Men's Basketball

Junior guard Zak Irvin in Michigan's defeat of Penn State in the Crisler Center Saturday.

Michigan’s explosive first half — in which the Wolverines shot 66 percent from the floor and made 10 of 15 3-point attempts — caught Penn State completely off guard.

Junior guard Zak Irvin in a game against Penn State. Michigan won 79-56.

Michigan overcame a slow start and made up for the absence of senior guard Caris LeVert.

John Beilein's team will look for its sixth straight win Saturday against Penn State at Crisler Center.

Mark Donnal started the first three games of the season and quickly lost his spot to Ricky Doyle, but responded with 26 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday.

Junior forward Mark Donnal in a game against University of Illinois at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois on Wednesday. Michigan won 78-68.
CHAMPAIGN — First it was a successful tip-in after his teammate missed a 3-pointer.
 
Senior guard Caris LeVert in a game against University of Illinois at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois on Wednesday. Michigan won 78-68.

Senior guard Caris LeVert, junior forward Zak Irvin, sophomore guard Aubrey Dawkins and Robinson all connected for 3-pointers within a four-minute span midway through the second half

Illinois coach John Groce has plenty of homegrown talent on his roster.
Last season, the Michigan men’s basketball team faced Illinois three times, with two games needing overtime. The Wolverines came out victorious twice, including once in the Big Ten Tournament, and the matchup may tilt even more in their favor this season.
 
Junior forward Zak Irvin dunks during Michigan's 96-60 victory over Bryant University on December 23.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein often hangs his hat on his team’s defense.
 
Still recovering from back surgery, Zak Irvin played one of his best games of the season Wednesday.

In Michigan’s final non-conference game, Irvin’s practice seemed to pay off and he seemed to forget his troubles.

Junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. plays against Youngstown Sate in the Crisler Center Saturday. Michigan won 105 - 46.

Having no trouble finding open shooters, Walton spearheaded a Wolverine offense that pushed the tempo early and completely picked apart the Penguins’ 2-3 zone defense.

Junior guard Zak Irvin in Michigan's game against Youngstown Saturday.

Derrick Walton Jr. finished the game with a triple-double, scoring 10 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.