EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern coach Chris Collins was sitting at a podium in Welsh-Ryan Arena when he was asked if he had recruited Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis.

Collins said yes. He and his staff had seen the 6-foot-7 forward from Oakville, Ontario, play. They loved what they saw.

“I knew he was really good,” Collins said. “I just loved his spirit. He’s a warrior, he’s tough. He makes shots, he gets to the basket, he competes. He’s a really fun guy to watch play.”

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Collins also knew the schools that were pursuing Brazdeikis, and the schools that Brazdeikis favored. Northwestern wasn’t one of them.

That was the difference Tuesday night. No. 5 Michigan remained undefeated with a 62-60 win at Northwestern because Brazdeikis plays for the Wolverines and not the Wildcats.

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