Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:54pm
Redshirt junior Charles Matthews will be key if Michigan is to make another deep tournament run

If everything had gone as planned, Matthews would be in the NBA right now. His expectation was to follow in the footsteps of John Wall, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.

He didn’t.

More than five years after he committed to Kentucky with intentions of becoming the next great one-and-done lighting college basketball on fire, Matthews is the captain of a Michigan basketball team with national championship aspirations, finally ready for one last go-around.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:42pm
The Michigan men's basketball team will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night against Montana.

The Daily men’s basketball beat writers offer their predictions of Michigan’s postseason fate:

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 5:46pm

CHICAGO — Cassius Winston accelerated into the lane and laid in Michigan State’s 47th and 48th points of the day. After being down by 13 points just 10 minutes ago, the Spartans had come back to tie the game with 7:15 to play.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:49pm
Xavier Tillman said he was "personally excited" to play for a Big Ten title.

CHICAGO — Kenny Goins sits back in his chair in the corner of the Michigan State locker room, fresh off his team’s methodical win over Wisconsin. The victory clinched the Spartans’ passage to the Big Ten Tournament final Sunday, and already, the focus has shifted to that game.

Except their opponent has yet to be determined.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 6:28pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 points against Minnesota on Saturday.

CHICAGO — On the road in the Big Ten, Ignas Brazdeikis has already become a villain.

Take what happened in College Park two weeks ago. Maryland fans taunted his appearance, quite vocally so. The freshman forward responded with 21 points in a 69-62 Michigan win, then blew kisses into the crowd.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:18am
Sophomore guard Eli Brooks got his confidence back by playing on the scout team at practice.

So the Michigan men’s basketball team faced a question: How could it get Eli Brooks back?

Why not make him someone else?

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:01pm
Michigan coach John Beilein will attempt to fix the Wolverines' recent mistakes as they head to the post-season.

Michigan could not stop Cassius Winston. Again.

Michigan State stymied the Wolverines’ ball-screen game. Again.

Michigan blew a second-half lead. Again.

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 6:02pm
Michigan coach John Beilein's teams have traditionally peaked in March.

On Nov. 14, Michigan went to Villanova and hammered the defending national champions by 27. Ironically — or predictably, depending on how familiar you are with John Beilein — the Wolverines’ coach was the one pumping the brakes.

“This is a November win. That’s all it is,” Beilein said. “ … It won’t mean anything later in the year.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:54pm
Jon Teske scored in double digits against Nebraska.

Michigan scored its most points since Dec. 8. It shot 56 percent from the field and 55 percent from three. It recorded 19 assists on its 30 made baskets. Brazdeikis, Livers, junior center Jon Teske and freshman forward Colin Castleton all scored in double-figures.

It was the Wolverines’ most dominant performance in weeks, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:42pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole has shot just 32 percent from 3-point range in February.

Poole has all the tools to be a go-to scorer for one of the nation’s elite teams. The Wolverines don’t have another player willing to take — and often hit — the same shots Poole puts up. On the flip side, though, his playing style and role as a tough-shot maker inherently limit his consistency.