Men's Basketball

The Michigan basketball team was unable to stay close against Michigan State on Sunday with Isaiah Livers (not pictured) missing the game with a groin injury.

On Sunday against Michigan State, all of Michigan’s warts were magnified without Isaiah Livers. From its lack of experience in intense road games to its mid-20 rankings in both adjusted defensive and adjusted offensive efficiency, the Wolverines still have a long way to go to meet the expectations they set for themselves in November.

Sophomore guard David DeJulius shot 3-of-9 from the field in Sunday's loss at Michigan State.

After Sunday’s loss against Michigan State, sports columnist Connor Berennan pegs the loss on Michigan’s shooting difficulties.

Citing top scorers struggling shooting performances, the Wolverines went only 5-of-23 from 3-point range in their 87-69 loss.

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No. 12 Michigan fell to in-state archrival No. 14 Michigan State, 87-69, at the Breslin Center on Sunday. The offense struggled to put the ball in the basket and the defense could not contain the Spartans’ top scoring threats.

Michigan coach Juwan Howard will face Tom Izzo and Michigan State for the first time on Sunday.

Before the second word of the next question could be uttered, Juwan Howard politely interrupted.  Michigan’s first-year head coach had just finished extolling the work of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, but wanted to make one thing clear. 

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When the player you’ve tasked with guarding the 7-foot-1 center Jon Teske is a 195-pound freshman who’s half a foot shorter than him, you’re in trouble.

Brandon Wade joined the Michigan basketball team as a preferred walk-on transfer.

A week ago, thousands of students received an email from the University of Michigan. Thousands achieved their dream, their years of hard work finally paid off.

One of them was Brandon Wade.

Junior forward Isaiah Livers is out indefinitely with a groin injury.

With its Big Ten schedule set to resume next weekend, it appears the Michigan men’s basketball may be without its leading scorer for a significant stretch.

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It’s fairly clear what to expect from a game in which one side is slated to play perhaps its easiest opponent of the season while the other side plays its toughest.

That was the case heading into Saturday afternoon at Crisler Center, as the No. 14 Michigan men’s basketball team (9-3) prepared to face Presbyterian (2-10). Things turned out just as expected, as the Wolverines claimed a 86-44 victory.

Sophomore forward Brandon Johns Jr. has shown notable improvement under Juwan Howard.

The performance came just a week after Johns posted a career-best 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting against Iowa. In his case, opportunity has brought results. In games when he plays more than 18 minutes, Johns is averaging 10 points and 8.5 rebounds. He’ll miss Saturday’s game against Presbyterian with an illness, Howard told reporters on Friday, but figures to be an important piece once Big Ten play picks up.

The Daily broke down the film to shed light on Johns’ impact:

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For Franz Wagner, Saturday was a microcosm of a season at large.