The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines are sworn enemies. Never could a Wolverine or a Buckeye live in the same state, let alone the same hotel space for a weekend.
Well, this weekend they will have to get used to it. Saturday the Wolverines and Buckeyes renew their rivalry that has been nothing shy of awesome. Whether it being Evan Turner hitting the half-court buzzer beater to beat Michigan in 2010, or this past season where Michigan beat Ohio State by ten. Michigan also has stole some thunder from Ohio State recently, winning at least a share of the Big Ten 2 out of the last 3 years.
Both teams have a reason to believe they can win, and rightfully so. First, Michigan should be confident in themselves because of their double-digit win against the Buckeyes in Columbus earlier this year. A lot of things went right for Michigan in that win, and the same needs to happen if they want to continue in this tournament, and improve their seeding for the NCAA tournament. They are in play for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, and they don’t want a slip-up preventing that from happening. Also, the banner that will hang in the Crisler Center next year is a nice reminder that they have what it takes to win.
Photo credit: AP/Jay LaPrete
On the other hand, Ohio State can be confident as well. Sure Michigan won against them by 10 in their only meeting of the season, but they also beat Illinois by 31 ten days ago, and the Illini took them until the very last second Friday. Ohio State could use that as a wake up call, and motivation when they take on the Wolverines in Indianapolis. Also, Aaron Craft is still on the team, and he is the player they will use to slow down Nik Stauskas.
Saturday will be fun, and a new chapter of the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry will be written. What are we in store for? Maybe Michigan will flip the script on Ohio State and hit a game winning half-court, or maybe Ohio State will stun the Wolverines. No one knows for sure, but what we do know is that both teams will be ready to play, and take down their most hated rival.
Michigan will play Ohio State on Saturday March 15th and 1:40pm ET on CBS in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal.