Men's Basketball

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After an opening 17 minutes that saw the Wolverines play their worst basketball of the season, falling to an eight-point deficit against Western Michigan, junior wing Charles Matthews threw down a putback dunk off a missed layup from junior point guard Zavier Simpson in transition. That started a 10-0 run heading into the half that proved decisive as No. 5 Michigan (11-0) beat the Broncos (5-5), 70-62.

Freshman forward Brandon Johns is trying to break into Michigan's rotation.

Ten minutes into a Friday press conference, faced with a slew of questions about the same thing, Michigan coach John Beilein stopped and offered up a comment on the presser itself.

“There must not be a lot of news right now,” Beilein said.

Junior center Jon Teske scored 15 points in 29 minutes against South Carolina.

Michigan might be better off with Teske starting instead of Wagner. The junior hasn’t just affected shots at the rim, but all over the court. He has turned into an example that strength coach Jon Sanderson will hold up for every big-man recruit that walks through the Wolverines’ door for his strength and athleticism improvements.

Michigan coach John Beilein helped his former player, Mike Gansey, get back on his feet.

John Beilein helped Mike Gansey get back on his feet and eventually that led to Gansey winning an NBA Championship as the Cavaliers' assistant GM.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole hit 8-of-12 field goal attempts en route to a career-high 26 points on Saturday.

Last February, Crisler Center filled with bathing suits and pool noodles — a strange sight on a snowy mid-winter afternoon in Ann Arbor.

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Michigan couldn’t stop turning the ball over. South Carolina couldn’t stop fouling.

John Beilein served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World University Games in 2013.

In 41 years, John Beilein has never been an assistant coach. That’s often the first fact you learn when you turn on a Michigan basketball game.

It’s also not true.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole finished Wednesday’s game with 5-for-8 shooting against the Tar Heels.

Jordan Poole once said he never missed three times in a row.

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis managed to score in key moments during Michigan's 62-60 win over the Wildcats.

When Michigan's offense stalled out, Ignas Brazdeikis came to the rescue

Ignas Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole combined for 38 points on Tuesday night.

A minute into his press conference, trying to sum up a game in which his team played above its level yet still came up short, Northwestern coach Chris Collins offered the kind of statement you couldn’t have imagined anyone saying about Michigan a month ago.