Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:05pm
Sophomore receiver Nico Collins went for 632 receiving yards in 2018.

Instead, despite a scattering of impressive performances, those hopes were marred by a lack of consistency and opportunity. Sophomores Nico Collins and Donovan People-Jones paced the group with 632 and 612 yards, respectively — ranking 151st and 161st nationally — making it five consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard receiver for Michigan.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:26am
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole scored a team-high 15 points in Tuesday's win over Ohio State.

Facing an early 12-6 deficit Tuesday night against Ohio State, John Beilein pulled Jordan Poole aside during Michigan’s first timeout to give his sophomore guard a quick word of advice. “The only mistake you could make now,” Beilein told Poole, “would be to stop shooting.”

Poole, of course, needed no such instruction.

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:31pm
Indiana students were dismayed as their team fell flat against Michigan in a 69-46 loss.

BLOOMINGTON — Look up any list of the toughest road environments in college basketball and Indiana’s Assembly Hall will inevitably be slotted at the very top. Alternatively, you could just ask Michigan coach John Beilein.

Just six days ago, when the Wolverines fell at Wisconsin, Beilein made sure to remind reporters that, “People don’t lose here because it’s the Kohl Center,” instead praising the Badgers’ on-court product. But this, he explained, was different.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 11:50pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis shot 4-of-18 from the field against Minnesota on Tuesday.

The bigger problem, though, is that Michigan has no discernable solution. On Saturday, Beilein attributed the offensive woes to his team’s 16 turnovers. Against Minnesota, the Wolverines slashed that number to six, but were equally unimpressive, undone by a lack of ball movement.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3:24pm
Charles Matthews had three turnovers and just five points in Michigan's 64-54 loss at Wisconsin.

So when the Kohl Center crowd rose to its feet as Wolverines coach John Beilein signaled for a timeout with four minutes to play and his team trailing by six, Michigan had no answers.

“We just needed to capitalize,” said sophomore guard Jordan Poole. “But we also haven’t been in a situation like this too many times.”

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:30am
Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ sat down with The Daily at Big Ten Media Day.

Still, though, it’s a marked improvement from last season for Wisconsin, who went 15-18 in 2017-18 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. If the Badgers return to postseason play this season, it will be on the back of fifth-year senior forward Ethan Happ, a two-time All-Big Ten selection. The Daily sat down with Happ at Big Ten Media Day in October.

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:14am
Zavier Simpson was heavily recruited by Wisconsin before choosing Michigan.

On Saturday afternoon, the Michigan men’s basketball team will stake its claim to be the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time in half a decade.

If it does, Zavier Simpson will have helped the Wolverines defeat the school he almost attended.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:15pm
After stating he did not anticipate staff chances, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has already named three new assistant coaches.

Minutes after Michigan’s Peach Bowl loss to Florida last month, a reporter asked Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh whether he anticipated any changes to his coaching staff.

The answer, perhaps predictably, was a simple “no.”

Three weeks later, that prediction has proven incorrect, as Michigan has already seen three assistant coaching jobs change hands.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:21pm

Last month, the Michigan basketball team went to Northwestern and unexpectedly encountered its toughest challenge of the season, escaping with a two-point victory. That night, the Wildcats found success forcing the Wolverines’ less-heralded shooters — namely junior guard Zavier Simpson — to hit 3-pointers.

On Sunday, Northwestern tried to revive that strategy. This time, Michigan responded with an 80-60 victory — its 17th in a row to start the season, a new program record.

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:21am
All five of Michigan's starters finished with double-digit points Thursday night.

Ask Beilein and he’ll tell you that it doesn’t matter who those open shots fall to. But the answer from the other sideline might be more revealing.

“I think they showed tonight why they’re such a good basketball team,” Underwood said. “They had everybody in double figures.”