Michigan Wolverines: Jared Sullinger

3-pointers vs. Ohio State 

March, 10, 2012
It was two co-Big Ten Champions going at it after a season in which they split games. But in Indianapolis on Saturday, as Ohio State dominated in a 77-55 win over Michigan, the Wolverines didn't look the part.

Unlike the night before when Michigan came out slow against Minnesota and trailed by as many as nine points before clawing its way back, there would be no semblance of a comeback for the Wolverines.

Besides ending the Wolverines back to Ann Arbor, the loss could affect Michigan's NCAA seeding. Before the game, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Wolverines sitting at a 3-seed, but the huge loss could drop the Wolverines to a 4-seed (or worse?) depending on how other conference tournaments shake out.

B1G semis: 3 keys vs. Ohio State 

March, 10, 2012
A week ago, the Michigan basketball team became massive Ohio State basketball fans, cheering for every move the Buckeyes made, every shot William Buford took. If Ohio State beat Michigan State last weekend, Michigan would get a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

Michigan won't be nearly as friendly Saturday.

The Wolverines and Buckeyes play for the third time this season in the Big Ten semifinals.

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

March, 8, 2012
In the weekly roundtable discussion WolverineNation staff writers Tom VanHaaren, Michael Rothstein and Chantel Jennings examine three questions pertaining to Michigan football, basketball and recruiting.

1.) If you're in a touch football game, who's your first pick off this season's Michigan squad?

Tom Van Haaren: Denard Robinson. Who else would I need? He could run and I could eat and watch him score.

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Michigan State enters the Big Ten Tournament with the top seed, despite a two-game losing skid to end its regular season schedule.

While the losses at the end of the season were surprising to say the least, it seemed to exemplify a conference in which on any given night any team (that's right, all you Wildcats and Boilermakers fans) could win.

But here are my predictions for how the Big Ten Tournament goes down in Indianapolis. But I will preface that with the fact that I'm terrible at predictions. With the exception of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, in which I picked all four No. 1 seeds to make it to the Final Four, I've never done well in bracket competitions. So, here goes…

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Burke continues to add honors

March, 6, 2012
Freshman point guard Trey Burke added to his already impressive resume on Tuesday when he was named to one of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's (USBWA) All-District Teams.

Burke was one of two freshman (the other being Indiana's Cody Zeller) to be named to the District V team.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and senior Draymond Green were named Coach and Player of the Year for District V, respectively.

Joining Burke, Zeller and Green on the All-District team were Ohio State's William Buford and Jared Sullinger, Marquette's Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, Northwestern's John Shurna and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

F Morgan displays on-court maturity 

February, 19, 2012
In practice this week, redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Morgan told teammate Blake McLimans that given the chance against Ohio State, he would dunk left-handed.

McLimans didn't believe the right-handed forward, who has been known more for his struggles against Jared Sullinger than his prowess in the post.

But then, on Saturday in No. 19 Michigan basketball's 56-51 win over the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, Morgan flew down the floor in transition and brought the Crisler Center to its feet with his left-handed tomahawk dunk.

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Some quick thoughts after the first half:

Turning point: Ohio State guard Aaron Craft picked up his second foul of the half after Tim Hardaway Jr. drew a charge with 4:04 to go before the break. His absence opened up the floor for point guard Trey Burke, who had been smothered by Craft for the majority of the half. Michigan responded with a 3-pointer from Stuart Douglass on the next possession.

Best player in the half: Burke. After struggling against Ohio State on the road on Jan. 29, Burke played much, much better at home. He was able to drive intermittently on Craft, controlled pace and played smartly. His best assist of the half was a drive to the free throw line where he somehow found Jordan Morgan for a layup. In all, Burke finished the half with seven points, three assists and no turnovers.

What Michigan needs to do, What Ohio State needs to do: Michigan -- Keep doing what it is doing. The Wolverines are controlling the pace of play, doing a good job doubling Jared Sullinger and not taking quick shots in a possession that could cause lead to easy transition baskets for the Buckeyes. Ohio State -- Go inside. Michigan has done a good job on Sullinger, however the Buckeyes are falling in love with the 3-pointer too much and it wasn't falling for them. Michigan struggled in the post with Sullinger in its first meeting, but so far the Buckeyes haven't utilized him as much.

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Three keys vs. No. 6 OSU 

February, 18, 2012
The No. 19 Michigan basketball team welcomes No. 6 Ohio State to Ann Arbor on Saturday for a grudge match.

Last time around, the Buckeyes ran away with the 64-49 win with a big performance from Lenzelle Smith Jr. (17 points, 12 rebounds). But the Wolverines are undefeated at the Crisler Center, including victories over Michigan State and Wisconsin.

The stakes are pretty high, and this might be the last time seniors Stu Douglass and Zack Novak have a chance to face up against a team that has continually beaten them down over their Michigan careers.

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WolverineNation roundtable 

February, 16, 2012
Brady Hoke, Urban MeyerAP Photo, Getty ImagesBrady Hoke and Urban Meyer will wage some epic battles in the 2013 recruiting cycle.

Michigan basketball is in the Big Ten title hunt and has a big game Saturday against rival Ohio State on ESPN. The Buckeyes and Wolverines happen to be pretty big rivals in football and recruiting as well.

These topics -- and whether Michigan coach Brady Hoke will change at all from his first to second season -- are discussed in this week's Michigan roundtable.

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Michigan basketball coach John Beilein just finished his weekly radio show at Pizza House in Ann Arbor, Mich.

As always, here are the highlights in an easy reading bullet form:

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Quick hits: Beilein on B1G call 

February, 13, 2012
Michigan coach John Beilein on the Big Ten teleconference on Monday:


  • ON HAVING MULTIPLE PLAYERS AS SCORING THREATS: "That's a key to our success so far. We have not had to rely on one or two guys to do it every day and if they didn't have a good game we wouldn't have a chance," Beilein said. "That would've made us more a .500 team right now." Beilein said the Wolverines' performance against Illinois was the closest his team has come to everyone having a solid game.
  • ON TALKING ABOUT CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Beilein said he'll address it in practice this week. "They don't look at the standings very often," Beilein said. "They know we're in it. Maybe they don't know how close it is and how it can change so quickly with a few wins here and there."

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3 keys vs. Indiana 

February, 1, 2012
It's pretty common that a college basketball matchup can be decided by each team's best player. But rarely are both freshmen.

But when the No. 22 Michigan basketball team welcomes No. 20 Indiana to Ann Arbor on Wednesday, it will be a showdown between two of the top frosh in the nation.

Both are coming off impressive games. Cody Zeller notched 26 points, four rebounds and three steals against Iowa. Meanwhile, Trey Burke – on his first-ever Columbus homecoming – handled the pressure well and scored 13 points and dished out five assists.

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The Big Ten weekly baksetball coaches teleconference is on Monday mornings. Here are the key points from Michigan coach John Beilein and Indiana coach Tom Crean.


ON USING "OHIO" WHEN REFERRING TO OHIO STATE: "It just sort of happened," Beilein said. "I received no direction in those areas, no directions from anyone. Just adopted it myself."

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Michigan's run either in sole possession or tied for first place in the Big Ten is over. Ohio State's 64-49 win over the Wolverines in Columbus on Sunday afternoon took care of that.

In reality, though, this was always going to be one of Michigan's toughest games of the season -- on the road against one of the top teams in the country. It is a matchup where the Wolverines -- like they did on Sunday -- have to almost sell out defensively on doubling Ohio State star Jared Sullinger, allowing for open offensive rebounds and kick-outs for 3-pointers.

That, along with offensive struggles, were the difference in the game. Here are three major factors to what happened in Value City Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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Three keys at No. 3 Ohio State 

January, 28, 2012
The No. 22 Michigan men's basketball team doesn’t call the third-ranked Buckeyes, Ohio or "That School Down South." But that doesn’t mean the rivalry is any less bitter.

Ohio State has been one of the more difficult teams to beat during the last few seasons for Michigan. Seniors Stu Douglass and Zack Novak have only come out victorious once during their time at Michigan. Last season, the Wolverines lost to the Buckeyes three times (though never by more than nine points).

"I think there’s bad blood between Michigan and Ohio State regardless," redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan said. "It could be checkers or chess, whatever, I think there’s bad blood regardless."

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Michigan C Cites Concussions In Decision To Quit
Joe Schad discusses how concussions and a concern over long-term health have helped Michigan center Jack Miller decide not to play football his senior year.