The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes tip off at 9:00 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor on Saturday in a pivotal Big Ten matchup. The Wolverines are pursuing their first conference title since 1986.
The Michigan Wolverines haven't been in the hunt for the Big Ten regular season title for quite some time. With the Fab Five era erased from the record books, the Wolverines (19-7 overall, 9-4 Big Ten) are hunting for their first conference crown since 1986. They will have to get through the Ohio State Buckeyes (22-4, 10-3) on Saturday, however. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings between the two teams.
Michigan will look to avenge a 15-point loss to the Ohio State in Columbus in late January. The Buckeyes dominated inside, outrebounding the Wolverines 37-22 over 40 minutes. The performance helped make up for a 3-for-15 performance from beyond the 3-point line. If the Buckeyes find a shooting rhythm, things may be even worse for the Wolverines this time around.
Key for the Wolverines will be keeping big men Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz out of foul trouble, something easier said than done while trying to defend center Jared Sullinger. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will also need to be on his game. The sophomore has been slumping throughout the season, however he seemed to get back on track going 5-for-9 from the field for 15 points against Illinois last Sunday.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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