Men's Basketball

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Jon Teske might’ve just missed a point-blank layup attempt, but he wasn’t going to give up on the play. As the rebound evaded the grasp of the Hoosiers, the senior center dove on it and had the wherewithal to find Franz Wagner alone under the basket for two. Teske’s effort, apart from sending the Crisler Center crowd into an uproar, capped off an offensive onslaught that saw his team take a 12-point lead on Indiana late in the first half. From there, the Michigan men’s basketball team (16-9 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) held serve to beat the Hoosiers (16-9, 6-8), 89-65, Sunday afternoon.

Eli Brooks has led Michigan in scoring in its last three road games.

On Wednesday, following a blowout win over Northwestern, junior forward Isaiah Livers was asked to describe junior guard Eli Brooks — the game’s leading scorer. Instead of diving into the minutiae of the guard’s performance, Livers kicked things off by giving the third-year player a new nickname:

“The silent assassin.”

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.

Junior forward Isaiah Livers combined with Eli Brooks for 35 points against Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Forward Isaiah Livers and shooting guard Eli Brooks combined for 35 points, 10 rebounds and a fair number of electrifying shots, helping Michigan to a 79-54 win.

Michigan topped Northwestern, 79-54, on Wednesday night.

And after a rough start, the Wolverines (15-9 overall, 6-7 Big Ten) thoroughly dismantled the Wildcats (6-17, 1-12) to the tune of 79-54.
Michigan started the game badly, going 0-for-11 from the floor with seven of those shots registering as either layups or dunks. Most of the offensive stagnancy fell directly on the shoulders of senior center Jon Teske who struggled around the rim, missing easy looks against a drastically undersized Northwestern team.

Senior point guard Zavier Simpson was 4-7 from behind the arc in a win vs. Michigan State on Saturday.

As Zavier Simpson sat quietly watching film, one pervading thought kept tugging away at his psyche.

Isaiah Livers returned to action on Saturday in Michigan's win over Michigan State.

Livers played 18 minutes in the first half and 31 in total, second to only Wagner. Over the past few weeks, it was clear Howard and his staff weren’t going to rush Livers back too soon, regardless of which direction the Wolverines were trending. But, when he was ready to go, they weren’t going to hold him back at all either.

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

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After an 87-69 loss in January, the Michigan men’s basketball team bested the 16th-ranked Spartans 77-68 this Saturday.

Making his way back to the starting lineup after a groin injury, junior forward Isaiah Livers put up 14 in the Wolverines’s win.

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.