For the second consecutive year, Michigan has backed itself into a corner in mid-December. The Wolverines have a couple of nice victories, but they also have four losses to just six wins including a pair of ugly home defeats. Michigan can’t fall any further before the start of conference play and a win over SMU could provide the needed jolt of confidence to start to turn things around in Ann Arbor.

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Villanova 60, Michigan 55 - #25
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Notebook: Ricky Doyle earns start, SMU’s Markus Kennedy travels with team

It seems as if Michigan will get its wish of facing a high-caliber opponent: Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound junior center, will reportedly make the trip to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines will also have a shift in their lineup as Ricky Doyle is expected to earn the first start of his college career.

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John Beilein previews SMU, discusses decision to start Ricky Doyle
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Video: John Beilein previews SMU, discusses likelihood of starting Ricky Doyle

John Beilein discussed a change to the Wolverines’ starting five, gave an injury update on guard Derrick Walton and addressed Michigan’s recent struggles.

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Michigan 68, Syracuse 65 - #10
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Notebook: Ricky Doyle could start versus SMU

Ricky Doyle could start against SMU on Saturday, Caris LeVert is holding his ground as a consensus first-round pick and the status of SMU stars Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy is up in the air ahead of Saturday’s matchup.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Non-Conference Edition

The start of Big Ten play is just two weeks away, so we’re tipping off our 2014-15 Big Ten Power Rankings a bit early. In this week’s rankings we run-down how various Big Ten teams have performed throughout the non-conference season and attempt to sort out the confusion in the conference pecking order after the first two spots while focusing on Ohio State’s zone defense, Michigan’s timeout efficiency, Purdue’s post-up game and Indiana’s halfcourt offense.

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Eastern Michigan 45, Michigan 42-3
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Michigan has been here before, but turnaround won’t be easy

The last six years of Michigan basketball have been littered with slumps and tough losses, but it will be difficult for Michigan to dig out from underneath its recent three game losing streak to NJIT, EMU and Arizona.

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Eastern Michigan 45, Michigan 42-23
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Centers ‘still thinking out there’ as Michigan struggles inside

Assistant coach Bacari Alexander told the trio of Doyle, Mark Donnal and Max Bielfeldt that he hoped they’d combine for 15 points and 15 rebounds per game. But over the last three contests, the group has averaged just 10 points and five boards as Michigan has struggled inside.

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Five Key Plays: Michigan at Arizona

On Saturday night, No. 3 Arizona embarrassed the Michigan basketball team, 80-53, and it wasn’t pretty. How did it fall apart so quickly?

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Blowout loss at Arizona is a “great reality check for everyone”

It wasn’t an ideal response from a team that needed an encouraging performance following losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan. Rather, the Wolverines were outclassed in nearly every facet of the game. John Beilein called the loss a ‘reality check’ and a reminder of how much work his young team still has to do.

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Game 10: Michigan at Arizona Recap

Limping and slumping, Michigan ran head first into a buzz saw at the McKale Center in Tucson on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines were met by a bigger, stronger, more athletic and simply better opponent. While Michigan was able to hold on for parts of the first half, trailing by just 11 points at the break, eventually the Wildcats ran the Wolverines out of the gym for an 80-53 victory.

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John Beilein reacts to blow out loss at Arizona
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Video: John Beilein reacts to blow out loss at Arizona

John Beilein met with reporters outside Michigan’s locker room after the Wolverines suffered a 27 points loss to the Arizona Wildcats. Beilein praised the Wildcats and preached patince, emphasizing that his young Michigan team needs time to grow.

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