Men's Basketball

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

The Wolverines went 1-1 this week, so what do we make of them now? Plus, we break down the Big Ten standings and what expectations are for the rest of the season. That and Mike makes the case for Purdue basketball to win the Big Ten Tournament.

Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers was impressed with the Michigan men's basketball team's transition offense against Maryland on Saturday.

The Wolverines' struggling transition attack showed signs of a breakthrough, with 14 fast-break points against Maryland.

Freshman David DeJulius was the first point guard off the bench on Saturday.

David DeJulius took the court at Crisler with his first real opportunity all season.

Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers found defensive success playing alongside Jon Teske in Michigan's win over Maryland on Sunday.

In many games, that would have been where it unraveled — especially when Johns, Teske’s replacement, instantly picked up two fouls on the same possession. But Beilein took the risk and put Teske back in along with Livers.

After that, Fernando had six points, Smith had two and Michigan had a 65-52 win.

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On Saturday afternoon though, it took nearly three minutes for the Terrapins to score. Before they could do so for a second time, Michigan’s lead had ballooned to 14-2. Maryland (19-7 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) eventually reversed course, but — much like for the Wolverines on Tuesday — it was too late, as Michigan (23-3, 12-3) held on to win, 65-62.

Michigan coach John Beilein credited Penn State as better than its 9-15 record after the Nittany Lions beat Michigan on Tuesday.

The Wolverines aren’t flying above the conference’s pressure cooker anymore — they’ve been dragged back in, and their mentality must be adjusted accordingly.

With a 24-point showing on Tuesday, Charles Matthews was a bright spot for Michigan in an otherwise disappointing outing against Penn State.

Because as well as he has played, his team has reached its collective worst in a season that has included far more highs than lows. And for Matthews — likely in his last season at Michigan — to reach the heights he imagined when he transferred here, his teammates need to rediscover those highs.

“Time is running short,” Matthews said. “It ain't no more, ‘We'll fix it later.’ Time is now.”

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole's 17 points weren't enough for the Michigan basketball team in its loss to Penn State.

STATE COLLEGE — The ball fell through the net and Luke Yaklich’s head slumped over his body, hands falling forward, then everything else moving with it, the assistant coach’s posture shaping into an upside-down L.

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Michigan coach John Beilein was ejected at the end of the first half, and Penn State never looked back from a 13-point halftime lead, stunning the Wolverines on Tuesday night.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole is shooting 30 percent in his last 63 attempts from beyond the arc.

Don’t tell Jordan Poole he’s in a slump. At least not to his face.

“I personally don’t like to use the word slump. It’s a media thing,” the sophomore guard said last Monday after he shot 3-for-9 in a loss to Iowa. “But there’ll just be games where you don’t hit shots. … I bounce back. That’s all there is to it.”