By: RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter
When you think Michigan and Ohio State, an elite college football rivalry immediately comes to mind. This year features a change, as the longtime rivalry between the two schools has been taken to the hardwood, where the undefeated Wolverines traveled to Columbus to take on the 12-3 Buckeyes.
The Wolverines struck first with a three from sophomore guard Trey Burke, but all went downhill afterwards, as the Buckeyes went on a 16-point run. Michigan managed to climb back slowly, cutting Ohio State’s lead to just 12 at halftime.
What was once a 21-point lead for Ohio State in the first half vanished to a two point game with minutes remaining on the clock. However, the valiant efforts by the Wolverines were not enough, as the Buckeyes emerged victorious, 56-53, ending Michigan’s perfect 16-0 run to start the season and opportunity to become the new No. 1 team in the nation.
Turnovers and the many missed shots led to Michigan’s downfall against Ohio State. The Wolverines committed 13 turnovers, with nine of them occurring in the first half. Michigan attempted eight three point shots down the stretch, with Burke’s last second bank shot being the only one made.
Burke, the Columbus native, finished with 15 points, four assists, and four rebounds in the loss. He shot a season low 31 percent on field goal attempts.
The Buckeyes were led by forward Deshaun Thomas. The junior finished with 20 points and four rebounds.
Evan Ravenel, Ohio State’s senior forward, was well aware of the implications of Sunday’s rivalry game. “There’s always satisfaction in denying Michigan the No. 1 spot in the country,” said Ravenel. He finished with six points and three rebounds after coming off the bench.
With the loss to their rival, Michigan falls to 16-1 on the season. The Wolverines return to action Thursday with another road test against no. 8 Minnesota (15-2).
The game can be seen Thursday at 7:00 p.m on ESPN.