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Michigan Men's Basketball

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Wolverines look to sweep Hawkeyes

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Freshman Evan Smotrycz’s and junior Stu Douglass’s 3-point shots from the waning moments of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s loss to Illinois only stayed fresh in their minds for a little bit. The team watched the replay once, and since then, it’s been full steam ahead as the Wolverines (6-8 Big Ten, 16-11 overall) prepare for Iowa on Saturday.

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On men’s basketball: Illinois loss a setback, but hope isn’t lost for Wolverines

BY BEN ESTES

CHAMPAIGN — If there’s one thing Darius Morris can count on every game, it’s having a significant size advantage over his counterpart. But as the sophomore found out Wednesday night — and as Michigan itself found out — Illinois is a different animal.

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Michigan scrambles back, can't top Fighting Illini

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

CHAMPAIGN — The relatively undersized Michigan men’s basketball team was probably relieved to hear on Wednesday night that 7-foot-1 Illinois center Mike Tisdale wouldn’t be starting for just the second time all season. But whatever solace the Wolverines found didn’t last long.

• COMMENTARY: Illinois loss a setback, but hope isn’t lost for Wolverines

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As regular season winds down, Blue gets flashy

Jake Fromm/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein has never been a fan of flashy plays. But even Beilein had a smile on his face after sophomore guard Darius Morris threw an alley-oop to roommate Jordan Morgan at the end of the Wolverines’ 75-66 win against Northwestern last Wednesday.

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Wolverines travel to Illinois where they haven't won since 1995

James Weaver/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The last time the Michigan men’s basketball team beat Illinois at Assembly Hall, most of the current players were enrolling in kindergarten.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers discuss keys to the game, give their predictions

• Q&A: Behind Enemy Lines with Illinois seniors

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Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with Illinois seniors

BY BEN ESTES

Like most of the Big Ten, the Illinois men’s basketball team is led by its veteran talent. The senior trio of point guard Demetri McCamey, forward Mike Davis and center Mike Tisdale has accomplished plenty for the Fighting Illini. At Big Ten Media Day in October, the trio sat down with The Michigan Daily to discuss the upcoming season.

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Hardaway Jr. coming of age in recent run

James Weaver/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The pedigree has always been there. So, too, has the talent. And for freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr., in recent games, the all-around game has begun to match his prodigious ability.

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Wolverines allow Hoosiers to mount late comeback in close win

James Weaver/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

In late November, just five games into the Michigan men’s basketball season, coach John Beilein told his team that he knew the Wolverines were a team he could lose with, because he knew they were going to get better. He knew it was a team that would learn from its losses.

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Wolverines hold on to lead to beat Indiana

James Weaver/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

A tale of two halves is the best way to describe the Michigan basketball team’s 73-69 win against Indiana at Crisler Arena on Saturday. The Wolverines (6-7 Big Ten, 16-10 overall) went into halftime having taken just five 3-pointers — a season low for the Wolverines in one stanza.

• ANALYSIS: Wolverines allow comeback, hold off IU

• NOTEBOOK: Wolverines have eyes on Tournament, struggle with free throw shooting

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Putting the muscle in Michigan: The rise of Showtime Morgan

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

Jordan Morgan savors this moment. He just set a pick at the top of the key for his point guard Darius Morris, and the play worked to perfection. As Morris dribbled around the screen, Morgan’s defender made the switch to cover him, but Morris’s man didn’t switch off.

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