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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:14pm
Junior guard Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 24 points against Northwestern.

From the beginning, it was clear that the Wildcats were sticking with their strategy. Six and a half minutes into the game, Northwestern left Simpson wide open from beyond the arc, leaving everyone else blocked. And even though it hadn’t worked last time, even though the whole team had shot terribly in Saturday’s practice, Simpson did the only thing there was to do: shoot the ball.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:17pm
For the first time in over a month, Michigan heads on the road Thursday to face Illinois.

Illinois senior guard Aaron Jordan isn’t the most heralded player on the team, but he is the most veteran of a starting lineup composed of two four-star freshmen and a sophomore. The Daily sat down with Jordan at Big Ten Media Day in October.

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 7:29pm
Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews held Indiana guard Romeo Langford to 17 points Sunday in Michigan's 74-63 win.

In the waning seconds of the game, it was Charles Matthews who stood at center court, dribbling the clock out on the Michigan men’s basketball team’s win over Indiana. It was appropriate, for a game where, for much of it, the redshirt junior wing had been a focal point.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:02pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State.

In the first half, even when his shots weren’t falling, Brazdeikis did everything else on the court. He locked down Penn State forward Lamar Stevens, who got just 17 points off 44 touches. He helped facilitate the offense. And he filled in on rebounding — an area that’s normally Livers’ specialty.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 4:08pm
John Beilein and the Michigan basketball team will take on Penn State Thursday night.

Penn State is the kind of team that plays tough in every game. Chambers has run all kinds of creative defenses, from a stifling three-quarter court trap to zone to plain old man, that could give Michigan fits.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 10:33pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole was 6-of-10 from 3-point range on Sunday.

Isaiah Livers was in the middle of answering a question about adding pace to his game when Jordan Poole came over.

The sophomore forward left his answer hanging.

“You shot 10 threes, bro?” he said to Poole. “Calm down, man! That’s a lot of threes!”

Calming down, of course, isn’t Poole’s thing. And on Sunday, it was a good thing he didn’t — six of his 10 shots from beyond the arc went in, providing Michigan with 18 much-needed points in its 74-52 win over Binghamton.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 5:42pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers keyed an 11-0 run to extend Michigan's lead to 14

It was halftime and John Beilein was at a loss. The Michigan men’s basketball coach couldn’t draw up any new plays for his team, which was leading by just five against Binghamton (4-12) .And though it took longer than it should have against a team no one viewed as a threat Michigan eventually found a groove and ended 2018 with a 74-52 win.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 5:50pm
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For the first few minutes of Saturday’s game against Air Force (4-7 overall), No. 4 Michigan (12-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten), the misses piled up. But by the end of the game, Michigan got its offense clicking just enough, as four players scored in the double digits en route to a 71-50 win.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:50pm
John Beilein helped Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich and assistant Andrew Moore land jobs after leaving Michigan

Few vestiges remain of what Michigan basketball used to be, but it was that era of the program that shaped so much of who Zandt, Moore and Pilipovich are today. On Saturday, the three will meet with old friends, visit their old haunts and thank the people — including Beilein — who got them to this point.