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Michigan Men's Basketball

Bacari Alexander: The man teaching the posts to be artists in the paint

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The writing was pretty much on the wall when Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein brought in Bacari Alexander as his assistant. Alexander would be given the formidably difficult task of converting Beilein’s young post contingent into a group that could compete with this year’s resume of big men.

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A glimpse into Michigan's future

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BY LUKE PASCH

In the waning moments of Sunday’s game against Duke in the NCAA Round of 32, Darius Morris lifted a floater in the lane to potentially send the contest into overtime. For that precious second, as the ball left his fingertips, the Los Angeles native dreamed of home.

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SportsMonday Column: Renewing the Fab Five swagger is starting to change Michigan basketball

BY RYAN KARTJE

A week after the release of ESPN’s highest-rated documentary ever, one that put the Fab Five on display as poets and revolutionaries of college basketball, rehashing old feuds and sparking an old rivalry, there was Zack Novak and Stu Douglass and there were black shoes, black socks.

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1-3-1 zone helps Michigan hang with Blue Devils

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s pretty rare to stifle Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. But the Michigan men’s basketball team almost stifled the coach and his top-seeded team into a loss with the help of its 1-3-1 zone on Sunday.

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Morris misses potential game-tying shot, but still helps Blue hang with Duke

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BY ZAK PYZIK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Darius Morris’s family still loves him. As the Michigan men’s basketball sophomore guard walked over to his family in the stands at the end of the Wolverines' 73-71 loss to Duke on Sunday, members of his family told him to keep his head up and received him with open arms.

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Chantel Jennings: The sound of silence

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This wasn't a season that could be captured in a still frame. It wasn't a team that could be defined in 900 words. And it wasn't a moment that anyone — not even Darius Morris — had words for.

• COVER: Michigan falls to top-seeded Duke, 73-71

• ANALYSIS: Morris misses final shot, but helps Blue hang with Duke

• ON DEFENSE: 1-3-1 zone helps Michigan hang with Blue Devils

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Blue takes on top-seeded Duke in Charlotte

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Michigan misses buzzer beater against Duke, falls short of Sweet 16

BY ZAK PYZIK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With just 5.6 seconds left in the Michigan men's basketball team's third-round NCAA Tournament game against Duke on Sunday, Morris drove and missed a floater as the buzzer sounded. Michigan fell to the top-seeded Blue Devils, 73-71.

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Michigan falls to top-seeded Duke, 73-71

Chantel Jennings/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With just 5.6 seconds left in the Michigan men's basketball team's third-round NCAA Tournament game against Duke on Sunday, Morris drove and missed a floater in the final seconds. Michigan fell to the top-seeded Blue Devils, 73-71.

• COLUMN: Chantel Jennings: The sound of silence

• ANALYSIS: Morris misses final shot, but helps Blue hang with Duke

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Blue takes on top-seeded Duke in Charlotte

• BREAKDOWN: Eighth-seeded Wolverines square off with powerful No. 1 seed Duke

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Notebook: Always the underdog, never the favorite

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

All season, the Michigan men’s basketball team has been playing with a chip on its shoulder. Coming into the season, the Wolverines were picked to finish 10th or last in the Big Ten. Most believed the only team they’d do better than was a struggling Iowa program.

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Michigan to face Duke in NCAA Tournament Round of 32

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Friday morning, shortly after 10 a.m., assistant men’s basketball coach Bacari Alexander received a text message from Jalen Rose: Go Blue! Go win and good luck!

• BREAKDOWN: Eighth-seeded Wolverines square off with powerful No. 1 seed Duke

• VIDEO: Duke coach K discusses his team, the Wolverines and the Fab 5 documentary

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