Men's Basketball

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.

Charles Matthews helped craft Michigan's defensive identity last season.

There are varying answers for when that identity took hold. The correct one doesn’t particularly matter. It’s here now. It’s been here since the beginning of the season, and the Wolverines have lost five games. They play in the Big Ten Tournament final tomorrow. This is normal now. It has been normal for a long time.

Freshman center Colin Castleton savors the chance to keep winning in the Big Ten Tournament.

On Friday, the Wolverines beat Iowa, 74-53. On Saturday, they beat the Golden Gophers, 76-49. In both, the starters came out with a few minutes remaining, leaving the bench to ice the victory.

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 points against Minnesota on Saturday.

CHICAGO — On the road in the Big Ten, Ignas Brazdeikis has already become a villain.