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Northwestern 82, Michigan 78-7
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Notebook: Max Bielfeldt to start on Senior Day, Derrick Walton ‘doubtful’ for Big Ten Tournament

Michigan’s lone senior wasn’t supposed to be playing his last game at the Crisler Center until next year. A reclassification means the center’s time in Ann Arbor will end Saturday, but it comes with quite the perk: Max Bielfeldt will start against Rutgers and likely command a majority of minutes at his position.

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Michigan 64, Ohio State 57-21
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Notebook: Maryland’s Melo Trimble ‘plays like a senior;’ Derrick Walton will travel

John Beilein previewed Michigan’s upcoming road test at Maryland on Friday afternoon. The Wolverine head coach discussed the matchup difficulties with Melo Trimble, Derrick Walton’s improving health and Caris LeVert’s NBA feedback process during his press conference.

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Illinois 64, Michigan 52 (OT) -10
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Notebook: Wolverines intent on slowing Michigan State’s transition offense

Michigan will hope to improve its transition defense in Tuesday’s rivalry rematch with Michigan State while searching for a solution to stop Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, who is shooting 49% from long distance of the Spartans’ last four games.

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Michigan 54, Iowa 72-29
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Notebook: Wolverines hold players-only meeting to regroup

After Michigan’s 18-point loss to Iowa on Feb. 5 put its NCAA tournament hopes on life support, the team’s captains decided enough was enough. The Wolverines held a players-only meeting in the video room to discuss, in part, the effort being exhibited in crucial situations. The message?

“We have to get out of our comfort zone,” recalled Max Bielfeldt.

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Michigan 54, Iowa 72-8
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Notebook: John Beilein says Michigan ‘scrambling’ to move forward

“We are scrambling just to find some ways to move forward as a program and still win the next game,” he said. “Some of it will work, but you just can’t sit there and do nothing.”

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Michigan 58, Nebraska 44 - #3
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Notebook: Derrick Walton’s absence creating defensive issues

“We have to get stops,” John Beilein said Tuesday. “We’ve got to have a guy that can shut down their best guy. When Denzel Valentine had it going, [someone] who we can go to and say, ‘You’ve got Valentine. Keep him away.’ ”

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Michigan 58, Nebraska 44 - #14
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Notebook: Michigan will ‘find out what Big Ten basketball is all about’ in East Lansing

Only four active players on Michigan’s roster have ever played at Michigan State and one of the four, Derrick Walton, remains questionable with a foot injury. The rest of Michigan’s roster will learn quickly what the rivalry is all about on Sunday.

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Wisconsin 69, Michigan 64 - #30
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Notebook: Offensively challenged Michigan preparing for stingy Nebraska ‘D’

“We just went from the frying pan to the fire here with Wisconsin and now Nebraska,” said Michigan coach John Beilein on a teleconference Monday morning. “Just two teams that really are hard to score on.”

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Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT) -25
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Notebook: Wolverines getting healthy, need to ‘hang in there’ against Wisconsin

John Beilein discussed the challenges involved with stopping Wisconsin’s offense while updating the injury report ahead of Saturday’s ESPN GameDay clash against the Badgers. Andrew Dakich also discussed the decision to burn his redshirt and enter the game at Rutgers on Tuesday.

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Michigan 62, Minnesota 57 - #22
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Notebook: Caris LeVert, first-place Wolverines prepare for road test at Ohio State

Tuesday’s game at Ohio State means more to Caris LeVert and Mark Donnal, the only two players on the Michigan roster from the state of Ohio. LeVert is from Pickerington and went to Pickerington High School Central, where he won the state title in 2012. On that team was Jae’Sean Tate, who now averages 6.7 points off the bench as a freshman for the Buckeyes.

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Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT) -19
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Notebook: John Beilein applauds Ricky Doyle’s progress

John Beilein discussed Michigan’s upcoming trip to Penn State (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) and the progress of Michigan’s young players including big man Ricky Doyle. Beilein also spoke on the importance of embracing adversity from top to bottom.

“Everyone, the coaching staff and the veterans, have to continue to find a way to embrace adversity,” Beilein said. “This is truly a different team than we’ve had the last couple of years. Wins are going to be very challenging.”

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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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