There was always going to be a bit of a learning curve, and an injury to freshman guard Franz Wagner, heralded as one of the most exciting players coming to Ann Arbor this year, wasn’t going to help things.
There were signs of that in the highs and lows exposed in the offense in last week’s season-opening victory over Appalachian State, a game the Wolverines led by 30 but only won by eight.
Despite an inconsistent offensive performance in the first half, the Michigan men’s basketball team handily defeated Elon, 70-50, at home on Friday night behind strong defensive performances from senior center Jon Teske and senior guard Zavier Simpson.
As the final minutes of the Michigan men’s basketball team’s season-opening 79-71 victory over Appalachian State ran off the clock on Tuesday, Juwan Howard was in his element. His imposing frame cast a long reflection over the shining hardwood floors at Crisler Center, his long arms stretched as he signaled to his players, his face was animated as he shouted directions over the chaos of the Maize Rage behind him. Just a couple hours earlier, the newly-minted head coach’s body language told a much-different story. He wavered between sitting and standing for much of the beginning of the game – his first at the helm of this Michigan team. Sitting, he craned as far forward as he seemed physically capable of doing, trying to get a read on the court. Standing, he looked tense. His long arms either hung by his sides or fidgeted with his tie or the button of his jacket, but his body leaned forward as if he was physically restraining himself from running onto the court.
Every year for the Tipoff edition, The Daily’s basketball beat puts out a preview of the entire conference. Plenty of other outlets do similar pieces around the start of the season. They’re long, they’re unwieldy, and, honestly, they can get a little boring.
Not this one.
If I’m going to write this Big Ten preview, then I’m going to have some fun with it. And I’m not going to waste your time.
The Michigan women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten) tied Indiana 0-0 on on Sunday behind a strong defensive performance anchored by sophomore defender Sydney Shepherd and junior defender Alia Martin.
Being a goalkeeper is one of the most high-pressure jobs in sports. Nothing between the player and the net – just a pair of gloves between the player and a soccer ball hurtling forward, often at upwards of 50 miles an hour. An intimidating task, to say the least.
OMAHA, Neb. – For much of the season, there were questions swirling around the Michigan baseball team. Now, on the far side of an improbable ride that brought Team 153 to the finals of the College World Series – and on the far side of a crushing 8-2 loss at the hands of No. 2 Vanderbilt – the answers to those questions are starting to become clear.
As the baseball team’s 2019 season comes to a close, and Michigan’s magical run through the postseason comes to an end, the Daily presents these awards to members of Team 153 that stood out over the course of the season.