#15 Michigan (17-6, 9-2) at Ohio State (19-5, 6-5)
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
9 p.m EST
Michigan and Ohio State meet tonight in Columbus in one of the classic rivalries in all of college sports. After two unforgettable bouts last season, the two teams play each other tonight for the only time in the regular season.
While both have similar records, they have been on opposite paths the last few games. Michigan has dropped two of its last three while Ohio State has won three straight since starting 3-5 in conference play.
Michigan has had trouble on the road recently, and things will not get any easier tonight as they try to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the Big Ten. Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have put on a bit of a disappearing act recently, and the Wolverines absolutely cannot afford that to happen tonight.
The defense has to show up tonight for Michigan, as well. In their last two road losses, they have let guys like Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble have their way with them from the perimeter. OSU has players capable of this, too, so the Wolverines have to get better out there quickly.
The Buckeyes are led by senior point guard Aaron Craft, who for all of the criticism he gets from the nation, is simply one of the best all-around point guards in college basketball. He is elite defensively and will give freshman Derrick Walton and company fits all night.
Keys to the Game:
- Play loose. If Michigan’s guards are indecisive, this will be a long night. Know where to go with the basketball and do it quickly.
- Show up defensively. OSU is a solid, not great offensive team, but they will keep the game low scoring.
- GR3. Not only does he need to have a good game tonight, he needs to be able to contain LaQuinton Ross, as well. This match-up could go a long way into determining this game.
Michigan is certainly capable of winning on any given night, but Ohio State seems to have gathered itself a bit after stumbling out of the gate in conference play. The Wolverines should come out fired up after getting embarrassed in Iowa City on Saturday night, but I think OSU finds a way to get it done tonight.
Score: Buckeyes 64, Michigan 58