Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 3:50pm
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein is preparing for another aggressive defense in Rutgers on Sunday.

Michigan could finish with a lackluster total this Sunday. Rutgers possesses a stronger threat than its record indicates.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 6:32pm
Michigan in a game against Maryland at Crisler Monday.

Free throws can be an anticlimactic way of hitting a milestone.

But for Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, a trip to the charity stripe for career-points No. 999 and 1,000 came with all the drama he could ask for. Down a point in the waning moments, the senior guard toed the line with the game on his shoulders.

The moment wasn’t too big. Abdur-Rahkman knocked down both, giving the 23rd-ranked Wolverines (5-2 Big Ten, 16-4 overall) a 68-67 win over Maryland (3-4, 14-6) at Crisler Center on Monday night.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 8:26pm
Junior forward Moritz Wagner has been a key part of his team's improved rebounding.

Even while riding a six-game winning streak, John Beilein began his press conference with a sentiment of trepidation.

“If one team is gonna beat us (with offensive rebounding), it’s this team,” the Michigan men’s basketball coach said last Friday before the Wolverines’ matchup against Illinois. “They’re really strong, and that’s part of their offense.”

That fear was justifiable — the Fighting Illini frontcourt is built on size and an eagerness to crash the boards, averaging a conference-high 12.1 offensive rebounds per game.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:57pm
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Like a sturdy Redwood tree, Isaac Haas planted his 7-foot-2, 290-pound frame just outside the block.

With four seconds left and the score tied at 69, Purdue's center looked to make his patented move: Bully himself deep into the lane, spin and score.

He wouldn’t get that chance, however.

On the backside of Haas, the eyes of junior center Moritz Wagner lit up as a sideline pass came towards the duo. Wagner extended his arm around Haas and got a piece of the ball.

Then a whistle blew.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:33pm
Junior forward Moritz Wagner is still trying to get to 100 percent after suffering a foot injury against Texas.

Recently, Michigan has looked like more of a complete package. Now, against Purdue, it’s time for the Wolverines to prove that against the country’s best.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 7:22pm
Freshman forward Isaiah Livers showed his improvement on offense and his defensive ability in Tuesday's win over Iowa.

If Livers can continue to play like he did on Tuesday, the freshman could be the forward Beilein has been searching for.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 8:50pm

Throughout the season, the point guard position has been a source of limited production for the Michigan men’s basketball team.

In their previous game, freshman Eli Brooks and sophomore Zavier Simpson combined for just two points on three shot attempts facing a far inferior Jacksonville team.

But on Tuesday night, Simpson played the best game of his college career, tallying 15 points and 7 assists to lead the Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten, 13-3 overall) to a 75-68 win over Iowa (0-3, 9-7) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Monday, January 1, 2018 - 7:09pm
Michigan coach John Beilein and the Wolverines prepare for Iowa after a lackluster last performance.

Despite Iowa’s struggles to-date, Michigan will need a better showing with far fewer turnovers on Tuesday to beat the Hawkeyes.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7:11pm
Junior forward Moritz Wagner will set out his second straight game on Thursday when Michigan takes on Alabama A&M

Saturday, the Wolverines dominated Detroit Mercy. Thursday, Michigan looks primed for a similar result, when Alabama A&M labors into Crisler Center.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 3:19pm
Zavier Simpson in a game against Detroit Mercy at Little Caesars Arena Saturday.

The sophomore point guard continued his recent hot streak, shooting and passing the ball well against Detroit Mercy.