Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:19pm

In their fifth straight win, Michigan men’s basketball beat Purdue on the road, 71-63.

Spurred by junior forward Isaiah Livers’s return from an ankle injury, the Wolverine’s won on the road, marking their longest winning streak since the beginning of the season with seven straight victories.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:14pm

Leading up to Wednesday, Castleton had played just five minutes over the Wolverines’ last three games. But when Michigan needed a second-half spark against Rutgers, coach Juwan Howard called his number. Castleton delivered a timely and-one layup and a much-needed defensive presence, propelling the Wolverines to a 60-52 victory.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 6:43pm
Junior guard Eli Brooks has helped lead Michigan's late-season surge.

Since Michigan’s victory over Nebraska and Isaiah Livers’ return, the Wolverines have been on a tear — reminiscent of its early season success.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:21am
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.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 3:46pm

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

Before the Michigan men’s basketball team left its locker room to face No. 16 Michigan State, the first-year coach called it a “tone-setter.” Following a sub-.500 month defined by Isaiah Livers’ absence, the junior forward returned to the Wolverines’ lineup for the much-anticipated in-state rivalry.

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 5:15pm
Juwan Howard harkened back to a 2005 injury of his own when asked about Isaiah Livers on Friday.

During the recovery process, Howard came down with the flu. The illness ultimately caused a viral infection to his heart, and by the first week of April, team doctors declared it season-ending.

Nearly 15 years later, Howard found himself recalling his sprain-turned-infection at the Crisler Center podium on his 47th birthday. Now in his first season as the Michigan men’s basketball team coach, he likened his own experience to what junior forward Isaiah Livers has suffered through over the last month and change.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 10:07pm
Senior guard Zavier Simpson committed a crucial flagrant foul in Michigan's loss Tuesday.

For the second time in as many games at Crisler Center, the game still hung in the balance as the clock wound down.

After squandering a two-point lead with less than a minute to play against Illinois last week, the Michigan men’s basketball team (13-9 overall, 4-7 Big Ten) appeared to find its footing. A long-awaited road win at Nebraska and a successful dispatching of Rutgers in New York made the loss to the Fighting Illini look like an inflection point in hindsight. A lesson learned.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 6:35pm

NEW YORK  — In the seven seasons leading up to Saturday, Madison Square Garden has become a home away from home for the Michigan men’s basketball team.

The last time the Wolverines walked off the floor, it was with the 2018 Big Ten Tournament title in hand. Prior to that, they scored wins over Marquette and Southern Methodist at the 2K Classic in 2016. Overall, Michigan entered Saturday riding a nine-game winning streak in New York since 2012.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 5:24pm
The Michigan basketball program reinstated Zavier Simpson on Friday.

The Michigan men’s basketball team has reinstated senior point guard Zavier Simpson following a one-game suspension, coach Juwan Howard announced on Friday.

“After speaking with (Michigan athletic director) Warde (Manuel) before today’s practice and after my media availability, we agreed to lift Zavier’s suspension,” Howard said in a statement. “I am looking forward to moving on from this. Anything further will continue to be handled within.”

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:10pm
Freshman wing Franz Wagner scored 18 points, tied his season-high with eight rebounds and added three steals in Tuesday’s win over Nebraska.

The freshman wing took a team-high 15 shots in 25 minutes, scored 18 points, tied his season-high with eight rebounds and added three steals.
What’s more important, though, is how he reached that statline. Before Tuesday, more than half of Wagner’s shots against conference opponents came from beyond the arc. Michigan coach Juwan Howard is relentless in encouraging his players to let it go when they’re open, but there also seemed to be times when the 6-foot-9, long-armed Wagner could be taking advantage of matchups in other ways.
Against the Cornhuskers, he was more than a spot-up shooter. And when the Wolverines needed him to do it all, that’s exactly what he did.