Men's Basketball

The Michigan men's basketball team will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night against Montana.

The Daily men’s basketball beat writers offer their predictions of Michigan’s postseason fate:

Michigan coach John Beilein is using Sunday's loss to Michigan State as a motivator heading into the NCAA Tournament.

The title game made clear that those issues aren’t totally resolved. But there were some improvements, tweaks that came out against lesser competition. And perhaps the road to another March run is taking those tweaks a step further — something the Wolverines have no shortage of motivation to do.

Senior Guard Charles Matthews could be the leader the Wolverines need going forward.

Well, it happened again.

For the third time in the last month or so, the Michigan men’s basketball team took on Michigan State, and for the third time, the Wolverines started strong, got out to a lead and fell apart at the end.

Michigan coach John Beilein emphasized good shot selection after the Wolverines' loss to Michigan State.

For the third time in three weeks, the Wolverines lost a high-stakes battle with their in-state rivals.

Senior Matt McQuaid scored 27 points including a crucial 3-pointer to lead the Spartans to victory.

CHICAGO — Isaiah Livers sat barefoot in front of his locker.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole finished 2-for-9 from three in Michigan's loss to Michigan State on Sunday.

One shot doesn’t lose a game. Neither does one player. That was the refrain echoed in Michigan’s locker room afterwards, and it’s true. But Poole did himself no favors, taking nine threes and making just two of them as Beilein stewed on the bench.

The Michigan men's basketball team will take on Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Michigan will have a rematch of last season's first-round matchup, as it will face Montana on Thursday.

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CHICAGO — Cassius Winston accelerated into the lane and laid in Michigan State’s 47th and 48th points of the day. After being down by 13 points just 10 minutes ago, the Spartans had come back to tie the game with 7:15 to play.

Assistant coach Saddi Washington had the scout against Michigan State.

When I walked over, all lowered their laptops in unison. This is not a public operation. Washington and assistant coach Luke Yaklich will take me through their scouting process, but neither dares to divulge a single detail about Michigan State.

Xavier Tillman said he was "personally excited" to play for a Big Ten title.

CHICAGO — Kenny Goins sits back in his chair in the corner of the Michigan State locker room, fresh off his team’s methodical win over Wisconsin.