Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:54pm
Sophomore guard Jordan Poole struggled in Michigan's season-ending loss to Texas Tech.

Haynes, the Wolverines’ go-to players coach, appeared to offer up a few words of support. But Poole, head wrapped in one last March Madness towel and eyes buried in Haynes’ shoulder, had no need for words. His trademark optimism, pervasive to the last possible moment, was gone, replaced by the tears of unfilled expectations.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:49pm
Shots didn't fall for the Michigan basketball team in its season-ending loss to Texas Tech.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Amid an eerie silence, bowed heads and tear-filled eyes, one telling phrase rung through the Michigan locker room:

“Bad day to have a bad day.”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:12pm
Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis has always displayed an effervescent confidence.

“Iggy lives up for these moments,” Haynes saod. “I haven’t seen a kid like him that lives for these moments. He loves the crowd, he feeds into it, whether it’s hate or love. He’s a different kind of guy.”

To anybody who knows Brazdeikis, this is no surprise.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:02pm
Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers slammed down a highlight-real dunk in Michigan's Round of 32 win over Florida.

Saturday night in Des Moines, those roles suddenly reversed. This time, Livers’ name shot across national airwaves after posterizing Florida’s Andrew Nembhard to help send the Wolverines to the Sweet Sixteen — the zenith of a postseason in which he has averaged 12.0 points per game on 58 percent shooting.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 7:27pm
Michigan in a game againsst Florida at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa Saturday. Michigan won 64-49.

But once the Wolverines emerged from the halftime tunnel, the afternoon’s tide began to turn. By the time the two teams walked off the court again, Michigan had come away with a 64-49 win and moved on to its third consecutive Sweet Sixteen.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:54pm
Assistant coach DeAndre Haynes played with Florida assistant Jordan Mincy at Kent State.

Just as soon as Gumbel’s message reached Mincy’s ears, his phone began to blow up. Some were congratulatory, but far more came from his group chat from Kent State, where he played from 2005-09 and coached from 2010-12. Haynes — a player with the Golden Flashes from 2002-06 and coach from 2012-16 — was one of those on the other end.

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.