Though the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio St. Buckeyes split their regular season series, Saturday afternoon was anything but a fight between two even teams. Jared Sullinger was unstoppable inside, the Wolverines were as ice cold as they have ever been, and the Buckeyes ran roughshod, winning 77-55 in a game that wasn't even that close.
Sullinger scored 24 points in just 27 minutes, taking Wolverines big man Jordan Morgan to a low-post clinic. Using an array of moves that mostly resulted in bank shots, Sullinger embarrassed Morgan, who was visibly rattled on the offensive end, scoring just three points.
Trey Burke, Michigan's dynamic point guard who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year — and was Sullinger's high school teammate — was frustrated all day by Ohio State's lockdown defensive point, Aaron Craft, and played perhaps the worst game of his young career. He didn't make a shot in the first half, finishing 1-11 from the field to score just five points and had four assists compared to a whopping eight turnovers.
Ohio State will face the Michigan St. Spartans in the Big Ten final Sunday afternoon in a rematch of the Buckeyes' huge win in the final game of the regular season.
For more on the two teams, head over to Ohio State Buckeyes blog Along The Olentangy and Michigan Wolverines blog Maize N Brew. For more on the entire tournament, keep it on our Big Ten Tournament StoryStream.