Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) shoots over Tulsa's Pat Birt (11) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Michigan won 67-62. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Michigan hitting the weight room hard this offseason with “Camp Sanderson”

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One of the secret strength’s of Michigan’s program under John Beilein has been the summer strength and conditioning program. Under strength coach Jon Sanderson, “Camp Sanderson” has gained a lot of traction thanks to huge gains from NBA draft picks at Michigan like Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert.

The program is in place once again this offseason and a few players appear to be making the most out of the time in the weight room. According to Beilein’s radio show “Huge Show,” some returning players are making positive gains.

“It’s hard to be tough when, physically, your strength is not there yet,” he said. “Duncan Robinson is a stronger kid than he was (last year) at this time. D.J. Wilson is stronger. Zak Irvin had nothing going.

“It’s tough sometimes being perceived as being tough when, right now, your strength is not at the level of the other guys. Another year in the weight room? See how tough we are.”

As noted in a story from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Irvin was injured last offseason as he was recovering from back surgery. Now that the senior guard has another full offseason to work on his body, it’ll be interesting to see how that translates in his senior year.

Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer also noted that Duncan Robinson is now up to 215 pounds, which should help the floor-spacing forward play more inside next season.

Irvin and Robinson will be two of the key players for the Wolverines next season and if both of those guys are rolling as scorers, then Michigan could surprise some people in the Big Ten. Health will be a huge part of that, however, as the injury bug has been biting the Michigan program the last few seasons.

(H/T: Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press)

Michigan lands former Kentucky guard Matthews

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 09:  Charles Matthews #4 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball in the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on February 9, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Having already received a commitment from four-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Jordan Poole, Michigan has added another perimeter prospect who could potentially help them on the court in 2017. NBC Sports confirmed Monday night that former Kentucky guard Charles Matthews has decided to transfer to Michigan. News of Matthews’ decision was first reported by ESPN.com.

Matthews, a Chicago native who played sparingly in his lone season at Kentucky, will have three seasons of eligibility after he sits out the 2016-17 campaign.

Matthews can spend the upcoming season enhancing his skill set while learning John Beilein’s offensive system, and he’ll do so practicing against upperclassmen such as rising senior Zak Irvin and rising junior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman. Matthews, who adds length and athleticism on the wing for Michigan, played just over ten minutes per game as a freshman last season.

With Kentucky bringing in another loaded recruiting class that included guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, as well as the return of Isaiah Briscoe, Matthews was facing another tough fight for minutes had he remained in Lexington for another season.

Before picking Michigan Matthews was also considering Xavier as a possible destination, and he visited both campuses this month.

No. 6 Notre Dame gets by No. 11 Michigan

Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia (32), Bonzie Colson (35) and V.J. Beachem (3) talk during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in New York. Notre Dame won 70-63. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Notre Dame received some clutch late shots from V.J. Beachem as the No. 6 seed Fighting Irish advanced with a 70-63 win over No. 11 seed Michigan in the East Region.

Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Notre Dame (22-11) made a late rally as Beachem made a go-ahead 3-pointer and followed it up with a tough mid-range runner on the next possession to make it a five-point lead.

Beachem finished with a team-high 18 points for Notre Dame while Bonzie Colson had 12, Demetrius Jackson had 11 and Zach Auguste finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Michigan (23-13) couldn’t hit enough 3-pointers to stay with Notre Dame as they were 10-for-27 (37 percent) for the game. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 15 points to lead the Wolverines while Derrick Walton added 10 points, eight assists and six steals.

Notre Dame moves on to face No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin after the Lumberjacks shocked No. 3 seed West Virginia in the opening round. That East Region game will tip on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. with a trip to Philadelphia on the line.

Hammons helps No. 13 Purdue advance to Big Ten final

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) is fouled as he shoots under Purdue forward Vince Edwards (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Purdue defeated Michigan 76-59. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Hammons had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 13 Purdue beat Michigan 76-59 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship.

Hammons made 11 of 17 shots, mostly from inside. Vince Edwards added 13 points, and Isaac Haas finished with 11.

Next up for Purdue (26-7) is the winner of the second semifinal between Michigan State and Maryland. The Boilermakers are seeking their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2009.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan with 15 points. Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 points and Zak Irvin had 11.

Eighth-seeded Michigan (22-12) was playing its third game in three days.

SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 6 Maryland survives, bubble teams avoid bad losses

Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) and forward Desi Rodriguez (20) celebrate a 3-point shot by Whitehead during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgetown, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Washington. Seton Hall won 72-64. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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GAME OF THE DAY: Colgate 93, Loyola (MD) 90 (OT)

An Austin Tillotson half-court shot as time expired gave the Raiders a three-point win on Senior Day. Tillotson, who finished with 20 points, hit the game-winner just seconds after Loyola’s Andre Walker tied the game at 90 with a three-pointer of his own. Walker finished with 22 points and Eric Laster 26 for the Greyhounds, with Colgate also receiving solid performances from Alex Ramon, Sean O’Brien (18 points apiece) and Tom Rivard (17 points).

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 6 Maryland 86, Michigan 82: The Terrapins had their struggles with turnovers and dealing with Michigan’s Mark Donnal in ball screen situations, but they were able to do enough to pull out the victory in College Park. Robert Carter Jr. scored 17 points and Jake Layman 16 to lead the way for the Terrapins, who ended a two-game losing streak in the process. Donnal scored 22 of his 25 in the second half for the Wolverines, who once again played without the injured Caris LeVert.

Utah 80, USC 69: The Runnin’ Utes handed USC its first home loss of the season, becoming the first Pac-12 team to pick up two road weekend sweeps in conference play this season (they also swept the Washington trip). Jakob Poeltl was too much for USC, as he accounted for 29 points on 11-for-13 shooting, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points and Julian Jacobs and Bennie Boatwright 17 apiece for USC, but they were unable to mount a charge similar to their comeback from a 15-point deficit to beat Colorado Wednesday night.

Seton Hall 62, St. John’s 61: It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Pirates managed to avoid a really bad loss as Isaiah Whitehead hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining. Desi Rodriguez scored 24 points and Khadeen Carrington 12 as the Pirates navigated front court foul trouble (three big men fouled out) in the second half. Kassoum Yakwe led the Red Storm with 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Wichita State 84, Indiana State 51: The Shockers wrapped up the outright Missouri Valley regular season title with a blowout win over the Sycamores. Ron Baker scored 14 points and three other Wichita State players added 11 apiece, and on the other end the Shockers limited Indiana State to just 31 percent shooting. Wichita State closes out the regular season with games against Loyola (Chicago) and Illinois State.

STARRED

Jakob Poeltl, Utah: 29 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals in Utah’s 80-69 win at USC.

Obi Enechionyia, Temple: 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting and seven rebounds in the Owls’ three-point win at Houston.

Alec Peters, Valparaiso: 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Crusaders’ 90-74 win over Detroit.

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin: 20 points, 12 rebounds and six steals in the Badgers’ 69-60 win over Illinois.

STRUGGLED

Boston College: The Eagles’ season may have hit its nadir Sunday night, as they lost 74-48 at Wake Forest. At one point Jim Christian’s team trailed 37-4.

Khristian Smith, Indiana State: Two points on 1-for-9 shooting in the Sycamores’ 84-51 loss to Wichita State.

James Ford, Quinnipiac: Four points on 1-for-7 shooting and three turnovers in the Bobcats’ 63-59 loss to Manhattan.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 21 SMU rebounded from its loss at UConn with a 74-63 win over East Carolina. Nic Moore led the Mustangs with 22 points and seven assists, Markus Kennedy added 19 points and nine boards and Jordan Tolbert posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Bucknell (12-4) maintained their one-game lead atop the Patriot League with an 80-59 win over Boston University. Chris Hass scored 21 points and Stephen Brown accounted for ten assists and six rebounds in the win for the Bison.
  • George Washington avoided what would have been a bad loss, as they blew out La Salle 90-50 in the nation’s capital. The Colonials won big despite committing 19 turnovers, with Tyler Cavanaugh scoring 22 points and Patricio Garino 19.
  • Monmouth rebounded from its loss to Iona with an 82-75 overtime win at Saint Peter’s. Micah Seaborn scored 26 points and Justin Robinson 22 for the Hawks (15-3), who lead Iona (13-4) by a game in the loss column atop the MAAC standings.
  • Valparaiso won for the eighth time in the last nine games, beating Detroit 90-74 on Senior Day. Alec Peters led the way with 32 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Hofstra (12-4) held off Northeastern, 65-60 in Hempstead to remain a game behind first-place UNCW (13-3) in the CAA. The Pride visit UNCW Thursday night in the teams’ penultimate game of the regular season.
  • San Diego State wrapped up at least a share of the Mountain West title with a 78-56 win over San José State. Winston Shepard accounted for 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Malik Pope added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • UAB retained sole possession of first place in Conference USA with a ten-point win (77-67) at Middle Tennessee. Dirk Williams scored 19 points for the Blazers, who lead Marshall by a game.
  • Temple remains alone atop the American, as they won 69-66 at Houston. Obi Enechionyia scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds, helping the Owls account for a 2-for-12 night from Quenton DeCosey.
  • Wisconsin turned their game around with a 15-0 second half run, as they beat Illinois 69-60 in Madison. Ethan Happ led the way with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
  • California won its fifth straight game, beating Washington State 80-62 in Pullman. Six players scored at least eight points for Cal, with Tyrone Wallace scoring 17 and Ivan Rabb 15.

No. 6 Maryland holds off Michigan, 86-82

Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon, right, hugs Jaylen Brantley, left, as they celebrate their win in an NCAA college basketball game as Michigan guard Aubrey Dawkins (24) walks away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 86-82. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Robert Carter scored 17 points as sixth-ranked Maryland bounced back from consecutive losses with a 86-82 victory over Michigan on Sunday.

Jake Layman had 16 points, while Melo Trimble finished with 13 for Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten). Freshman Diamond Stone added 13 points after being suspended for the previous game by Maryland coach Mark Turgeon for a flagrant foul against Wisconsin.

Junior Mark Donnal went 10 of 13 from the field and had 25 points for Michigan (19-9, 9-6).

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 16 points, Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 and Zak Irvin had 11 points for the Wolverines, who went 13-27 from beyond the arc.

A careless inbound pass by Carter was stolen by Abdur-Rahkman, who made an uncontested easy layup and tied the game at 47 three minutes into the second half.

Maryland, however, regained control as Layman got hot beyond the mark. The senior hit a pair of 3-pointers and the Terrapins led 66-58 with 12 minutes remaining.

Donnal answered with six straight points and the Wolverines trailed 72-70, forcing Maryland to call timeout with 7:08 left. After another Terrapins’ turnover on the ensuing possession, Michigan then retook the lead on a layup and free throw by Abdur-Rahkman.

The Terrapins continued to battle through their mistakes. A dunk and layup by Carter provided a 78-75 lead with 3:29 remaining. From there, the Terrapins held on. Walton pushed off and fouled out with 18 seconds left, ending a key possession.

Rasheed Sulaimon then made a pair of three throws before Duncan Robinson answered with a 3-pointer to pull Michigan within 84-82 with 7 seconds left.

Trimble, though, made two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.

Michigan won the prior matchup 70-67 on Jan. 12. This time, the Terrapins were in control early before the Wolverines took advantage of turnovers to get back in the game.

A 3-pointer and layup by Jaylen Brantley capped a 14-0 run and Maryland led 26-12 midway through the first half. Michigan was held without field goal for just over seven minutes before Walton converted a layup with 7:04 remaining.

The Wolverines, however, tightened their defense and a 3-pointer by Mark Donnal cut the margin to 35-30 during an 11-0 run. Michigan scored 15 points off 12 Maryland turnovers and trailed 41-36 at the break.

TIP-INS

Michigan: Caris LeVert missed his second consecutive game with a lower left leg injury. He has missed 13 games this season and the Wolverines are 7-6 without him in the lineup.

Maryland: Melo Trimble entered the game having made just seven of his past 38 field-goal attempts (18.4 percent) . The sophomore went 3 of 10 from the field but had 7 turnovers against the Wolverines.

UP NEXT

Michigan hosts Northwestern on Wednesday.

Maryland travels to No. 17 Purdue on Saturday.