Men's Basketball

Isaiah Livers' return has energized a stagnant Michigan offense in the two games since his return.

The sequence was just one of a slew of fast break opportunities enjoyed by the Wolverines during Wednesday’s 79-54 rout of the Wildcats. Whether it was a rim-rattling dunk by junior forward Isaiah Livers or a wide-open 3-pointer from junior guard Eli Brooks, Michigan carved up Northwestern’s transition defense. By the end of the night, the Wolverines had scored 17 fastbreak points — their highest tally since playing Iowa State in late November.

Senior center Austin Davis scored nine points in Wednesday night's win.

In the midst of a breakout senior season, center Austin Davis’ dunk injected a jolt of life into a half-empty Welsh-Ryan Arena when the Wolverines needed it most. The dunk ignited an 8-0 spurt for the Wolverines — one that eventually became a 27-5 run, propelling Michigan to a 79-54 victory.

Junior forward Isaiah Livers combined with Eli Brooks for 35 points against Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Forward Isaiah Livers and shooting guard Eli Brooks combined for 35 points, 10 rebounds and a fair number of electrifying shots, helping Michigan to a 79-54 win.

Michigan topped Northwestern, 79-54, on Wednesday night.

And after a rough start, the Wolverines (15-9 overall, 6-7 Big Ten) thoroughly dismantled the Wildcats (6-17, 1-12) to the tune of 79-54.
Michigan started the game badly, going 0-for-11 from the floor with seven of those shots registering as either layups or dunks. Most of the offensive stagnancy fell directly on the shoulders of senior center Jon Teske who struggled around the rim, missing easy looks against a drastically undersized Northwestern team.

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After the Michigan men’s basketball team upset No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday, 77-68, a photograph started to pop up all over social media.

Junior guard Eli Brooks shut down Cassius Winston on the perimeter.

But, as much as Howard commended Brooks for his offensive production that night, he made even more of a point of lauding Brooks’ defense. Howard’s endorsement that night in Iowa City has rung true in the 22 days since, but was no more evident than when Michigan faced the Spartans on Saturday at Crisler Center.

Senior point guard Zavier Simpson was 4-7 from behind the arc in a win vs. Michigan State on Saturday.

As Zavier Simpson sat quietly watching film, one pervading thought kept tugging away at his psyche.

Isaiah Livers returned to action on Saturday in Michigan's win over Michigan State.

Livers played 18 minutes in the first half and 31 in total, second to only Wagner. Over the past few weeks, it was clear Howard and his staff weren’t going to rush Livers back too soon, regardless of which direction the Wolverines were trending. But, when he was ready to go, they weren’t going to hold him back at all either.

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For better or worse, Juwan Howard had a feeling Saturday would dictate the direction of the Wolverines’ season.

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After an 87-69 loss in January, the Michigan men’s basketball team bested the 16th-ranked Spartans 77-68 this Saturday.

Making his way back to the starting lineup after a groin injury, junior forward Isaiah Livers put up 14 in the Wolverines’s win.