Men's Basketball

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IOWA CITY — Zavier Simpson crossed midcourt and whipped a pass from the top of the key to the corner, as he’s done countless times before.

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So that leads to one big question heading into Friday’s match against the Hawkeyes: are the Wolverines happy with letting Garza drop 40-plus points on Michigan with relative ease, or is it time to lock down the post and one of the nation’s most prolific scorers?

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Months ago, during Michigan’s media day, associate head coach Phil Martelli raved about freshman forward Franz Wagner.

Sophomore forward Colin Castleton is averaging just two points per game in the last six games.

As a unit, Michigan’s frontcourt hasn’t developed on the defensive end. Opposing Big Ten post players are averaging a staggering 29.8 points on 55 percent shooting against the Wolverines.

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I’ll preface this by saying: I hate writing about recruiting. I hate the speculatory, veiled insinuations. I hate the underlying transactional tomfoolery that is so abundant it’s best left unsaid. Grown adults begging (and paying) teenagers to come play for them.

Senior center Jon Teske struggled to contain Minnesota's Daniel Oturu in Sunday's loss.

MINNEAPOLIS — A Big Ten center had a huge game against the Michigan men’s basketball team. Again.

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Despite a fast start and halftime lead, Michigan men’s basketball lost to Minnesota on the road this Sunday, 75-67.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson scored 19 points, but Michigan struggled to keep up with Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu, leading to a closely contested loss.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson took a career-high 18 shots against Purdue on Thursday.

Simpson took over the game in the second half, pouring in 18 second-half points on 7-of-11 shooting to propel the Wolverines past the Boilermakers, 84-78, in double overtime.

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In a back-and-forth slugfest characterized by sloppy basketball, a tense second half and two thrilling overtime periods, the Michigan men’s basketball team clung onto the narrowest of leads to steal away a win from Purdue in double overtime, 84-78.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson's play has a strong bearing on Michigan's success this season.

With junior forward Isaiah Livers and his 13.6 points per game now sidelined indefinitely, the Wolverines are at a crossroads. senior guard Zavier Simpson will always be at the offense’s helm, but the team’s best output comes when he’s orchestrating the scoring, not creating it. While he may be the team’s third-leading scorer, making up for Livers’ lost production needs to fall on Brooks, freshman wing Franz Wagner and sophomore guard David DeJulius.