Men's Basketball

Freshman wing Franz Wagner scored 18 points, tied his season-high with eight rebounds and added three steals in Tuesday’s win over Nebraska.

The freshman wing took a team-high 15 shots in 25 minutes, scored 18 points, tied his season-high with eight rebounds and added three steals.
What’s more important, though, is how he reached that statline. Before Tuesday, more than half of Wagner’s shots against conference opponents came from beyond the arc. Michigan coach Juwan Howard is relentless in encouraging his players to let it go when they’re open, but there also seemed to be times when the 6-foot-9, long-armed Wagner could be taking advantage of matchups in other ways.
Against the Cornhuskers, he was more than a spot-up shooter. And when the Wolverines needed him to do it all, that’s exactly what he did.

Against Nebraska, sophomore forward Brandon Johns Jr. contributed to Michigan's win with efficient shooting.

LINCOLN What do you do when your most comfortable state is upended? When all sense of familiarity is thrown out the window?


LINCOLN — It was decidedly different from the Michigan lineup that’s shown up most of this season, and decidedly different from the fast-paced, physical style of play that has become a trademark of the Wolverines this season.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson has been suspended for Tuesday's game at Nebraska for a violation of team rules.

While the details of the suspension are still unclear and coach Juwan Howard is keeping the details in-house, Simpson will be sitting out Tuesday’s game at Nebraska. The Wolverines’ identity is crumbling before their very eyes, they’re seemingly losing their composure. But their season isn’t over yet.

Zavier Simpson was suspended for one game on Monday.

The Michigan men’s basketball team has suspended senior point guard Zavier Simpson for one game, coach Juwan Howard announced on Monday.

Ayo Dosunmu's game-winning jump shot handed the Michigan men's basketball team its fourth consecutive loss,

Brad Underwood’s conference with his assistants was short.


Despite a hot start and the return of junior forward Isaiah Livers, who was later injured, Michigan Men’s Basketball lost to Illinois in a closely contested match this Saturday, 64-62.

In their fourth straight loss, Michigan struggled to keep up with Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, who had 27 points on the day.

Junior guard Eli Brooks is trying to step up and become a more vocal leader.

Surviving in a cannibalistic conference without an integral piece is difficult, but that should have no correlation with energy, focus and defensive communication.
Coming up with the right ideas is one thing. Successfully putting them into motion is another. With March just five weeks away, Brooks knows Michigan must prioritize the latter.
Now that the problem has been diagnosed, it becomes a matter of how quickly the Wolverines can solve it. At this point, the direction of their season hinges on it.

Lamar Stevens, Penn State's lethal senior forward, showed up in Wednesday's game when the Michigan men's basketball team played the Nittany Lions.

What it turned out to be was 40 minutes of proof that Michigan’s issues on defense are still very much in play, at home or on the road, and that it boils down to a lack of communication.

Wednesday night, the Michigan men's basketball team fell 72-63 to Penn State.

The ball started in Lamar Stevens’ hands, as the Michigan men’s basketball team expected.
The senior forward has been a key cog of Penn State’s offense since he stepped foot on campus in 2016. So when the first possession of the Wolverines’ 72-63 loss to the Nittany Lions (14-5 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) ended with Stevens posting up, nobody was surprised.