Basketball

Jae'Sean Tate and Caris LeVert outdating their collegiate rivalry.

The Daily sat down with Tate at Big Ten Media Day in October to discuss former high school teammate and current rival Caris LeVert, the unknown potential for a young Ohio State team and Tate’s expected contribution as a team leader.

Senior guard Caris LeVert returned from injury to play against Purdue at the Crisler Center on Saturday. Michigan won 61-56.

Though LeVert missed his only shot attempt and played just 11 minutes, he was able to grab five boards.

John Beilein's team is in the NCAA Tournament field for now, but needs more wins to lock up a bid.

As a projected No. 9 seed in ESPN.com’s Bracketology, the Wolverines aren’t on the bubble, per se, but it’s difficult to label them as safe.

Michigan and Michigan State will meet only one time in the 2015-16 season.

The Daily sat down with Michigan State forward Matt Costello at Big Ten Media Day in October to chat about the in-state rivalry, Crisler Center’s environment and the picture of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh wearing an Izzone t-shirt.

Derrick Walton Jr. is Michigan's only scholarship player from the state of Michigan.

In-state status may be fueling Michigan State on Saturday, but it certainly won’t be Michigan's main source of energy.

With Caris LeVert still sidelined with a lower left leg injury, the Michigan men’s basketball team searched hard for a winning combination against No. 16 Iowa on Sunday.

Junior guard Zak Irvin in a game against Penn State. Michigan won 79-56.

Michigan overcame a slow start and made up for the absence of senior guard Caris LeVert.

John Beilein's team will look for its sixth straight win Saturday against Penn State at Crisler Center.

Mark Donnal started the first three games of the season and quickly lost his spot to Ricky Doyle, but responded with 26 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday.

Illinois coach John Groce has plenty of homegrown talent on his roster.
Last season, the Michigan men’s basketball team faced Illinois three times, with two games needing overtime. The Wolverines came out victorious twice, including once in the Big Ten Tournament, and the matchup may tilt even more in their favor this season.
 
Still recovering from back surgery, Zak Irvin played one of his best games of the season Wednesday.

In Michigan’s final non-conference game, Irvin’s practice seemed to pay off and he seemed to forget his troubles.