INDIANAPOLIS – The Big Ten conference announced today that it will cancel the remainder of the conference tournament in Indianapolis amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus; the tournament will not resume at a later date. The fate of the NCAA Tournament and selection thereto remains unclear.
His performance at Maryland on Sunday was proof positive of how far he’s come. He delievered 20 points, a defensive rebound and a steal on 20 minutes. It was a stat line DeJulius could only have dreamed of a year ago today; he was the only Wolverine to top 20 points against the Terrapins in an 83-70 loss.
There are a lot of adjectives that describe Thursday night’s matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin.
Gritty. Streaky. Roller coaster.
And at the end of it all, the Wolverines (18-10 overall, 9-8 Big Ten) fell to Wisconsin (18-10, 11-6), 81-74, after an inconsistent offensive performance and an onslaught of drained 3-pointers by the Badgers.
Despite the spotty offense, the Wolverines embarked on plenty of electric scoring runs. But it was on defense where they struggled most.
Center Jon Teske’s teammates nicknamed him Big Sleep. It’s a reflection of the seven-foot senior’s quiet demeanor off the court. But recently, he’s been relatively quiet on the court as well. Going into the Michigan men’s basketball team’s game at Purdue on Saturday, Teske averaged just over five points a game over the previous five games, shooting just 28 percent from the field. It’s a significant drop-off for someone who averaged 14 points a game over the first nine games of the season.
Livers was sidelined with a groin injury in late December and reaggravated it against Illinois a month later. On Sunday against Indiana, he appeared to injure his ankle — he’s currently wearing a boot as a precaution, and it’s unclear whether he’ll play at Rutgers on Wednesday. Simpson was given a one-game suspension at the beginning of the month for a traffic violation. Teske has been slumping lately, putting up double-digits just once in the last five games and shooting 30 percent.
After the Michigan men’s basketball team upset No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday, 77-68, a photograph started to pop up all over social media.
In it, as the jubilant Maize Rage in the background celebrates the Wolverines’ statement defeat of the Spartans, sophomore guard David DeJulius embraces Michigan coach Juwan Howard. DeJulius’ eyes are closed in some mixture of gratitude and exhaustion while Howard soaks up his surroundings in awe and relief.