Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:20am

CHICAGO — The whistle came just 28 seconds into the second half.

Then another, and another, and another and another, five Michigan fouls in two minutes.

Iowa is a team known for drawing fouls — something it made known in Iowa City on Feb. 1, where foul trouble spiraled for the Wolverines, who found themselves powerless as Hawkeye fans stormed the court after a 15-point victory.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 6:47pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers was one of many Wolverines in foul trouble early on in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.

But the Michigan men’s basketball team wasn’t just close in the sense that, in the last game of the season, it was competing for a conference championship. With three minutes left in the first half, the Wolverines were up 12, the title firmly within their grasp.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:16pm

Ultimately, No. 7 Michigan (26-5 overall, 15-5 Big Ten) could only watch as No. 9 Michigan State (23-6, 16-4) seized the title for itself, collapsing in the second half and falling 75-63.

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 7:04pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole realized Minnesota beat Purdue on Tuesday when teammates texted the group chat.

All of a sudden, there was this lifeline, a second chance. All of a sudden, Saturday at the Breslin Center will mean everything for both teams. Whichever one wins will earn at least a share of the conference.

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:02pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers recorded a double-double in his first start of the season.

As it turned out, Beilein didn’t need to worry. Livers forced Palmer into tough shots and held him to seven points on 3-of-15 shooting, a performance so poor that Nebraska coach Tim Miles left him on the bench to start the second half.

And from when Matthews walked in wearing a walking boot Wednesday at practice — making it clear that Livers would be filling in — Livers’ hunger was apparent.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:52pm
Charles Matthews was honored during the Wolverines' senior night.

It was that kind of night for the Michigan men’s basketball team (25-4 overall, 14-4 Big Ten), who got off to a quick start and never relented, winning 82-53 in the final home game of the season.

Shots were falling, no matter who was on the court.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:05pm
Freshman kicker Jake Moody earned the starting job from Quinn Nordin

With the Michigan football team’s 2018 regular season in the books, The Daily looks back at the performance of each unit this year and peers ahead to the future in 2019. In this edition: special teams.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 7:11pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis was Michigan's second-leading scorer against Michigan State, shooting 5-11 from the field and 5-6 from the line for 16 points.

It was an about-face from the scene just 14 minutes earlier. Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis got the ball on a fast-break, drove to the hoop and flushed it in right over Michigan State’s Kenny Goins, putting the Wolverines up by six and bringing the crowd to its feet.

But after that, the Spartans called timeout. Michigan didn’t score for five minutes. And the complexion of the game changed completely, resulting in a 77-70 Spartan win.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 9:36pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis downplayed the rivalry with Michigan State ahead of Sunday's game.

A mere two days before his team’s biggest game of the season, John Beilein started talking about how he was glad Michigan had gotten back from Minnesota a little earlier than usual. Then he talked about the challenge of a short turnaround. Then he thanked the operations staff for setting up the logistics so that 200 alumni could attend.

The reason 200 alumni were going to be at this particular game?

Oh, yeah. Only then did he talk about the next opponent: Michigan State.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:50pm
Zavier Simpson has been shooting 76 percent from the charity stripe in Big Ten action.

Simpson no longer fits his reputation. In Big Ten play, Simpson has hit 22-of-28 from the charity stripe — a 76 percent clip. And against Maryland, he continued the trend, sinking both free throws to extend the Michigan men’s basketball team’s lead.