A closer look at Michigan’s early struggles

Michigan is just 6-3 after suffering two of its worst home losses in years – back to back against NJIT and Eastern Michigan. On a game-by-game basis, it’s easy to see what went wrong. Against NJIT it was a horrific defensive performance and against Eastern Michigan it was an inability to cope with a stifling zone. But analyzing the Wolverines as a whole, there are some major...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten writers pick Michigan to finish fifth

The Big Ten conference won’t release an entire preseason poll at Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day, opting instead to just unveil the league’s top three teams. However, Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, completed his annual poll of Big Ten writers (27, up to two per program) for the upcoming season. The league’s media voted Michigan to finish in fifth place, behind Wisconsin...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Michigan assistants encouraged by early progress

When Michigan’s coaches spoke to the team’s centers about expectations for the upcoming season, one of them wasn’t particularly impressed. “Ricky Doyle, being a true freshman, said ‘Coach, that seems like a low expectation,’ ” assistant Bacari Alexander recalled on WTKA-AM (1050) on Wednesday morning. Alexander had told the trio of Doyle, redshirt freshman Mark Donnal...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan focused on young big men in early practices

Jordan Morgan was the constant during Michigan’s last four seasons of unprecedented success. The things that Morgan contributed were often overlooked. He made 70% of his layups, but his offensive game was limited elsewhere. He held the defense together with his rebounding and leadership, but those contributions rarely showed up on the stat sheet. The many NBA talents that he shared...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Michigan overcome its youth?

Basketball season is around the corner and over the next several weeks we’ll rundown some of the biggest storylines facing the 2014-15 Michigan Wolverines. In this edition we look at Michigan’s youth and whether the Wolverines will struggle with another young roster.  (Photo: Michigan Basketball) Michigan is going to have one of the youngest rosters in the Big Ten once again...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Italy Rewind: Mark Donnal

Mark Donnal spent last season battling against Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary and Jon Horford in practice as he sat out during his redshirt season. The rest of his time last season was spent in the weight room – he’s now up to 240 pounds – as he prepared for his number 34 to be called this season. Now Mitch McGary, Jordan Morgan and Jon Hoford are gone and Donnal finally has his...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Report Card 2014: Derrick Walton

Previously: Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan, Zak Irvin, Spike Albrecht (Photo: Dustin Johnston) Derrick Walton faced decidedly unrealistic expectations when he first stepped on the floor at the Crisler Center. Walton was the highest rated point guard that John Beilein had recruited to Michigan. The two point guards before him were Darius Morris and Trey...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Primer: Could three Wolverines end up in first round?

Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan will all hope to hear their names called tonight during the 2014 NBA Draft. Stauskas will be watching from the green room in the Barclays Center and is expected to be a lottery pick. Rumors have swirled that McGary has a promise somewhere in the 20. Robinson is projected on the fringe of the first and second rounds...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Italy trip provides “perfect” opportunity for young Wolverines

Michigan will head to Italy in the middle of August to play four games in eight days before the start of the fall semester. The trip will allow ten days of practice before heading across the Atlantic and provide some much needed hands-on instruction for a Wolverine roster that features seven players with freshman eligibility. “We’re a little bit schedule-constricted, because...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report Card 2014: Jordan Morgan

What more can we say about Jordan Morgan’s final season? Michigan’s redshirt senior was the bedrock of this Michigan team in every way but offense: he was the leading rebounder, the quarterback of the defense and the team’s emotional center. Morgan was the consummate leader, and exactly the kind this young, talented team needed; on a team stocked with NBA talent. Morgan was...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan gives out end-of-season team awards, Nik Stauskas wins MVP

Michigan doled out its team awards at the annual Michigan basketball banquet on Wednesday night. Nik Stauskas took home the MVP award and Jordan Morgan took home four separate awards on the night. Below you can read the full list of awards: Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Nik Stauskas Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan React on Twitter to President Obama Shout-outs

Barack Obama made an appearance in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, as he continues to push for a higher minimum wage. Before getting down to the nuts and bolts of his latest speech, though, the president took a moment out to recognize the Michigan basketball team. After admitting that he regretted picking against the Wolverines when filling out his bracket, Obama congratulated senior Jordan...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan goes down swinging in Elite Eight

INDIANAPOLIS — It was a good death. It was a glorious death, really. Michigan’s 75-72 loss to Kentucky on Sunday was epic and thrilling and extraordinarily well-played by both teams. Michigan and Kentucky traded haymakers all game long, and Kentucky had to play perhaps its best game of the season in order to come out on top. If the Wolverines had to go down, they were going down...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan’s Jordan Morgan Did Not Agree With Deciding Charge Call In Wisconsin-Arizona Game

For whatever reason, this college basketball season seems like it’s been defined by the always-controversial charge/block call. In last night’s Michigan vs. Tennessee Sweet 16 matchup, Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan took a charge from Vols forward Jarnell Stokes in the game’s final moments, essentially securing the victory for his team. While that call has been heavily debated...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Elite Eight preview: Michigan Basketball vs Kentucky

Michigan Basketball (28-8) will play Kentucky (27-10) in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon. Tip is scheduled for 5:05pm (EST) and the game will be televised on CBS. About Kentucky Kentucky is the youngest team in the country and they also have as much raw talent as any team in the country. The advanced to the Elite Eight by coming back from a 13 point deficit to knock off the defending...
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Michan Beats Tennessee in Sweet 16 after Jordan Morgan Draws Charge

Tennessee battled back from as many as 15-points down in the second half to having a chance to take the lead over Michigan in the final seconds of their Sweet 16 game with Michigan. However on the final possession, the Vols’ Jarnell Stokes, who finished with 11 points on the night, drove hard to his right and was called for the charge, giving the ball back to the Wolverines and...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA 2014: Michigan vs. Tennessee Recap

Michigan 73, Tennessee 71. Photo Gallery. Player Reactions. Press Conference. Photo: Dustin Johnston Michigan’s Sweet 16 battle with Tennessee carried out according to plan for the first 30 minutes. The threes were falling, Jordan Morgan controlled the paint and the Wolverines led by double-digits for most of the second half. Nik Stauskas buried a three-pointer with 3:40 to play...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Jordan Morgan, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Walton recap Tennessee win

Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Walton were all available to speak with the media in Michigan’s locker room following the Wolverines’ 73-71 Sweet 16 victory over Tennessee. The players talked about late-game execution, moving on to the Elite Eight and much more. You can watch the full interviews using the embedded media players below.
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Hits: Michigan edges Tennessee to return to Elite Eight

What started as an offensive showcase turned into a matter of survival. Michigan's 13-point lead dwindled to one with 13 seconds to play as Tennessee went on a furious second-half run. But the No. 2 seed Wolverines held on to win 73-71 Friday, punching a second straight trip to the Elite Eight. Meanwhile, the 11th-seeded Volunteers rode a First Four berth to a surprise run that may...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

On to the Elite 8! Michigan beats Tennessee 73-71

On to the Elite 8! The Michigan Wolverines are back in the Elite 8 for the second season in a row after taking down the Volunteers of  Tennessee 73-71 in their Sweet 16 match-up from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Granted, the Wolverines didn’t set any team tournament records in the game against Tennessee, but they did cash in on 11 of their 20 3-point attempts in the game...
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan advances to Elite Eight with win over Tennessee

Photo: Dustin Johnston Michigan’s offense carried it past Tennessee and into the Elite Eight on Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jordan Morgan led the way with 15 points, but every Michigan player that saw the floor scored in the 73-71 victory. Michigan led throughout the second half, but Tennessee cut the lead to just one point with 10.8 seconds to play. Tennessee had the ball...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Michigan press conference before Tennessee

Michigan coach John Beilein, along with Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas, spoke with the media during a pre-game press conference prior to the Wolverines’ matchup against Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen. Michigan will take on the Volunteers on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. You can watch the full press conference using the embedded media player below, and read a...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson III, Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton preview Tennessee

Michigan’s locker room was open prior to its open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tursday. Jordan Morgan, Glenn Robinson III, Spike Albrecht and Derrick Walton were available to speak with the media regarding the Wolverines’ matchup with Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen. You can watch interviews using the embedded media players below. Robinson, Albrecht and Walton after the jump.
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan Basketball: The Power Forward Position

For the second straight game, Michigan basketball will face a team that starts two traditional post players. The Tennessee Volunteers feature two 6’8’’ players in their frontcourt.  Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon have been dominant on the boards in their three tournament games, pulling in a combined 23.7 rebounds. They also combine for 28 points, but this is less worrisome...
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

What They’re Saying: National writers weigh in on Michigan’s Sweet 16 odds

Michigan cruised through the first two games of the NCAA tournament with relative ease, but still find themselves largely off the national radar. Louisville versus Kentucky is the game that everyone wants to see and Tennessee is the upstart 11-seed that everyone wants to pick. (Photo: Dustin Johnston) The Wolverines are still about what everyone thought they were. Here are some highlights...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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