Men's Basketball

Juwan Howard hopes the adversity the Michigan men's basketball team faced earlier this season pays dividends in the postseason.

Juwan Howard’s first regular season as the Michigan men’s basketball coach featured no shortage of adversity.


So when the final buzzer sounded, it signaled a 83-70 dismantling of Michigan (19-12 overall,10-10 Big Ten). The Terrapins’ (24-7, 14-6) combination of outside shooting, offensive fluidity and dislodging of the Wolverines’ defense sealed the deal in the regular season finale.

Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg is trying to build the Cornhuskers in the same way he did Iowa State.

Reviving Nebraska basketball is in Fred Hoiberg’s blood. He’s more than up for the challenge.

Jon Teske scored 12 points with five rebounds against Nebraska.

Teske and Simpson both spoke Thursday of the importance the coming weeks hold. All the emotions underscored the point. For Michigan’s two seniors, this is all ending as soon as they let it.


And on Thursday, when Michigan cruised past Nebraska for a second time, 82-58, it got to see just how far things have come in the last five weeks. The Wolverines are safely projected to be in the NCAA Tournament — those worries having been eradicated by going 8-3 since that day in January. Without Simpson, they cobbled together a win at Nebraska, and with him, on his Senior Day, they dispatched of the Cornhuskers with the senior guard directing traffic.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson will be honored at Senior Day on Thursday.

Since that March, when Simpson turned himself into the avatar of a Michigan team that won 14 straight games, blowing through the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA West Regional, he has been the unquestioned leader of the program. On Thursday, he’ll play his last game at Crisler Center and be honored at Senior Night.

He doesn’t think he’ll cry. His dad, Quincey, probably will, he said.

Austin Davis will return for a fifth year, Juwan Howard announced Wednesday.

When Juwan Howard took a seat at his podium to address the media on Wednesday, there was an unmistakable grin on his face.

Before long, it was evident why. The first-year coach began his press conference by delivering news that redshirt junior center Austin Davis will return for a fifth year with the Michigan men’s basketball team in 2020-21.

Michigan's defense struggled to contain Ohio State's 3-point shooting in Sunday's loss.

Just three days prior, Trice almost singlehandedly downed Michigan from behind the 3-point line en route to an away victory. Sunday afternoon, the Michigan men’s basketball team was left seeing double as Ohio State sank 11-of-21 from three, beating the Wolverines 77-63 in the process.


COLUMBUS — When Juwan Howard wants his team to talk, he’s not shy about letting them know.

The Michigan men’s basketball team’s inability to defend the perimeter led to its eventual 81-74 loss against Wisconsin on Thursday.

When Juwan Howard was asked about Eli Brooks’s nose on Wednesday, he leaned back in his podium chair and laughed.