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Game 29: Michigan at Northwestern Preview

Northwestern has lost quite a few games since the last meeting — the loss in Ann Arbor was game four of a 10 game losing streak — but it also put together its longest Big Ten winning streak in decades. The Wildcats four-game winning streak was sent hurtling back to reality on Saturday with a 26 point loss at Illinois, but it’s clear there’s a different energy around Chris Collins’ program headed down the stretch.

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Game 28: Michigan at Maryland Recap

Playing on the road with a shorthanded roster against one of the league’s top teams, Michigan wasn’t going to leave with a win by playing it safe. But this loss came down to John Beilein sticking to a pair of high-risk decisions for just a little bit too long.

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Michigan 64, Ohio State 57-27
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Game 27: Ohio State at Michigan Recap

Late in a season that’s been anything but, Michigan played a perfect first half on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines outscored their rivals to the south 39-23 in the opening period and had positive contributions across the board.

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Michigan State 80, Michigan 67-21
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Game 26: Michigan State at Michigan Recap

Michigan has shown admirable fight over the last two months, but the injuries, flaws and youth are finally starting to catch up to it. The Wolverines ran headfirst into a buzz-saw on Tuesday night when they met a Michigan State roster that wasn’t just more talented, but loaded with players that had never won a game in Ann Arbor.

The Spartans dominated Michigan in its own gym on Tuesday evening.

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Game 25: Michigan at Illinois Recap

Since Caris LeVert’s injury, Michigan has now lost to Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois in overtime and by three at Indiana. But this one hurt just a little bit more. For the first time during that stretch, Michigan wasn’t fighting to comeback and tie the game, it was in control and let the game slip away.

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Game 24: Michigan at Indiana Recap

Michigan’s Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall followed a familiar script. The Wolverines scrapped and clawed through 40 minutes of basketball against a more talented team and then came up just short in the end.

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Game 23: Iowa at Michigan Recap

After four encouraging performances since losing Caris LeVert, Michigan was blown out at home on Thursday evening. The Wolverines had no answer for Iowa’s size or 2-3 zone and played their worst defensive game under John Beilein.

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Game 22: Michigan at Michigan State Recap

Michigan’s two best players were sitting on the bench in walking boots, but the Wolverines still managed to take Michigan State to overtime at the Breslin Center on Sunday afternoon. While Michigan ran out of gas in overtime, being outscored 10-0 by the Spartans in the extra period, it was an impressive effort from a Michigan team that played two walk-ons and four freshmen in one of the country’s most hostile arenas.

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Game 21: Nebraska at Michigan Recap

It took 20 minutes, but Michigan finally looked like Michigan again in the second half of its 14 point home victory over Nebraska. Even if the names and faces were still unfamiliar. The Wolverines were without Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton and Mark Donnal, but were still able to knock off the Huskers in a comfortable 58-44 win.

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Game 20: Wisconsin at Michigan Recap

Michigan gave Wisconsin everything it could handle on Saturday evening, but the Badgers had too much talent despite Derrick Walton’s heroics down the stretch. Walton’s three-pointer with one second remaining sent the game to overtime, but a 6-0 Wisconsin run in the extra period knocked out the Wolverines.

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Michigan 56, Northwestern 54-23
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Game 18: Northwestern at Michigan Recap

Michigan needed a bit of luck, but managed to escape with a 56-54 home victory over Northwestern on Saturday night thanks to clutch performances from Caris LeVert, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Derrick Walton.

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Game 17: Michigan at Ohio State Recap

After winning three of its first four Big Ten games, Tuesday’s trip to Columbus was supposed to be an opportunity for Michigan to prove how much it has improved since December. Instead, it was a harsh reminder of just how far the Wolverines have to go.

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