Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:44pm

DES MOINES, Iowa — As Michigan stormed out to an early but indestructible lead Thursday night against Montana, the word of choice across social media was “boring.” By the time the Wolverines jogged down the tunnel at halftime with a 34-21 advantage that felt more comfortable than that, many back at home had already flipped to the evening’s more competitive action. Those inside Wells Fargo Arena surely wished they could do the same.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:41pm
Zavier Simpson is in the mindset of taking the NCAA tournament one game at a time, an attitude that is spreading to the rest of the team.

For 24 hours after the loss to the Spartans, Michigan stewed — and its coaching staff let it. But Monday afternoon, with just three days until its NCAA Tournament journey would get underway against 15th-seeded Montana, Wolverines coach John Beilein knew it was time to turn the corner.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 9:02pm
Michigan coach John Beilein emphasized good shot selection after the Wolverines' loss to Michigan State.

For the third time in three weeks, the Wolverines lost a high-stakes battle with their in-state rivals.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 1:43am
Assistant coach Saddi Washington had the scout against Michigan State.

When I walked over, all lowered their laptops in unison. This is not a public operation. Washington and assistant coach Luke Yaklich will take me through their scouting process, but neither dares to divulge a single detail about Michigan State.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 5:16pm

Saturday afternoon against 7th-seeded Minnesota, 3rd-seeded Michigan (28-5 overall, 15-5 Big Ten) displayed those championship habits and then some, storming out to a 76-49 demolition of the Golden Gophers (21-13, 9-11). Just as the Big Ten regular-season title did last weekend in East Lansing, the tournament crown will come down to Michigan and Michigan State.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:19am
Junior guard Zavier Simpson helped lead the Wolverines past Iowa with 11 assists.

That leadership, though, manifests itself best when he’s taking the ball up the court, springing teammates into open looks before returning to the other end and making sure Michigan’s opponent can’t do the same.

And for the next 30 minutes, Simpson did exactly that, leading the Wolverines to a 74-53 win.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:41pm
Michigan coach John Beilein's 2013 team also did not win the Big Ten regular season title, but then went on to make the Final Four that year.

As much as those reporters may have inadvertently learned about Beilein’s childhood agricultural findings, no group knows this as well as his 2013 team.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 5:48pm

For all the achievements No. 9 Michigan (26-4 overall, 15-4 Big Ten) earned in its 25-4 start, that’s not something that its head coach has often been able to say away from the Crisler Center. But Saturday afternoon the Wolverines beat No. 17 Maryland (21-9, 12-7), 69-62, to notch the signature road win that had eluded them since beating Villanova in mid-November.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 3:36am
Freshman center Colin Castleton scored 11 points and broke into the rotation against Nebraska on Thursday.

Last Thursday in Minneapolis, freshman forward Colin Castleton stood in a cramped hallway outside the visiting locker room as reporters attempted to swarm Jordan Poole. Only Poole wouldn’t let them, forcing each reporter to ask Castleton a question before they could talk to him.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:28pm
Charles Matthews and the Michigan men's basketball team is looking to find their early-season dominance.

The evidence disagrees. Michigan’s offense averaged 73.2 points per game before the new year. In January, that figure dropped to 68.5. With one game to play in February, it sits at 67.1. On the other side of the ball, the Wolverines have gone from allowing just 57.9 points per game in January — the first month of Big Ten play — to 65.0 this month.

“We didn’t have that fat L that a November loss is, cause we were 19-0,” Livers said. “So we kinda had to learn the harder way, in our conference, which kinda sucks.”