Men's Basketball


Isaiah Livers shouldn’t have been in the game. In fact, for over half of it, he wasn’t. 

But despite suffering another injury in the second half, Michigan knew who it needed on the floor.

Ayo Dosunmu's game-winning jump shot handed the Michigan men's basketball team its fourth consecutive loss,

Brad Underwood’s conference with his assistants was short.


Ayo Dosunmu called game. 

Despite being hounded by Zavier Simpson, the sophomore guard, with ice in his veins, rose up over Michigan’s shorter senior point guard and drained the go-ahead jumper from the elbow with just .05 seconds on the clock. 


Despite a hot start and the return of junior forward Isaiah Livers, who was later injured, Michigan Men’s Basketball lost to Illinois in a closely contested match this Saturday, 64-62.

In their fourth straight loss, Michigan struggled to keep up with Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, who had 27 points on the day.

Junior guard Eli Brooks is trying to step up and become a more vocal leader.

Surviving in a cannibalistic conference without an integral piece is difficult, but that should have no correlation with energy, focus and defensive communication.
Coming up with the right ideas is one thing. Successfully putting them into motion is another. With March just five weeks away, Brooks knows Michigan must prioritize the latter.
Now that the problem has been diagnosed, it becomes a matter of how quickly the Wolverines can solve it. At this point, the direction of their season hinges on it.

Lamar Stevens, Penn State's lethal senior forward, showed up in Wednesday's game when the Michigan men's basketball team played the Nittany Lions.

What it turned out to be was 40 minutes of proof that Michigan’s issues on defense are still very much in play, at home or on the road, and that it boils down to a lack of communication.

Wednesday night, the Michigan men's basketball team fell 72-63 to Penn State.

The ball started in Lamar Stevens’ hands, as the Michigan men’s basketball team expected.
The senior forward has been a key cog of Penn State’s offense since he stepped foot on campus in 2016. So when the first possession of the Wolverines’ 72-63 loss to the Nittany Lions (14-5 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) ended with Stevens posting up, nobody was surprised.


Michigan meanwhile, is 0-4 away from Crisler Center. Its opponent on Wednesday night, Penn State, despite being 13-5 overall, is 0-3.
Those last two figures particularly, underscore the larger point: back home, the Wolverines need to win their next two games — the first, against the Nittany Lions and the second, against Illinois on Saturday.


IOWA CITY — To Franz Wagner, the most pressing issue for the Michigan men’s basketball team is simple.


IOWA CITY — There weren’t many positives for the Michigan men’s basketball team following its 90-83 loss to Iowa. The play of Eli Brooks was one of them.