Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 7:02pm
Michigan State guard Cassius Winston scored 27 points against Michigan — more than his 22 total points in 2 games last season — as he and the Spartans handed Michigan its first home loss.

Even while remembering the celebratory final moments, he didn’t crack a smile. His comments alternated deflected praise with a focus on Indiana, Michigan State’s next opponent. When asked where this ranks among the biggest wins of his career, he merely said, “It’s up there” and re-emphasized the importance of winning a conference title.

But beneath it all, there was an air of relaxed satisfaction that can only come after dumping a proverbial monkey off one’s back.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 3:34am
John Beilein and Tom Izzo have cultivated a relationship beyond their rivalry.

The coaches knew of each other, but had never actually met. So Izzo, after spotting the Mountaineers’ coach across the gym, made his way over to Beilein and made his introductions.

“I just had (my son) out there at an AAU event,” Izzo told The Daily in November. “And John was there and he just sat with us and that’s where I learned he was just a regular guy.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:01pm
Junior guard Zavier Simpson had 12 assists and 6 rebounds in the Wolverines' 69-60 win at Minnesota.

“We just gotta be extremely locked in and come out to play every night,” said sophomore Jordan Poole, relaying their message. “Take the exact same approach. It can be hard if you go and play a team that doesn't have that many wins in the league or you beat a team already earlier in the year.”

Thursday night, faced with an opponent who checked both those boxes, the Wolverines did exactly that, beating Minnesota, 69-60.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:16pm
Junior center Jon Teske scored seven points in the final five minutes against Maryland on Saturday.

Zavier Simpson bided his time, wrapping behind the basket before splitting two defenders with a no-look bounce pass. Just as the pass reached its apex, Jon Teske came streaking into the lane, collected the ball and emphatically slammed it home, giving Michigan a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.

That scene came late in the second half of the Wolverines’ 65-52 win over Maryland on Saturday, but it’s emblematic of a larger trend that has come to define their offense over the past three months. Simpson — Michigan’s offensive conductor — leads all Big Ten point guards in assist-to-turnover rate, while Teske has flourished as its interior linchpin, averaging 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in conference play.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:54pm
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On Saturday afternoon though, it took nearly three minutes for the Terrapins to score. Before they could do so for a second time, Michigan’s lead had ballooned to 14-2. Maryland (19-7 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) eventually reversed course, but — much like for the Wolverines on Tuesday — it was too late, as Michigan (23-3, 12-3) held on to win, 65-62.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:21pm
With a 24-point showing on Tuesday, Charles Matthews was a bright spot for Michigan in an otherwise disappointing outing against Penn State.

Because as well as he has played, his team has reached its collective worst in a season that has included far more highs than lows. And for Matthews — likely in his last season at Michigan — to reach the heights he imagined when he transferred here, his teammates need to rediscover those highs.

“Time is running short,” Matthews said. “It ain't no more, ‘We'll fix it later.’ Time is now.”

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 3:24pm
Charles Matthews scored 16 second-half points as Michigan beat Wisconsin 61-52 on Saturday.

Three weeks ago in Madison, Michigan’s undefeated season lay in the balance of a one-point game with seven minutes to play. That time, the Wolverines’ offense wilted, scoring just 10 points over the remainder of the gane and falling, 64-54, at the hands of the Badgers.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:37pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis scored the game's first points with a three.

PISCATAWAY — Despite his team’s 21-2 record and top-10 national ranking, Michigan coach John Beilein has cast a frustrated figure for much of the last month. Wins and losses alike have been met with an unsatisfied air — a feeling that the Wolverines have failed to maximize the potential displayed in their 19-0 start.

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 9:03pm
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Friday night against Michigan, Iowa's signature win finally arrived, as the Hawkeyes (17-5 overall, 6-5 Big Ten) took down the fifth-ranked Wolverines, 74-59.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:06pm
Iowa forward Tyler Cook tested the NBA Draft waters before returning to the Hawkeyes for this season.

Offensively, the Hawkeyes were 19th last season before improving to 10th this year on the back of a team-leading 16.6 points per game from junior forward Tyler Cook. The Daily sat down with Cook at Big Ten Media Day in October.