After a frustrating three days following a close loss to Maryland, Michigan will face Illinois on Wednesday night.
Andrew Dakich was pranked by coach John Beilein on Tuesday night before learning that he was being awarded a second-semester scholarship.
While the Big Ten season is still young, the quest for a conference title is shaping up to be more contested than originally thought.
The matchup with the Nittany Lions provides the Wolverines with an opportunity to earn their first conference win after falling short in Iowa City.
The Wolverines entered the halftime break with a 27-point lead and scored 49 more in the second to beat Maryland Eastern Shore, 98-49.
The visiting Bears have managed just one win in nine games heading into Wednesday’s matchup.
Michigan knew it would have its hands full entering the matchup against the second-ranked Bruins.
John Beilein left Wagner for the final sequence, and the sophomore forward rewarded him with some big plays.
Zak Irvin’s attempted go-ahead basket was just a microcosm of an issue that has been plaguing the Wolverines through their last three games: They seem to be flirting with the idea that they will live or die by the jumper.
Zak Irvin is the engine that drives the Michigan basketball team.