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Michigan Men's Basketball

Blue gets chance at redemption in first Big Ten Tournament game

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

If junior guard Stu Douglass had put just a tad more oomph into his left-handed desperation shot as the clock expired on Feb. 16 in Champaign, Friday’s Big Ten Tournament matchup vs. Illinois would have far fewer implications for the Michigan men's basketball team.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers talk Illinois, Big Ten Tournament

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Big Ten Tournament preview: Anyone can win it, but who are the favorites?

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BY ZAK PYZIK AND CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Daily analyzes what the top-five seeds must do at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis to win it all and garner the coveted automatic berth to the Big Dance.

• VIDEO: Basketball beat writers talk Illinois, Big Ten Tournament

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Men's basketball

Smotrycz's development in post brings new dimension to Michigan offense

BY LUKE PASCH

Evan Smotrycz isn't the most imposing post player in the Big Ten.
After the Michigan men’s basketball team completed its season sweep of Michigan State on Saturday, even assistant coach Bacari Alexander had to heckle the freshman forward via Twitter about the goofy photograph posted on ESPN.com.

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On men’s basketball: College basketball needs more John Beileins

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

Feel free to criticize John Beilein as a coach all you want. Personally, I’ll consider you an idiot if you do. Thankfully, though, with the Wolverines’ shocking performance this season, I think the cries of rabble-rousing Michigan fans calling for Beilein’s head have been finally a whimper.

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Wolverines withstand Lucas's charge, downplay altercation

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BY BEN ESTES

Kalin Lucas wasn’t going to go down without a fight, and by the end of Michigan’s 70-63 win over the Spartans on Saturday, it almost came to just that.

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Hardaway Jr. gets hot in second half, Wolverines down Spartans, 70-63

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

They were a preseason No. 2 team. They were returning three starters and had the preseason Big Ten player of the year in senior Kalin Lucas. They were coming off an NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance. They were going to contend for the National Championship.

• VIDEO: John Beilein's MSU postgame press conference

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SportsMonday Column: We were wrong, Michigan deserves to dance

BY RYAN KARTJE

Prior the start of the college basketball season, I had absolutely zero hope that the Michigan men’s basketball team would earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

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Zak Pyzik: Beilein's offense is finally working

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

At times it's been disgusting.

The Michigan men’s basketball team has had its share of eight-minute field goal droughts. On one occasion, it missed 23 3-pointers in a game. In another game, puny guard Matt Vogrich out-rebounded all of Michigan's post players.

But come on, give the Wolverines (9-9 Big Ten, 19-12 overall) a break, those are things that happen to every basketball team. Right? Well, not exactly.

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Hardaway Jr.'s hot hand guides Blue past Spartans

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

Who could have expected that the Michigan men’s basketball would not only sweep Michigan State during the 2010-11 season, but beat the Spartans 70-63 in a game where NCAA Tournament hopes were on the line?

• COLUMN: Beilein's offense is finally working

• ANALYSIS: Wolverines withstand Lucas's charge, downplay altercation

• VIDEO: John Beilein's MSU postgame press conference

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan closes regular season at home against Michigan State

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men'S BASKETBALL

Wolverine-Spartan rivalry resurges with tourney bid on the line

BY ZAK PYZIK

For the last decade, the Michigan and Michigan State men’s basketball rivalry has been one-sided, with the Spartans winning the last five matchups before this year.

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