OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors hope Jordan Poole might provide a much-needed scoring punch as a rookie. Ideally, Eric Paschall, too.
Michigan’s Brazdeikis staying in draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Iggy Brazdeikis is staying in the NBA draft.
The basketball program announced his decision Tuesday. The school announced last month that Brazdeikis,...
Michigan says Jordan Poole staying in draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan says guard Jordan Poole is staying in the NBA draft.
The school announced earlier this month that Poole, Charles Matthews and Iggy Brazdeikis were declaring...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Charles Matthews, Iggy Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole are declaring for the NBA draft, although they can still come back to the Wolverines.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan's biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators' lockdown defense.
No. 9 Michigan beats Nebraska 82-53 in home finale
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — For the first time all season, Michigan needed to change its starting lineup.
Poole has 22 points, No. 7 Michigan beats Minnesota 69-60
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If there's a weakness for these Michigan Wolverines to be worried about, it's lurking behind the 3-point line.
Jordan Poole and Jon Teske swished aside the concern for at...
Simpson’s triple-double lifts No. 5 Michigan over Ohio State
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kaleb Wesson was alone behind the defense, with a chance for an easy dunk or layup.
Zavier Simpson — 9 inches shorter — never gave up on the play.
"He just competes," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "He's relentless in his desire to win."
No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten, beats No. 21 Indiana 74-63
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan got Indiana's best players in foul trouble in the opening minutes and took full advantage, building a cushion it used to stay undefeated.
Charles Matthew scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help the second-ranked Wolverines build a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the 21st-ranked Hoosiers 74-63 victory Sunday.
No. 2 Michigan still unbeaten after beating Penn State 68-55
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole is noticing some extra attention from opposing defenses now.
"I think today was the first time that I was actually being denied the ball on the perimeter, so it was something that I had to adjust to," the Michigan sophomore said. "But we know that we were able to read the coverages. I think that's something that really started to get us going later in the second half."
No. 5 Michigan stays unbeaten, tops South Carolina 89-78
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a simple explanation for why Michigan's Jordan Poole is so tough to defend.
"He makes the easy shots, and he makes the hard shots," Martin said.
No. 5 Michigan holds off Northwestern for 62-60 win
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Poole and Michigan finally faced some adversity Tuesday night.
Pushed right to the very end, they delivered.
Poole made two big plays in the last 2 1/2 minutes and Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 of his 23 points in the second half to help the fifth-ranked Wolverines hold off Northwestern for a 62-60 victory.
"I feel like a game like this brings us even more together, more chemistry, more everything," Brazdeikis said. "So this was really important for us."
Poole scores 21, No. 7 Michigan beats No. 19 Purdue 76-57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter called timeouts twice in the opening 10 minutes, desperately trying to slow Michigan down.
It didn't work.
Jordan Poole scored 21 points as part of a balanced offense and the seventh-ranked Wolverines were stingy on defense in a 76-57 win over the 19th-ranked Boilermakers on Saturday, routing a third ranked team this season.
No. 7 Michigan rolls past No. 11 North Carolina 84-67
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — After 40 minutes of poised offense and smothering defense by Michigan, North Carolina coach Roy Williams was at the end of his wits.
"As a coach, I feel like I've done the worst job with this team in 31 years as a head coach, but give Michigan the credit," Williams said. "They made the tougher plays."
No. 18 Michigan, Providence win in Tip-Off tournament semis
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Michigan coach John Beilein was concerned his Wolverines might suffer a letdown against George Washington after a blowout victory over No. 8 Villanova on the road.
There was still a tinge of worry during the first half of Saturday's semifinal of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off tournament when GW (0-4) cut an 18-point Wolverine lead to six.
Michigan routs Villanova in championship rematch
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Charles Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova 73-46 in a national championship game rematch Wednesday night.
Villanova captured its second title in three years with a 79-62 victory over Michigan in April but was completely overmatched in the second game at its newly renovated Pavilion.
Eric Paschall scored 10 points and Phil Booth had nine for the Wildcats (2-1).
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.
It didn't take long for Ibi Watson to find a new landing spot.
Less than two weeks after Watson announced his intentions to leave the Michigan basketball program, the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing posted Wednesday on Twitter that he'll be heading closer to home and transferring to Dayton.
"I'm extremely blessed to announce that I am going to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Dayton. Go Flyers!" Watson tweeted.
The postseason success of the Michigan men's basketball team, particularly its NCAA Tournament run to the title game, generated considerable buzz among the Michigan fan base, which has an extended reach across the country.
San Antonio — Jordan Poole's bloodshot eyes told the story.
There was the pain and sorrow of walking off the confetti-strewn court, hearing the jubilant celebration from the locker room and falling one win short of Michigan's second national title in program history after being blitzed by Villanova.
But there was also the burning desire and determination to take the heartache, bottle it up and never forget what it feels like to come so close — yet so far — to reaching the mountaintop.
Los Angeles — Jordan Poole was bracing for advanced calculus. What he got instead was basic arithmetic. Ditto Isaiah Livers, his freshman teammate who arrived on campus in Ann Arbor as Michigan's Mr. Basketball, ready to learn something new in college.
Each of them thought they knew what to expect from the Wolverines' head coach, John Beilein, widely regarded as one of college basketball's best offensive minds.
Ann Arbor — It was NFL Pro Day at Michigan on Friday, and while the former Wolverines have been busy preparing themselves for workouts and scrutiny, they also have been watching the Michigan basketball team's NCAA Tournament run.
Quarterback John O'Korn, who transferred to Michigan from Houston, was particularly grateful for Jordan Poole's game-winning shot with no time left against Houston on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16.
Los Angeles — If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire team to win the game.
And without Michigan's bench, there's no question where the Wolverines would be.
"Clearly our season would be over with if somebody didn't hit a big shot the way he did," red-shirt sophomore wing Charles Matthews said Tuesday with a smile in the L.A. Clippers locker room, referring to freshman guard Jordan Poole's winning 3-pointer against Houston in the second round.
Sometimes it takes one prayer, and sometimes it takes a few. Just ask Michigan's Jordan Poole, or Loyola-Chicago's suddenly famous Sister Jean, each capable of throwing up momentous prayers.
Eventually, it takes plays and players. For all the giddy upsets and buzzer-beaters in the NCAA Tournament, for all the hyperventilating about the hyphenated heroes from Maryland-Baltimore County and Illinois- Chicago, there are plenty of bluebloods still alive in the Sweet 16.
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.
Ann Arbor — Jordan Poole hasn't turned down an opportunity to watch replays of the biggest shot of his career, a 25-foot game-winner with no time left to send Michigan to the Sweet Sixteen.
Poole’s shot for Michigan draws comparisons to Burke’s
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole made his buzzer beater with one good eye.
The Michigan freshman wore protective glasses when he met with reporters on Tuesday, less than 72 hours after his last-second 3-pointer gave the Wolverines a victory over Houston and sent them to the Sweet 16. Poole said he was poked in the right eye during the game.
John Niyo and James Hawkins preview the UM-Texas A&M game and Matt Charboneau looks ahead to MSU's future plans.
Here are some of the highlights from The Detroit News' College Basketball Show.
► :30: Matt Charboneau on MSU's 55-53 loss against Syracuse
Now that the NCAA Tournament field has been reduced to 16 teams, Michigan has the fourth-best odds (tied with Kentucky) to win the national championship.
VegasInsider.com says Michigan and Kentucky are 7-1 to claim the title, following Villanova (18-5), Duke (4-1) and Kansas (6-1).
Michigan's opponent in the Sweet 16, Texas A&M, has 30-1 odds.
Michigan advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating Houston on Saturday night on Jordan Poole's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Wichita, Kan. — Michigan junior center Moritz Wagner couldn't help but shake his head and offer a wry smile.
Twenty minutes earlier, the Wolverines were on the brink of disappointment and seconds from having their postseason aspirations crushed in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Wichita, Kan. – Junior center Moritz Wagner was among the throng of Wolverines chasing down freshman Jordan Poole in a euphoric celebration.
Poole had just hit the winning 3-pointer as time expired to save third-seeded Michigan and stamp its ticket to the Sweet 16 in a thrilling 64-63 win over No. 6 seed Houston Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena.
Jordan Poole, Michigan freshman, unlikely hero with last-second winner vs. Houston
No. 3 Michigan beat No. 6 Houston 64-63 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on a last-second 3-pointer by freshman guard Jordan Poole.
Poole previously had scored five points in 10 minutes off the bench, but he nonetheless was the beneficiary of the play Michigan coach John Beilein called, known as "Indiana" to the Wolverines.
Michigan advanced to meet either No. 2 North Carolina or No. 7 Texas AM in the Sweet 16.
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.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Michigan freshman Jordan Poole drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Sweet 16, giving the third-seeded Wolverines a heart-stopping 64-63 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.
NCAA Latest: Poole hits 3 at buzzer to give Michigan win
The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
Freshman guard Jordan Poole squared up and drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving third-seeded Michigan a heart-stopping 64-63 victory over No. 6 seed Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.
Follow along here for live updates from Geoff Robinson as Michigan faces Houston on Saturday in a second-round NCAA Tournament game at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Wichita, Kan. — Michigan freshman guard Jordan Poole simply can't help himself. When he gets the hot hand and hits a couple 3-pointers in a row, he typically ends up unleashing his emotion and throwing up hand signals to the crowd.
Freshman forward Isaiah Livers said he thinks the gestures have something to do with his hometown. Redshirt sophomore forward Charles Matthews said he believes it's in relation to the No. 3.
College Park, Md. — The Poole is open for business.
Over the last three games, freshman guard Jordan Poole has been a consistent spark off the bench for Michigan and scored in double figures, including 12 first-half points in Saturday's 85-61 rout at Maryland.
The reason for the increased production is simple: He's earning more trust and more minutes.
College Park, Md. – Michigan rained all over Maryland's parade.
The Wolverines used a 3-point barrage and a career day from senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to dismantle Maryland, 85-61, in the regular-season finale Saturday at Xfinity Center.
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.
Ann Arbor — Michigan found itself in control with a double-digit lead over Ohio State in the second half.
This time around, the Wolverines flipped the script and avenged their crushing loss earlier this season with a 74-62 victory over the Buckeyes in front of a sellout crowd in Sunday's home finale at Crisler Center. Ohio State's loss gives Michigan State a full-game lead in Big Ten standings.
No. 22 Michigan tops No. 8 Ohio St 74-62, helps other rival
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole went on a scoring tear, sending Michigan's seniors out with a win in their last home game.
The freshman guard came off the bench and scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help the 22nd-ranked Wolverines take the lead, and they never trailed in the second half of a 74-62 win over No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday.
"We're starting where they're ending," Poole said. "Them going out on a great note, especially against a Top 10 rivalry team, it's awesome."
Ann Arbor — Freshman guard Jordan Poole calls himself "The Microwave" for his ability to quickly heat up and scorch the net in a moment's notice.
And as Michigan nears the midway point of the Big Ten season, coach John Beilein is trying to find a way to add to Poole's timer.
Ann Arbor — There wasn't much time for Michigan to savor its biggest win of the season.
Two days after topping rival Michigan State, the No. 23 Wolverines quickly went back to work for the first time after cracking the Associated Press Top 25 rankings this season and the tired legs showed.
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.
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.