Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:54pm
Freshman David DeJulius was the first point guard off the bench on Saturday.

David DeJulius took the court at Crisler with his first real opportunity all season.

Junior guard Zavier Simpson needed a spell in the Michigan men’s basketball team’s game against Maryland on Saturday, and DeJulius was the first guard off the bench. He played just 40 seconds before subbing out, but with six-and-a-half minutes left in the first half, the freshman re-entered after Simpson got his second foul. He hit a layup and nabbed a steal two possessions later. He was in for four minutes this time, only coming out after missing a 3-pointer with 1:20 left.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 4:05pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers found defensive success playing alongside Jon Teske in Michigan's win over Maryland on Sunday.

In many games, that would have been where it unraveled — especially when Johns, Teske’s replacement, instantly picked up two fouls on the same possession. But Beilein took the risk and put Teske back in along with Livers.

After that, Fernando had six points, Smith had two and Michigan had a 65-52 win.

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:50pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole is shooting 30 percent in his last 63 attempts from beyond the arc.

Don’t tell Jordan Poole he’s in a slump. At least not to his face.

“I personally don’t like to use the word slump. It’s a media thing,” the sophomore guard said last Monday after he shot 3-for-9 in a loss to Iowa. “But there’ll just be games where you don’t hit shots. … I bounce back. That’s all there is to it.”

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:02pm

PISCATAWAY — Geo Baker stood dead center, well beyond the arc, and fired for three.

The shot landed to cap off an 8-0 run, and with just over three minutes left in the first half, Michigan’s lead was down to single digits for the first time since the under-16 timeout.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 11:00pm

And the Buckeyes’ frustration with Simpson started even earlier. The possession before the fight, Simpson hit a 3-pointer to break up a three-minute scoring drought. Before that, he was a constant presence, grabbing boards left and right and dishing out assists. He finished with a triple-double, the first of his career — scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists and acting as the Wolverines’ catalyst in its 65-49 win.

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:46pm
Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews held Indiana's Romeo Langford to 3-of-12 shooting.

And there in the middle of all of it was Matthews, who had four rebounds before Indiana had a single point and generated chances for his team even through periods of sloppy offensive play.

Langford, meanwhile, had three fouls in the first nine minutes of the game and sat the rest of the half.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:52pm
Sophomores Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers combined for just 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting Tuesday night..

As those four excruciating minutes passed, with the refs reviewing every angle of a slowed-down Matthews releasing the ball, all Minnesota could do was stand and wait and hope.

A few milliseconds made the difference between what could have been one of the Golden Gophers’ biggest performances in years and just another game that ended in heartbreak.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:24pm
Michigan coach John Beilein's goal wasn't to be undefeated this season.

For everyone else, too, it had been a while since they’d made mistakes like that, been outplayed like that or lost like that. Other than a 62-60 scare in Evanston in early December, there hadn’t been any semblance of trouble all season. Now that they’ve hit some struggles, the Wolverines are better equipped to correct them.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:57pm

Michigan was bound to lose sometime and here it was, a game full of offensive woes and turnovers and giving Wisconsin just a little too much room to get back into the game until finally, it cascaded in the Wolverines’ 64-54 loss. Michigan never led again.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:33pm
In his 12th season at the helm, Michigan coach John Beilein has the Wolverines out to the best start in program history.

Chris Collins stepped up to the podium last Sunday, faced with the unenviable task of putting into words a summation of his team’s 80-60 loss to No. 2 Michigan.

“Seventeen teams have tried,” the Northwestern men’s basketball coach said. “And 17 have failed.”

That’s 17 postgame press conferences for the opposing coach, trying to grapple with what had just happened and finding some positive takeaway to tell reporters.