Basketball

Junior forward Moritz Wagner scored 20 points and corralled 13 rebounds in Michigan's win on Friday.

Moritz Wagner avenged his first game against Nebraska with Friday's performance.

Michigan in a game against Iowa at Madison Square Garden Thursday.

NEW YORK CITY, NY. — There was nothing normal about it.

Not all three captains notching two fouls early in the first half.

Not senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and junior center Moritz Wagner both fouling out.

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“I called Muhammad over and said, ‘You’re doing a D-Walt impersonation at just the right time.’ ”

Freshman guard Jordan Poole provided a spark off the bench once again, finishing with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Once again, Michigan showed signs of peaking as the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament approach.

Michigan coach John Beilein has had success in March in the past, and this year's team seemes geared to do the same.

Michigan is starting to click in March like many of John Beilein's past teams.

Austin Hatch was announced with the starting lineup before Sunday's game.

Austin Hatch and John Beilein have a rare player-coach relationship that reaches far beyond the bounds of basketball.

Moritz Wagner and Michigan couldn't hang onto a 20-point lead over Ohio State in a 71-62 loss on Dec. 4.

Few batted an eyelash when Michigan grabbed a 43-23 lead over Ohio State in Columbus during their early-season coference matchup.

Fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson seems to breaking out of his 3-month slumber.

Robinson followed an offensive outburst on Sunday against Wisconsin with another electric shooting display Wednesday, helping lift Michigan past Iowa, 74-59.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey has had to deal with a young and relatively inexperienced team this season.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stepped to the podium at Big Ten media day and proclaimed this was “the deepest team we've ever had.” 

Perhaps he meant it at the time, but the results have hardly bore that out.

Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich joined the Wolverines this season after three seasons with Illinois State.

Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich has given the Wolverines' defense a new identity.