Wolverines lose heartbreaker to Buckeyes

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Absolutely pathetic.

That’s the only way I can summarize Michigan’s performance from last night.

After a tough loss against Michigan State on Sunday, the Wolverines returned to Ann Arbor to face its other rival, Ohio State on Saturday.

Just like in East Lansing, senior Derrick Walton was the only player who stepped up for the Wolverines (14-9, 5-6 Big Ten), who lost 70-66 to the Buckeyes in an apparent must-win game.

Walton finished with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting overall and 6-of-9 on 3-pointers. He added 10 rebounds and three assists.

The Disappearance of Irvin Part II

His senior counterpart, Zak Irvin, also duplicated his performance from Sunday. After scoring zero points against the Spartans, Irvin managed only five points on 2-of-10 shooting and turned the ball over three times.

Irvin was expected to be the leading-scorer and leader for U-M this season, but has completely disappeared lately and in the two biggest games of the season. His confidence appears shattered and it’s hard to imagine him re-gaining his form.

OSU was led by Marc Loving who scored 17 points and hit three huge 3-pointers. Jasean Tate and Trevor Thompson each added 13 points.

Rebounding Woes

Ohio State completely manhandled Michigan on the glass Saturday night. The Buckeyes out-rebounded the Wolverines 42-24 and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. Thompson, a freshman, had 11 rebounds, six of which came on offense.

In addition to getting beat on the glass, John Beilein’s team also turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 12 times.

The Wolverines were out-scored 19-0 in second-chance points, which truly changed the momentum in favor of OSU late in the first half.

Walton led U-M back late in the game, but missed on two chances to tie the game in the final minute.

Michigan will have a chance for redemption on Tuesday as the Spartans come to the Crisler Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. After that, the Wolverines travel to Indiana and play Wisconsin and Purdue as its final home games.

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Kullen Logsdon
Huge Michigan football/basketball fan. Want to be a famous sportswriter.