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Michigan Men's Basketball

On men's basketball: Wolverines will catch the Buckeyes soon, not this year

Chris Dzombak/Daily

BY LUKE PASCH

COLUMBUS — If only John Beilein had a fast forward button.
Thursday night’s matchup between the Wolverines and the top-ranked Buckeyes was yet another sign that it just isn’t Michigan’s year to shine on the hardwood.

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Michigan’s upset bid falls short against top-ranked Buckeyes

Chris Dzombak/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

COLUMBUS — The scene was familiar. For the second straight Thursday, the Michigan men’s basketball team found itself in a hated rival’s arena, clinging to a lead and hoping to outlast the more powerful home team.

• COMMENTARY: Wolverines will catch the Buckeyes soon, not this year

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: LIVE BLOG: Wolverines fall to No. 1 Ohio State, 62-53

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Blue to face the No. 1 team in the country

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

The Buckeyes (9-0 Big Ten, 22-0 overall) haven’t been shy about their intentions on adding a National Championship to the team’s resume by the end of the season. But for now, Ohio State coach Thad Matta is just trying to keep things as simple as possible — focusing on what his team needs to do to play better basketball.

• VIDEO: The Michigan Daily's men's basketball beat discusses No. 1 Ohio State

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Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with OSU upperclass trio

BY BEN ESTES

It’s easy to look at the Ohio State men's basketball team and only think about freshman star and National Player of the Year candidate Jared Sullinger. But one can’t forget about a threesome of Buckeye seniors — forward Dallas Lauderdale, guard Jon Diebler and fifth-year guard/forward David Lighty — who've been the veteran leaders of the squad all year.

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Notebook: Novak stepping up from long distance

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

The trend for most members of the Michigan men’s basketball team has been to see their quality of play decrease during the Big Ten season. But one player has instead turned it up a notch during the conference season.

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Vogrich has solidified himself in Beilein's offense

Chris Dzombak/Daily

BY ZAK PYZIK

Michigan men’s basketball guard Matt Vogrich is 27 minutes away from doubling the amount of time he played all last season. And the Wolverines still have at least 10 games remaining. The sophomore’s role in Michigan coach John Beilein’s scheme has evolved to make him where he is one of the team’s main contributors off the bench.

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Smotrycz takes step forward in win over Hawkeyes

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY BEN ESTES

Conference play hasn’t always been kind to Evan Smotrycz. The axiom goes that the true test of a freshman’s mettle is how he responds during the grind of the conference season — especially in a league as deep and physical as the Big Ten.

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SportsMonday Column: Zack Novak, Ann Arbor's newest folk sports hero

Chris Ryba/Daily

BY RYAN KARTJE

Watching Thursday’s game — a season-changing win for Michigan basketball on the road at the Breslin Center — it became strikingly clear that Zack Novak is different from any other student-athlete at the University of Michigan.

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Chantel Jennings: Maturity brings about a change in Morris

BY CHANTEL JENNINGS

With just under 10 minutes left in the Wolverines’ 87-73 win over Iowa on Sunday Darius Morris threw a wraparound pass from the free throw line to Jordan Morgan under the basket. Morris was on the Michigan free throw line and Morgan was standing underneath the Iowa basket. Let that sink in — a 60-foot scoop pass. Cue the SportsCenter music, please.

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Blue rolls over Iowa, 87-73, picks up second straight conference win

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BY LUKE PASCH

Before the Michigan men’s basketball team was introduced for Sunday afternoon’s game against Iowa, the Crisler Arena jumbotron played a clip from Thursday night’s victory at then No. 25 Michigan State. Fans gave the team a standing ovation as they re-lived the magic of junior guard Stu Douglass’s clutch 3-pointer that sealed the win for the Wolverines.

• COLUMN: Chantel Jennings: Maturity brings about a change in Morris

• LIVE BLOG RECAP: Michigan men's basketball vs. Iowa

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