Men's Basketball

Senior guard Spike Albrecht discusses his decision to cut his senior year short due to continued hip problems following a pair of offseason surgeries.

Albrecht’s time with the Michigan men’s basketball team — always fun to watch, often surreal, rarely straightforward — came to an end Thursday, when he informed Beilein of his decision to sit out the rest of the season as he continues to recover from a pair of offseason hip surgeries.

Caris LeVert scored just five points against SMU.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein has repeatedly said his team is a “long way from being good,” and the Wolverines showed what he meant Tuesday.
 
Senior guard Spike Albrecht has played in eight games this year even as he recovers from two offseason hip surgeries.

On Nov. 30, John Beilein said he planned to shut Albrecht down. But the next day, when Derrick Walton Jr. left the game with a foot injury, Albrecht was among Beilein's first options off the bench.

Caris LeVert struggled Tuesday night.
Against No. 19 Southern Methodist, the Michigan men’s basketball team didn’t have its bread and butter.
 
Aubrey Dawkins scored 16 points in 20 minutes against Houston Baptist.

The Mustangs have charged out to a 6-0 start despite the NCAA’s September announcement that head coach Larry Brown was suspended nine games for a lack of program control, among other reasons.

Engineering sophomore Chris Baldwin poses for a portrait during the Michigan-Houston Baptist game in Crisler Center on Saturday.

Chris Baldwin, an engineering student from Saginaw, said that before Michigan’s loss to Michigan State, he was “no different than anybody else — just a good sports fan.”

Senior Caris LeVert dunks during Michigan's defeat of Houston Baptist on Saturday at Crisler Center.
Almost a year to the date after the Wolverines’ upset loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology following a huge win over Syracuse, Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein was fully aware his team could be set up for another letdown on Saturday.
 
Redshirt sophomore Duncan Robinson celebrates Michigan's win against Houston Baptist with teammates.

Michigan outscored Houston Baptist by 23 in the game’s final 25 minutes.

Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein is a stickler for details, and when he was prepping for the Wolverines’ (5-2) upcoming contest against Houston Baptist on Saturday, one number stuck out to him: five.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman played a season-high 25 minutes against North Carolina State and may continue to do so with Derrick Walton Jr. injured.

Abdur-Rahkman, a shooting guard, became a de facto point guard on Tuesday at North Carolina State when junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. suffered a sprained ankle midway through the first half.