matchup

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BY ZAK PYZIK

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl isn't just playing what may be his last game this season against Michigan. Recently, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton has commented that he still doesn't know if Pearl will be returning this season.

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Tennessee Breakdown: Who has the advantage?

Salam Rida/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Under Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers have never failed to have a 20-win season. Coming into Friday's matchup with Michigan, the Volunteers are only one win shy of that mark.

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Men's basketball conference play recap

Salam Rida/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

With the eighth-seeded Wolverines preparing to head to Charlotte on Friday to take on Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, here’s another look back — this time, exmaining the conference season.

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Chantel Jennings: TEAM, TEAM, TEAM — Michigan's motto and reality

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

INDIANAPOLIS — Three young Ohio State fans stood alone at the railing of Conseco Fieldhouse. Their arms pressed over the black metal bar, their pudgy arms turning red while they tried to inch their hands further and further into the walkway.

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SportsMonday Column: Built on heart, basketball team shows other sports how to 'be Michigan'

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY RYAN KARTJE

When Zack Novak returned from the Michigan basketball team’s trip to Europe this summer, he was confident in one thing: The Wolverines were going to make the NCAA Tournament.

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Michigan selected as No. 8 seed in West Region, will take on Tennessee in NCAA Tournament

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

Who could’ve predicted this? Picked by everyone to finish at or near the bottom of the Big Ten, playing with no seniors and with one of the youngest squads in the country, the Michigan men’s basketball team has defied the odds this season.

• COLUMN: Chantel Jennings: TEAM, TEAM, TEAM — Michigan's motto and reality

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Wolverines struggle against No. 1 Ohio State in third matchup this season

BY ZAK PYZIK

INDIANAPOLIS — Midway through the first half of the semifinal game of the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan guard Matt Vogrich fought for possession with Ohio State center Jared Sullinger.
Sullinger tossed Vogrich — who is about the size of one of Sullinger’s legs — to the ground like a rag doll, as Sullinger kept two hands on the ball and wound up being awarded the jump ball.

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Wolverines hopeful heading into Selection Sunday

BY BEN ESTES

INDIANAPOLIS — The Michigan locker room was, understandably, quite somber after Saturday’s 68-61 loss to No. 1 Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
“It just seemed like (Ohio State’s) confidence was staying high the whole time,” redshirt freshman forward Jordan Morgan said. “I felt like we kind of got down on ourselves during the game, and they kind of fed off of that.”

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No. 1 Ohio State handles Michigan in semifinal of Big Ten Tournament

Salam Rida/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 1 Ohio State is no Illinois. So when the Michigan men’s basketball team let the Buckeyes gain momentum at Conseco FieldHouse on Saturday, the Wolverines weren’t going to get it back.

• LIVE BLOG: 'M' takes on top-ranked Buckeyes

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ESPN's “The Fab Five” delivers candid answers, despite Webber's absence

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

DETROIT — On Sunday at 9 p.m., ESPN will air “The Fab Five” on a mission to show the world everything there is to know about the most highly-touted recruiting class in the history of college basketball. The film details everything that's been under wraps since the early 1990s.

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