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Michigan Men's Basketball

Fouls help and hurt Wolverines in win over Falcons

BY ZAK PYZIK

The Michigan men's basketball team didn't need any extra points in its 69-50 win over Bowling Green on Thursday, especially uncontested ones. But getting to the foul line is something that the Wolverines must do in order to win the close games they found themselves in so frequently last season.

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Wolverines hope shooters stay hot in matchup with Bowling Green

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

In the 2008-09 season, the Michigan men’s basketball team shot 42.5 percent from the field, including 33.4 percent on three-point attempts. The next year, those numbers dipped to 41.6 percent and 29.9 percent, respectively.

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On men's basketball: Morris should run the point, Douglass the two guard

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

For an athlete, starting for any sports team normally reflects a coach's confidence in that athlete relative to other players. But starting for the Michigan men's basketball team — not so much. The first five on the floor aren’t always the best five, especially with Michigan coach John Beilein’s unconventional approach to using his roster.

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Center woes loom large for 'M' basketball

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

By most measures, the Michigan men’s basketball season opener was a success. But the positives, along with a lopsided final score, masked an otherwise glaring weakness for the Wolverines: center play. Even against a non-contender team, the big men were rather ineffective.

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Michigan dispatches USC-Upstate in season opener 66-35

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The Wolverines topped South Carolina-Upstate 66-35, riding a hot start and aggressive defense to a season-opening blowout victory.

• ANALYSIS: Tim Hardaway Jr. leads Michigan in season opener

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Tim Hardaway Jr. leads Michigan in season opener

BY ZAK PYZIK

After every point he scored, block he made, or steal he had, freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. played with the biggest smile in his college debut. It was polished with the confidence of a fifth-year senior and the jitters of a kid on his first day of school.

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Michigan dispatches USC-Upstate in season opener 66-35

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The Wolverines topped South Carolina-Upstate 66-35, riding a hot start and aggressive defense to a season-opening blowout victory.

LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan vs. South Carolina-Upstate

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Michigan opens season with youthful USC Upstate

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

On Saturday, for probably the only time this season, the Michigan men’s basketball team will face off against a more youthful squad.

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Poor shooting in shaky first contest for men's hoops

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BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Wolverines finished 3-for-21 from behind the arc — a pitiful 14.3-percent — in the 68-59 exhibition win over Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday.

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'M' downs Saginaw Valley State in home exhibition matchup, 68-59

BY LUKE PASCH

Nobody knows what to expect from the relatively inexperienced Michigan men’s basketball team this season, but one thing is for certain: the scoring will be far more spread out than last year’s Manny Harris- and DeShawn Sims-led squad.

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