Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 2:10pm

Despite a hot start and the return of junior forward Isaiah Livers, who was later injured, Michigan Men’s Basketball lost to Illinois in a closely contested match this Saturday, 64-62.

In their fourth straight loss, Michigan struggled to keep up with Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, who had 27 points on the day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:00pm

Michigan meanwhile, is 0-4 away from Crisler Center. Its opponent on Wednesday night, Penn State, despite being 13-5 overall, is 0-3.
Those last two figures particularly, underscore the larger point: back home, the Wolverines need to win their next two games — the first, against the Nittany Lions and the second, against Illinois on Saturday.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:10am

IOWA CITY — There weren’t many positives for the Michigan men’s basketball team following its 90-83 loss to Iowa. The play of Eli Brooks was one of them. 

The junior guard scored a career-high 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting — a noticeable improvement from the last three Big Ten games where he averaged 5 points and shot 30-percent from the field. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:08pm

Months ago, during Michigan’s media day, associate head coach Phil Martelli raved about freshman forward Franz Wagner.

“He’s just different,” Martelli said on Oct. 17. “I suggest, if you’re on the fence or there are tickets available, get your tickets. You’re gonna want to see this kid play.”

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 1:01pm

Despite a fast start and halftime lead, Michigan men’s basketball lost to Minnesota on the road this Sunday, 75-67.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson scored 19 points, but Michigan struggled to keep up with Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu, leading to a closely contested loss.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6:49pm
Senior center Jon Teske posts up against Michigan State in a 87-69 loss to the Spartans

There are few big men in the Big Ten — and possibly even the country — that can match the physically-imposing frame of Michigan’s 7-foot-1, 265-lb, senior center Jon Teske.
On more than one occasion so far this season, Teske has looked and played like a man amongst boys. While dominant performances against Appalachian State and UMass Lowell are to be expected, Teske also posted stellar statlines against the likes of Creighton, Gonzaga and Louisville. In short, Teske’s unique size has troubled some of the nation’s best teams — mainly because they lack an equivalent big man.
Thursday night though, when 9-6 Purdue travels to Crisler Center on Thursday, Teske will square off with one of the conference’s few exceptions: 7-foot-3, 250-lb Matt Haarms.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 5:18pm
Sophomore guard David DeJulius shot 3-of-9 from the field in Sunday's loss at Michigan State.

After Sunday’s loss against Michigan State, sports columnist Connor Berennan pegs the loss on Michigan’s shooting difficulties.

Citing top scorers struggling shooting performances, the Wolverines went only 5-of-23 from 3-point range in their 87-69 loss.

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 7:46pm
Michigan coach Juwan Howard will face Tom Izzo and Michigan State for the first time on Sunday.

Before the second word of the next question could be uttered, Juwan Howard politely interrupted.  Michigan’s first-year head coach had just finished extolling the work of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, but wanted to make one thing clear. 

“But I want the media to know this, too, now and everybody in Ann Arbor to know this” Howard told reporters with a slight grin.  “Just because I give these nice compliments to people, doesn’t mean I’m scared.

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:35am

Zavier Simpson drove towards the basket. With two Oregon players draped all over him, the senior point guard went to his calling card — a running hookshot high off the backboard. 

With the closing seconds of overtime ticking away and the Wolverines down by one, the once-festive crowd inside Crisler Center hung eagerly on the outcome of Simpson’s shot. 

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:45pm
Freshman wing Franz Wagner seemingly turned a corner against Iowa on Friday.

The crowd inside Crisler Center erupted, the Michigan bench jumped to its feet in excitement and Wagner strolled away smiling ear to ear. The fact that the sequence increased the Wolverines’ lead to 16 points was trivial. What the slam meant in the grand scheme of things was much more meaningful.