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U-M's Isaiah Livers isn't 100% yet. But he's back — and making a huge difference

Juwan Howard reacts after Michigan's 79-54 road win over Northwestern on Feb. 12, 2020. Detroit Free Press

EVANSTON — There were days when Isaiah Livers didn't know if he'd be able to play basketball again this season.

As Michigan's junior forward dealt with a groin injury that cost him six games — and then another injury that forced him to sit another three games — there were quiet moments when Livers would find his way to a basketball court all by himself.

Livers would cut. He'd jump. He'd try all the range of motion required of a high-level college basketball player, in the hopes of finding out that he was indeed ready to make his return.