Men's Basketball

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.

Moritz Wagner scored eight points against N.C. State.

A year ago, Duncan Robinson sat on the bench in street clothes as Michigan hosted Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Moritz Wagner was in Berlin, Germany, playing his games for Alba Berlin, a semi-professional team. Fast forward a year to the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, N.C., and Robinson and Wagner showed why they’re two of the most important pieces for the Michigan men’s basketball team this season.

Senior guard Caris LeVert goes up for a basket during Michigan's 66-59 win over North Carolina State at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Michigan men’s basketball team was finally starting to roll in its Big Ten/ACC Challenge showdown against North Carolina State, but on the Wolverines’ bench, Derrick Walton Jr.’s face was buried in a towel.

Senior guard Caris LeVert dunks the ball during Michigan's win over North Carolina State.

What started as a game solely dominated by North Carolina State quickly descended into a back-and-forth contest.