Basketball

Paul Schulte, who has been paralyzed since age 10, was one of the participants who played in Sunday's game.

Xavier Simpson is the Michigan men's basketball team's heir apparent at the point guard position, but that may not stop him from contributing early.

As Michigan moves on from relying on the basketball minds of Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht, a perfectionist with great vision like Simpson will bring fresh ideas to a Wolverine backcourt looking for a change in identity.

Michigan assistant coach Billy Donlon will be tasked with revitalizing the Wolverines' defense.

Now coaching alongside the man he played against, Donlon’s respect for Beilein is evident.

The Michigan basketball teams return to the Nike uniforms with black socks and black shoes this year, the look established by the trend-setting Fab Five.

The event lasts two hours. But what comes of it could endure much longer.

(From left to right) Assistant coaches LaVall Jordan, Bacari Alexander and Jeff Meyer have been with John Beilein for the past six seasons, but any of them could take a head coaching job this offseason.

Beilein acknowledged Wednesday that at least one of his assistants has received interest from other schools for their head coaching positions.

Derrick Walton Jr. will return next season as a senior starter, an essential component of most Sweet 16 teams.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact that seniors and juniors have on college basketball.

Freshman forward Moritz Wagner makes a dunk in a game against University of Tulsa in the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Michigan won 67-62.

After shooting 3-for-3 for nine points against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament during his first substantive minutes since December, Wagner has seen the floor more often, and for good reason.

Warde Manuel made an appearance at the First Four in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday night.

Before he left for Dayton, Manuel’s first week was characterized by what he called a “listening tour,” in which he dropped in unexpectedly on some staffers and sat down in a more formal setting with others.

Junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. brings the Wolverines to a 23-23 tie in the first half of play. Michigan lost to Purdue 76-59 in game eleven of the Big Ten Tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS — A few big shots led to an emotional high that drove the Michigan men’s basketball team to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, preventing the Wolverines from experiencing a potentially bubble-bursting nightmare of a weekend.
 
Junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. dribbles during Michigan's loss to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Purdue overpowered Michigan down low, outscoring the Wolverines 44-28 in the paint and winning by 15 on the glass.