Men's Basketball

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole's 17 points weren't enough for the Michigan basketball team in its loss to Penn State.

STATE COLLEGE — The ball fell through the net and Luke Yaklich’s head slumped over his body, hands falling forward, then everything else moving with it, the assistant coach’s posture shaping into an upside-down L.

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Michigan coach John Beilein was ejected at the end of the first half, and Penn State never looked back from a 13-point halftime lead, stunning the Wolverines on Tuesday night.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole is shooting 30 percent in his last 63 attempts from beyond the arc.

Don’t tell Jordan Poole he’s in a slump. At least not to his face.

“I personally don’t like to use the word slump. It’s a media thing,” the sophomore guard said last Monday after he shot 3-for-9 in a loss to Iowa. “But there’ll just be games where you don’t hit shots. … I bounce back. That’s all there is to it.”

Redshirt sophomore Austin Davis grew up in one-stoplight Onsted before coming to play basketball for Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The village of Onsted does not have a lot.

But it does have a stoplight, and John Beilein knows all about it.

Charles Matthews scored 16 second-half points as Michigan beat Wisconsin 61-52 on Saturday.

Three weeks ago in Madison, Michigan’s undefeated season lay in the balance of a one-point game with seven minutes to play. That time, the Wolverines’ offense wilted, scoring just 10 points over the remainder of the gane and falling, 64-54, at the hands of the Badgers.

Ethan Happ was frustrated as Michigan beat Wisconsin by playing a similar style to the Badgers.

Ethan Happ grabbed the collar of his jersey, brought it to his face and clenched it with his teeth. His head slumped, his hands covered his neck as he shuffled to the end of the Wisconsin handshake line.

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With time winding and the crowd at its crescendo, it was Matthews again, bouncing a few feet in front of the free throw line and nailing another jumper, extending the lead to seven. It would prove decisive as No. 7 Michigan (22-2 overall, 11-2 Big Ten) found its way to a 61-52 win over No. 19 Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4).

Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews scored 11 points on Tuesday against Rutgers.

It’s no coincidence the Wolverines have lost in two of Matthews' three worst performances by offensive rating, nor should it surprise that their offense has generally lagged when he has struggled. The reason behind that is simple. When Michigan’s offense lags, it falls back on Matthews. In turn, Matthews falls back on contested midrange jump shots, which don’t do much for anyone.

That’s why, as the Wolverines jumped out to an early lead on as part of a 77-65 win over Rutgers on Tuesday night, their offense humming, it was Matthews greasing the skids.

Junior point guard Zavier Simpson .

Knocking down open shots was one part of the equation, but getting them in the first place was just as important. The Daily took to the tape to look at what went into the Wolverines’ best offensive performance in nearly a month.

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored the game's first points with a three.

PISCATAWAY — Despite his team’s 21-2 record and top-10 national ranking, Michigan coach John Beilein has cast a frustrated figure for much of the last month.