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Michigan Men's Basketball

Michigan hopes to stun third-ranked Jayhawks on Sunday

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BY ZAK PYZIK

Sunday will be the first time the Michigan basketball team will square up with a top-five opponent this season. It's also the first time the Wolverines will play against twins this year. The dynamic duo of Kansas men’s basketball’s forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have led the third-ranked Jayhawks to an unblemished 14-0 mark this season.

• VIDEO: Men's basketball beat breaks down Sunday's matchup with Kansas

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Breakdown: ‘M’ will have hands full on Sunday

BY LUKE PASCH

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between No. 3 Kansas and Michigan will feature the elite of the Big 12 and one of the youngest squads of the Big Ten. Essentially, this game is far less important for the Jayhawks than it is for the Wolverines, who will be looking to prove something in front of their home crowd. Can David beat Goliath?

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Homecourt is more than a huge advantage for Badgers

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

MADISON — Saying it’s tough to beat Wisconsin at home would be an understatement. In fact, to say it’s anything other than nearly impossible is a lie. According to the statistics that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has racked up in his 10 seasons with the Badgers, an opposing team entering the Kohl Center has just a seven-percent chance of leaving with a victory.

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Wolverines can’t hang with Badgers, fall 66-50

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BY BEN ESTES

MADISON — A board hangs in the tunnel of Crisler Arena, listing each team on the schedule for the Michigan men’s basketball team. The opponent for Wednesday night’s game is listed as ‘Wisconson.’ While more likely a spelling error than any sign of disrespect for the Badgers, the young Wolverine squad certainly respects Wisconsin now.

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Chantel Jennings: Two looks at the same Wolverine squad

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

A 23-point loss to then-No. 12 Purdue and a come-from-behind victory over a talented Penn State squad. Two very different Big Ten games. That’s what the Michigan men’s basketball team has on its resume so far this season. There were just five days between the two games — no one gained weight, grew a few inches or altered their shot.

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Wisconsin's swing offense may pose problems for Blue

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BY ZAK PYZIK

Thirty-five seconds is about to feel like long time for the Michigan men's basketball team. The Wolverines will have to defend Wisconsin for about that length of time each whenever the Badgers control the ball at the Kohl Center on Wednesday.

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Wolverines outlast Nittany Lions, grab first Big Ten win

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Michigan men’s basketball team didn’t intend for philanthropic work to be its New Year's resolution. But after sending Penn State to the charity stripe 13 times in a tight second half in Sunday’s game, it looked as though Michigan could give away too much. Just 10 minutes into the half, the Wolverines had already racked up six fouls.

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Blue takes on Battle and the Nittany Lions at home

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Aggressiveness fuels Michigan's win over Penn State

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BY BEN ESTES

The rip in Zack Novak’s jersey was subtle, but it said it all. The junior guard and co-captain for the Michigan men’s basketball team is known for his intensity and fiery nature on the court — it’s rare to see Novak ever get out-hustled, and you’d need restraints to ever try and prevent him from diving for a loose ball.

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Blue looks to rebound from Purdue loss and grab Big Ten win against Penn State

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The first play of freshman Evan Smotrycz’s Big Ten conference career was eye opening, to say the least.
“It was definitely one of those ‘Welcome-to-the-Big-Ten’ moments,” Smotrycz said Thursday at Crisler Arena. “I think their first play was a lobb, reverse dunk to JaJuan Johnson and I was like, ‘Oh, all right.’ ”

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With tough road ahead, Wolverines keep narrow focus on next game

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

When junior Stu Douglass looks back at Tuesday’s 80-57 loss to No. 12 Purdue at Crisler Arena, he says the Michigan men’s basketball team only played 10 to 12 minutes of good defense.

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