Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:59pm
Michigan State outscored Michigan, 25-9, from 15:42 to 0:50 in the second half.

Give the Spartans credit. Their defense was great. We just didn’t hit shots. We’ll bounce back. We’ll learn from this one.

This is what a rivalry game looks like on the losing side. The rivalry gets stripped away. If there’s any extra pain here, it’s not on display.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:20pm
Forward Colin Castleton forced a travel and grabbed a rebound in Thursday's outing at Minnesota.

Here was the sophomore guard, after having scored a game-high 22 points and five 3-pointers, refusing the honor usually reserved for a performance of that caliber. There was someone who he felt deserved it more.

“All y’all gotta ask him a question,” Poole said, gesturing at Colin Castleton. “I’m not answering nobody's questions ‘til you ask him.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:58pm
Michigan in a game against Minnesota at the Williams Arena Thursday. Michigan won 69-60.

Opened in 1928, Williams is college basketball’s sixth-oldest arena and one of its most unique. When stacked up to modern venues and their amenities, it doesn’t seem all that sexy, but it’s steeped in history and proudly displays all of its 91 years. It is what it’s always been.

On Thursday night, Michigan went to Minneapolis and beat the host Golden Gophers, 69-60, moving to 13-3 in Big Ten play and 24-3 overall. The Wolverines, too, were who they’ve always been.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 6:49pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers was impressed with the Michigan men's basketball team's transition offense against Maryland on Saturday.

The Wolverines' struggling transition attack showed signs of a breakthrough, with 14 fast-break points against Maryland.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:07pm
Michigan coach John Beilein credited Penn State as better than its 9-15 record after the Nittany Lions beat Michigan on Tuesday.

The Wolverines aren’t flying above the conference’s pressure cooker anymore — they’ve been dragged back in, and their mentality must be adjusted accordingly.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:25pm

Michigan coach John Beilein was ejected at the end of the first half, and Penn State never looked back from a 13-point halftime lead, stunning the Wolverines on Tuesday night.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 3:03pm
Ethan Happ was frustrated as Michigan beat Wisconsin by playing a similar style to the Badgers.

Ethan Happ grabbed the collar of his jersey, brought it to his face and clenched it with his teeth. His head slumped, his hands covered his neck as he shuffled to the end of the Wisconsin handshake line.

John Beilein approached Happ, and the two embraced as good sportspeople do. But while Happ’s frustration was obvious, for the Michigan men’s basketball coach, it was an embrace of relief.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:19pm
Junior point guard Zavier Simpson .

Knocking down open shots was one part of the equation, but getting them in the first place was just as important. The Daily took to the tape to look at what went into the Wolverines’ best offensive performance in nearly a month.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 8:37pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole spearheaded Michigan's stagnant offense Friday, scoring 16 points.

You’d be hard-pressed to script a more apt ending for the Michigan men’s basketball team’s 74-59 loss to Iowa on Friday night. The Wolverines went 9-for-28 for the field in the first half and were barely better in the second, shooting 32.3 percent and scoring 0.81 points per possession against the Big Ten’s worst defense in adjusted efficiency.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 11:45pm
Junior guard Zavier Simpson notched a triple-double in Michigan's 65-49 win over Ohio State.

Trash talking in basketball comes with a set of unwritten, but impossible-to-forget rules. Among the most important of these dictums: It doesn’t leave the court.

In the second half of Michigan’s 65-49 win over the Buckeyes on Tuesday, Zavier Simpson fell to the court after being on the business end of a hard screen from Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson. As soon as the play was over, Simpson popped up, yelling and pointing at the Buckeye center.