Men's Basketball

Spike Albrecht scored 17 points in the first half of the 2013 NCAA Championship Game.

Spike Albrecht doesn’t want to talk about himself. He doesn’t want your sympathy. He just wants to do his thing and go home.

Senior guard Spike Albrecht discusses his decision to cut his senior year short due to continued hip problems following a pair of offseason surgeries.

Albrecht’s time with the Michigan men’s basketball team — always fun to watch, often surreal, rarely straightforward — came to an end Thursday, when he informed Beilein of his decision to sit out the rest of the season as he continues to recover from a pair of offseason hip surgeries.

Senior guard Spike Albrecht played in eight games this year.

The Michigan men’s basketball team announced on Friday that senior guard Spike Albrecht has elected to end his career with the Wolverines in order to focus on recovering from surgery on both hips from this past summer.

Caris LeVert scored just five points against SMU.
Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein has repeatedly said his team is a “long way from being good,” and the Wolverines showed what he meant Tuesday.
Senior guard Spike Albrecht has played in eight games this year even as he recovers from two offseason hip surgeries.

On Nov. 30, John Beilein said he planned to shut Albrecht down. But the next day, when Derrick Walton Jr. left the game with a foot injury, Albrecht was among Beilein's first options off the bench.

Aubrey Dawkins scored 16 points in 20 minutes against Houston Baptist.

The Mustangs have charged out to a 6-0 start despite the NCAA’s September announcement that head coach Larry Brown was suspended nine games for a lack of program control, among other reasons.

Engineering sophomore Chris Baldwin poses for a portrait during the Michigan-Houston Baptist game in Crisler Center on Saturday.

Chris Baldwin, an engineering student from Saginaw, said that before Michigan’s loss to Michigan State, he was “no different than anybody else — just a good sports fan.”

Senior Caris LeVert dunks during Michigan's defeat of Houston Baptist on Saturday at Crisler Center.
Almost a year to the date after the Wolverines’ upset loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology following a huge win over Syracuse, Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein was fully aware his team could be set up for another letdown on Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Duncan Robinson celebrates Michigan's win against Houston Baptist with teammates.

Michigan outscored Houston Baptist by 23 in the game’s final 25 minutes.

Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein is a stickler for details, and when he was prepping for the Wolverines’ (5-2) upcoming contest against Houston Baptist on Saturday, one number stuck out to him: five.