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Last season: 33-8, reached national title game.
Coach: John Beilein.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Forward Moe Wagner, guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, guard-forward Duncan Robinson.
San Antonio — Good vs. great.
No, check that. Pretty doggone good vs. great.
That was Michigan vs. Villanova on Monday night in the national-championship game. The 79-62 victory for the Wildcats — their second title in three seasons — was validation for one of the most complete college basketball teams in recent memory.
It was hardly an indictment on the Wolverines, who won a program-record 33 games in a season that included a Big Ten tournament championship.
San Antonio – For the second consecutive offseason, Moritz Wagner will have a decision to make about his future.
But following Michigan's 79-62 loss to Villanova in the national title game Monday night at the Alamodome, Wagner declined to say whether he has given any thought to returning for his senior season or heading to the NBA.
San Antonio — Nothing lasts forever.
No matter what happens in Monday's national-championship game against Villanova at the Alamodome, it will mark the end of another era for Michigan.
The makeup and group of Wolverines that set a program record for wins in a single season, won a Big Ten tournament title and reached the title game for just the seventh time in program history will never be the same.
The Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats play for college basketball's national championship on Monday at 9:20 p.m. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News.
Thirty-three years ago, Mike Maker, then 19, settled in to watch the NCAA championship game.
He was rooting for the underdog — and eventual champion — Villanova. His brother, Wyatt, was a backup center on the team.
On Monday night, Maker was preparing to again cheer hard for the darkhorse — but this time it was to be Michigan, against, of all teams, Villanova. And Wyatt, well, deal with it.
SAN ANTONIO Moe Wagner was one of the most memorable players in this NCAA tournament even before he carried Michigan to its first national championship game in five years.
There was the moment he embraced teary-eyed Houston player Corey Davis Jr. while his teammates jumped for joy to celebrate Jordan Pooles game-winning three-pointer to send the Wolverines to the Sweet 16.
San Antonio – Michigan seniors Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson both had to bet on themselves.
Robinson took a leap of faith when he transferred from Division III Williams College after his coach, Mike Maker, left for another job. Abdur-Rahkman took a risk and held out for a better Division I offer following his senior season at Allentown Central Catholic High in Pennsylvania, which was no guarantee.
Los Angeles – When fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson corralled a defensive rebound with 13 seconds left and Michigan up four, he was expecting to be fouled.
Probably everyone else in Staples Center did, too.
Well, everybody except for Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, who opted to let the clock run out on the game and the No. 9 seed Seminoles' season as third-seeded Michigan prevailed, 58-54, in the West Region final on Saturday.
Los Angeles — Michigan proved it could prevail when it wasn't at its best in the NCAA Tournament.
On Thursday, the Wolverines sent a message and showed just how dangerous they can be when they're firing on all cylinders.
Third-seeded Michigan used a dominant first half to steamroll No. 7 seed Texas A&M, 99-72, in a Sweet 16 beatdown and emphatically stamp its ticket to the Elite Eight for the third time in six seasons.
Escape artists Michigan, Texas A&M clash in West Region
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 3 seed Michigan (30-7) vs. No. 7 seed Texas A&M (22-12)
Sweet 16, West Region; Los Angeles; 7:37 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Wichita, Kan. — Michigan had one last chance.
Trailing 63-61 with 3.6 seconds left, the Wolverines had one final shot to win the game.
Freshman guard Jordan Poole didn't miss, nailing a 3-pointer as time expired to lift third-seeded Michigan to a stunning, 64-63 win over No. 6 seed Houston in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena.
No. 3 seed Michigan faces No. 14 seed Montana in West
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — No. 3 Michigan (28-7) vs. No. 14 Montana (26-7)
First round, West Region; Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 9:50 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Wolverines might be the hottest team in the country, winning five straight to cap the regular season and four more to capture the Big Ten Tournament title. Montana is seeking its first NCAA Tournament win since 2006.
NEW YORK (AP) — Michigan was the best team in the Big Ten Conference at tournament time last year, and things aren't changing.
Mo Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points after a dreadful first half and fifth-seeded Michigan moved within a game of its second straight Big Ten Tournament title with a 75-64 victory over top-seeded Michigan State on Saturday, ending the No. 2 ranked Spartans' 13-game winning streak.
New York – Michigan State got the second chance it was hoping for against Michigan.
But instead of avenging its most recent loss, it was the Wolverines that were busy validating the belief they're the best team in the state and might be on their way to a second straight Big Ten tournament championship.
New York — The Madison Square Garden spotlight has seemingly brought out a different side of fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson.
During the regular season, it was uncommon for Robinson to show much emotion or celebrate after knocking down a big-time basket for Michigan.
But whenever the Wolverines have needed a crucial shot in the Big Ten tournament, Robinson has been there to deliver — complete with an emphatic chest thump or two.
New York – Michigan was craving another crack at Nebraska.
The Wolverines got their long-awaited shot on Friday and didn't miss, using another stifling defensive effort and a dominant first half to roll to a 77-58 victory in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Moritz Wagner and Duncan Robinson shouldered the load and combined for 57 points for Michigan (26-7), which avenged its 72-52 regular-season loss two months ago in Nebraska.
New York — Michigan appeared to be on the brink of an early exit in the Big Ten tournament.
The Wolverines were plagued by foul trouble, couldn't hit a 3-pointer in the first half and had no momentum heading into halftime.
Then they squandered a six-point lead with 2:09 left in regulation as Iowa forced overtime.
NEW YORK (AP) — With Michigan's stars saddled with foul trouble, and the shots just not falling, the 15th-ranked Wolverines got a lift from their senior sixth man to survive their Big Ten Tournament opener.
Duncan Robinson made Michigan's only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the Wolverines overcame an assortment of issues to beat Iowa 77-71 on Thursday to move on to the quarterfinals.
Ann Arbor — Stop if you've heard this before, but Michigan coach John Beilein has his team hitting its stride at just the right time.
It has seemingly become an annual trend under Beilein when the postseason rolls around. While some teams may level off or become complacent, he manages to find a way to continually extract and squeeze the best out of the Wolverines.
Following a solid junior campaign, Michigan center Moritz Wagner was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the league's coaches and media on Monday.
Wagner, who was preseason All-Big Ten selection, led the Wolverines in scoring (14.4 points) and rebounds (7.2) while ranking in the top 15 in the conference in field-goal percentage (53.6 percent, tied 13th) and 3-point shooting (40.9 percent, tied 13th).
Robinson leads No. 17 Wolverines over Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — John Beilein has always coveted the type of player with near-limitless energy reserve who can provide a scoring spark off the bench.
Michigan's coach has found his man this year.
Duncan Robinson supported No. 17 Michigan's starters with 19 points and helped the Wolverines beat Penn State 72-63 on Wednesday night.
University Park, Pa. — Michigan coach John Beilein knew if his team was going to beat Penn State, it was going to have to be at its best.
The Wolverines' bench and defense certainly rose to the occasion.
After a shaky start to the second half, Michigan was to recover and power past Penn State, 72-63, behind 32 combined points from reserves Duncan Robinson and Jordan Poole Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
"Senior Day" signals the closing of one momentous chapter in a young player's life and the beginning of another.
It celebrates the accomplishments that have taken place in a years-long journey and the lasting imprint that will be left behind.
Ann Arbor — It's closing time for Michigan.
More importantly, it's the time of the year where the veteran Wolverines need to start taking the reins and kicking it into another gear with the regular-season winding down.
It's a transition that's starting to come to fruition with fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who hear the clock winding down on their careers.
Ann Arbor — It's more of an echo than an alarm. But the good news for Duncan Robinson is that the voices inside his head don't sound much different than ones everyone else hears.
In fact, they all carry the same message. And it's really just a simple request.
"Shoot the ball, shoot the ball, shoot the ball," Michigan coach John Beilein said.
Robinson scores 18 as Wolverines beat Hawkeyes 74-59
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Lately, Duncan Robinson has found himself pondering his legacy.
Senior co-captains Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 18 points to help No. 22 Michigan beat Iowa 74-59 on Wednesday night. It was a win that both young men looked at as another stepping stone toward greater achievements.
Ann Arbor – With No. 8 Ohio State on tap and a pair of tough road games looming, Michigan was looking to build some momentum heading into the closing stretch of the regular season.
Fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson made sure the Wolverines got rolling in the right direction.
Robinson continued his recent 3-point resurgence and Michigan withstood a hot start from Iowa to take care of business with a 74-59 victory Wednesday at Crisler Center.
Madison, Wis. — There are places that have been unkind to Michigan.
And then there's the Kohl Center, where leaving with a loss has been the norm for quite some time.
The Wolverines bucked the trend and hung on to beat Wisconsin, 83-72, Sunday to leave Madison with just their second win since 2000.
Hot-shooting 1st half helps No. 20 Michigan beat Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Duncan Robinson earned his first start in a month after putting on a 3-point shooting clinic at practice.
He rewarded coach John Beilein's trust and kept hitting from long distance in the first half against Wisconsin.
ANN ARBOR Before Saturdays game at Michigan, Richard Pitino sat comfortably on the bench watching his players during warmups.
The Gophers fifth-year coach then walked around talking with Michigan fans and the opposing team.
Pitino didnt seem like a coach feeling the pressure of a late-season slide and his players reflected that calm demeanor on the court until the very end.
Ann Arbor — It's a stat not often seen in the box score following a 40-minute game: one assist.
Fifth-year senior forward Duncan Robinson can't recall ever playing in a game where a team finished with a number so low and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman didn't even realize it till afterward.
No. 23 Michigan rebounds with 62-47 win over Rutgers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein and Michigan are ready for a much-needed breather.
Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift the 23rd-ranked Wolverines to a 62-47 victory over Rutgers on Sunday. It was the fourth game in nine days for Michigan, which rebounded nicely from a 20-point loss at Nebraska on Thursday.
Ann Arbor — It was far from pretty, but it got the job done.
Coming off a 20-point thumping at Nebraska, No. 23 Michigan's offense puttered along and did enough to wipe out the bitter taste by taking care of Rutgers, 62-47, in grind-it-out fashion Sunday at Crisler Center.
Ann Arbor — By no means is Michigan fifth-year senior co-captain Duncan Robinson thrilled with the recent lineup change that has him coming off the bench after freshman Isaiah Livers assumed his role in the starting five.
Michigan’s Isaiah Livers deals with jitters, Jaren Jackson in first start
East Lansing – Freshman forward Isaiah Livers admitted he hasn't gotten pre-game jitters in a long time.
And that was after Michigan's 82-72 road win over No. 4 Michigan State in front of a packed and rowdy crowd at the Breslin Center on Saturday.
In arguably Michigan's biggest game of the season, Livers earned his first start due to the matchup and his recent stretch of play, replacing fifth-year senior Duncan Robinson in the lineup at the four.
Michigan beats Iowa 75-68
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michigan has leaned heavily on its starters all season.
But Big Blue got a huge lift from its bench on Tuesday night — an encouraging sign now that Big Ten play has resumed.
Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 15 points and Michigan beat host Iowa 75-68, extending its winning streak to six games.
Wagner not sharp in return, but Beilein encouraged
Ann Arbor — Michigan coach John Beilein was just glad junior center Moritz Wagner could make a basket.
Wagner returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 12 in Saturday's 76-51 nonconference finale win over Jacksonville after missing the past two games with a right foot and ankle injury.
As expected after a long layoff, Wagner was far from sharp and finished with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting, six rebounds, four turnovers, two blocks and an assist in 20 minutes.
Ann Arbor — Michigan closed out 2017 with one final tune-up before switching gears and diving back into Big Ten play.
And it was far from pretty.
The Wolverines fought through a sloppy start to win their fifth straight by topping Jacksonville, 76-51, in the nonconference finale Saturday at Crisler Center.
Abdur-Rahkman leads Wolverines past Dolphins 76-51
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 20 points and Michigan extended its winning streak to a season-high five games with a 76-51 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday.
Charles Matthews added 18 points, Duncan Robinson scored 12 and Jordan Poole netted 10 points for the Wolverines (12-3).
JD Notae paced the Dolphins (5-10) with 22 points, while Jay Hinton scored 11.
Matthews leads Michigan past winless Alabama A&M, 97-47
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Charles Matthews believes he finally has the Michigan offense down pat, and it's looking like that is going to be bad news for opponents.
Matthews scored 22 of his season-high 31 points in the first half and Michigan routed Alabama A&M 97-47 on Thursday night.
"I think he's starting to understand how it all fits together," Michigan coach John Beilein said.
Michigan rolls to 90-58 win over Detroit Mercy
DETROIT (AP) — With its top big man out injured, Michigan overwhelmed Detroit Mercy with defense and outside shooting.
Charles Matthews had 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Wolverines went on a 19-0 run in the first half on the way to a 90-58 rout of the Titans on Saturday. Michigan was without big man Moe Wagner, who sat out with a sprained ankle, but the Wolverines made 11 3-pointers, and their defense held Detroit Mercy to 33 percent shooting from the field.
Wagner-less Wolverines dismantle Titans in blowout
Detroit – No Moritz Wagner, no problem.
Wagner, Michigan's leading scorer, missed his first game as a starter with a right ankle injury, but the Wolverines didn't miss a beat.
Michigan used a sound defensive effort and 31-6 run to close out the first half to overwhelm Detroit Mercy, 90-58, in the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase Saturday at Little Caesars Arena.
Lahaina, Hawaii — Moritz Wagner saved his best for last at the Maui Invitational.
Michigan's 6-foot-11, 245-pound junior scored a 3-point play on a drive to the basket to break the final tie of the game, then added a 3-pointer with 13 seconds to go in the Wolverines 68-60 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the fifth-place game Wednesday afternoon.
Michigan beats VCU 68-60 for fifth in Maui
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — An opening loss put a damper on Michigan's trip Maui, leaving no chance of returning with a championship. The Wolverines could at least win two of three games and that's just what they did with a gritty performance for fifth place.
Moritz Wagner scored six points during Michigan's closing 11-0 run, helping the Wolverines beat VCU 68-60 on Wednesday for fifth place in the Maui Invitational.
Ann Arbor — The Wolverines haven't made it easy on themselves.
After needing a pair of second-half surges to make up for first-half struggles its first two games, Michigan couldn't buck the trend on Thursday night.
But the Wolverines averted disaster once again, using a career night from sophomore center Jon Teske and a 15-0 second-half run to topple Southern Miss, 61-47, at Crisler Center in the first meeting between the teams.
Ann Arbor — Another game, another less than ideal start.
Michigan found itself in an all-too-familiar situation for the second straight game having to dig out of an early hole during a lackluster first half.
But the Wolverines' offense was able to wake out of its slumber in time to do just enough to survive Central Michigan, 72-65, on Monday night at Crisler Center in the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 29, 2012.
Abdur-Rahkman scores 17 points in Michigan’s 72-65 win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach John Beilein knew that Central Michigan posed a threat in Monday night's game at Crisler Center.
Despite getting all it could handle from the visiting Chippewas, Michigan finally created enough separation in a 72-65 win.
"I love their style and they have a good mix, a lot like us," Beilein said. "It's a little of our own medicine there. They shot the ball extremely well from 3, ran some good stuff early. We made some adjustments."
UM pulls away late to win opener vs. North Florida
Ann Arbor — It was supposed to be a celebratory night for Michigan.
The Wolverines received their Big Ten Tournament title rings and raised the championship banner to the rafters prior to Saturday's regular-season opener.
But North Florida nearly crashed the party.
Michigan needed to use a second-half surge to overcome a lethargic first half and knock off North Florida, 86-66, at Crisler Center in the first meeting between the teams.