Basketball

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COLLEGE PARK, MD. — The Wolverines couldn't have asked for a better way to end the year.

Freshman guard Zeb Jackson cheers on his teammates from the bench

But Howard has all the ingredients — plenty of players, rather — to make those combinations, and the coach of the Michigan men’s basketball team wants to use the non-conference portion of the season to give each player a chance to show what they can do.

Hunter Dickinson provided a much needed offensive weapon for Michigan.

Forward Terrance Williams and center Hunter Dickinson after entering the game in the second half made their presence felt almost instantly

Isaiah Livers isolates against Wisconsin forward Nate Reuvers.

Livers was raw — Allison referred to him as a “chunky little thing” — and baseball was still his preferred sport. Nevertheless, Allison knew right away what Livers could become on a basketball court.

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The unthinkable has happened. 

Thursday, when the NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be cancelled due to COVID-19, the college basketball world responded with shock, frustration, anger and just about everything in between. 

Junior forward Isaiah Livers scored 14 points and made 2-of-5 3-pointers in Saturday’s 77-68 win over Michigan State.

Turning points are often arbitrary. They are judged retroactively, frequently in an attempt to ascribe meaning to results rather than default to the randomness of sports.

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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.

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It’s fairly clear what to expect from a game in which one side is slated to play perhaps its easiest opponent of the season while the other side plays its toughest.

That was the case heading into Saturday afternoon at Crisler Center, as the No. 14 Michigan men’s basketball team (9-3) prepared to face Presbyterian (2-10). Things turned out just as expected, as the Wolverines claimed a 86-44 victory.

Presented by The Michigan Daily’s sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

It’s all basketball this week on Highway to Hail, as senior sports editor Ben Katz sits down with the men’s and women’s basketball beats to discuss the teams’ respective seasons, where they both currently stand and what to expect from both programs over winter break.

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By tipoff, DeJulius settles in on the bench with nine other Wolverines –– eagerly waiting for his number to be called. And, while he’s not a starter for the Michigan men’s basketball team, so far this season, he hasn’t had to wait too long.