Basketball

he Daily sat down with Robert Johnson at Big Ten Media Day in October to discuss the transition to the new coaching staff, his outlook on the season ahead and more.

Michigan coach John Beilein and his Wolverines were the victims of a revenge game, as they traveled to Chapel Hill days after the Tar Heels' loss to Michigan State.

Like North Carolina a few days ago, Michigan got a wake-up call of its own Wednesday night. Now it’s time for a response.

Freshman guard Eli Brooks made his case for the starting job at point guard in the Maui Invitational.

After a tournament that saw ups and downs, Michigan will head home with a 2-1 record and plenty of interesting storylines to monitor:

For John Beilein and his Michigan basketball team, the Maui Invitational will prove to be an opportunity to learn a lot about this basketball team.

The time has come for Beilein to, effectively, say goodbye to the preseason, and “aloha” to quality opposition.

Michigan in a game against Central Michigan at Crisler Monday.

Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team in minutes with 36, shots with 15 and points with 17, guiding the Wolverines to a 72-65 win over Central Michigan.

Redshirt sophomore forward Charles Matthews is among a group of Michigan players waiting to prove themselves at the highest level.

Assistant coach Saddi Washington equated this year's team to a pot of gumbo. The ingredients are in the pot. Beilein is still the chef. Now let’s see if this gumbo will sizzle.

Freshman guard Eli Brooks might be part of the second unit, but his shooting stroke should land him playing time.

Where will the bench scoring come from? The Michigan coaching staff believes Brooks can be an answer to that question.

Junior guard Charles Matthews looks to pass the ball to help Michigan defeat Grand Valley 82-50 in an exhibition game on Friday.

For most players on the court, the exhibition game was nothing more than a tune-up. But for Charles Matthews it was a major hurdle in his already topsy-turvy career, a chance he has been waiting for for nearly two years.

Michigan coach John Beilein defended the integrity of college basketball amid ongoing investigations.

While coaches around the country plan calculated responses with public relations staff to fend off reporters’ inquiries, Beilein doesn’t have to sweat.

The Michigan basketball team appears to have filled two vacant assistant coaching positions this past week — and both hires are from the same school.