Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 4:04pm
Moritz Wagner and Michigan couldn't hang onto a 20-point lead over Ohio State in a 71-62 loss on Dec. 4.

Few batted an eyelash when Michigan grabbed a 43-23 lead over Ohio State in Columbus during their early-season coference matchup.

The Buckeyes were a rebuilding squad, led by a first-year coach. The Wolverines appeared primed to grab a 2-0 start in the early conference window, asserting themselves as an elite team in the Big Ten.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 9:14pm
Fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson seems to breaking out of his 3-month slumber.

Robinson followed an offensive outburst on Sunday against Wisconsin with another electric shooting display Wednesday, helping lift Michigan past Iowa, 74-59.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:36pm
Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey has had to deal with a young and relatively inexperienced team this season.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stepped to the podium at Big Ten media day and proclaimed this was “the deepest team we've ever had.” 

Perhaps he meant it at the time, but the results have hardly bore that out.

The Hawkeyes come to Crisler Center Wednesday at just 12-15 overall and 3-11 in Big Ten play, good for 11th in the conference — with no major role to play for the rest of the year but spoiler. This season will mark the first time since 2010-11 that Iowa has won fewer than eight conference games.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 5:59pm
Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich joined the Wolverines this season after three seasons with Illinois State.

Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich has given the Wolverines' defense a new identity.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:29pm
Redshirt sophomore forward Charles Matthews could be a solution to helping revive the Michigan offense.

The two weeks before the Purdue game and the two weeks since have featured offensive struggles the likes of which Michigan has rarely experienced under Beilein.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:25pm
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's 2018 recruiting class is ranked 21st nationally and has no five-star prospects.

After National Signing Day, Michigan's recruiting class ranks 21st nationally.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 4:58pm
Michigan defeated Minnesota 73-70 in overtime at the Crisler Center on Saturday,

Once again, the Wolverines pulled a rabbit out of their hat in a game they tried desperately to lose, topping Minnesota, 76-73, in a bewildering back and forth slugfest.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:46pm
Freshman wing Jordan Poole leaves the team with 0.58 points per minute.

Jordan Poole is comfortable in his role.

He calls himself — and insists others in the locker room also call him — “The Microwave.” As such, Poole serves as an offensive sparkplug off the bench. When the offense needs creativity, assertion or sure shooting, Poole can provide just that. It’s a role that suits his game as much as his gregarious personality.

“People go to me for the ‘hype guy,’ ” Poole said. “Me personally, I feel like if I hit one, I’m hot.”

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:08pm
Northwestern coach Chris Collins believes making the NCAA Tournament should be the expectation for his team.

The history of Northwestern basketball operates in two realms: Before the 2016-17 season and after.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 9:46pm
Moritz Wagner cannot go up against Isaac Haas in a game against Purdue in Mackey Arena Thursday.

WEST LAFAYETTE  The pregame theatrics at Mackey Arena are quite a sight.

Blinking lights scatter the arena, the ritual chants splatter expletives at in-state rival Indiana. Students line the seats to the rafters, swaying back and forth in preparation. Right before the lineup announcements and tip-off — just seconds before the lights dim and the show begins — a video starts on the jumbotron. There’s one sentence before the crowd renders it nearly inaudible. 

“America, meet Purdue.”