The Ohio State Buckeyes, a team which had had it’s fair share of difficulties against top-ranked opponents, turned the tables on Sunday by beating the previously perfect Michigan Wolverines in front of a packed Value City Arena in Columbus.
Though outscored heavily in the second half, the Buckeyes ran out to a 16-0 lead to open the game. The Scarlet and Grey were led by their lone offensive weapon in DeShaun Thomas who scored 20 points on 8-0of-18 shooting. No other Buckeye player had double-figures as point guard Aaron Craft was the best of the rest with nine points and fie assists. Ohio State’s offense continues to rely on Thomas, averaging a Big Ten-high 20.3 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds. He’s scored 22.7 per game in league play.
Michigan’s Trey Burke had 15 points (4-of-13 shooting) while Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Burke had a shot to tie the game with 17 seconds left, but it rattled out with the Buckeyes holding on.
Ohio State (13-3, 3-1) has won 17 of 19 between the two on the basketball court, and nine in a row at home by an average 14 points. The Wolverines (16-1, 3-1) have not won in Columbus since Jan. 15, 2003 – their only victory in the past 13 trips.