Frank Martin understands what it means to try to build a basketball program when the in-state rival contends each year for the national championship.
Three games remain in the regular season for Michigan, and the Wolverines sit alone in first place in the conference standings.
Champ: John Beilein for leading Michigan over their second win this season against rival Michigan State and taking a lead in the Big Ten.
Jordan Morgan basked in the glow of his sixth victory over Michigan State in four seasons — an unthinkable total for so many Michigan players before him.
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Caris LeVert scored 14 points for Michigan in the first half, when no other player on the team even sniffed double digits, and he scored even more down the stretch.
Relevant on a national scale, the Wolverines look even stronger in their own state.
Unlike Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Michigan coach John Beilein uses Twitter, and like Izzo, Beilein does not appear to be a huge fan of the social media site.
Now the ball’s in your court, Sparty.
There was a whole lot to like about Michigan’s 70-60 win at Ohio State on Tuesday night.