The question in the back of everyone’s mind tonight was will unranked Michigan upset undefeated Ohio State? …Of course not, as the Buckeyes prove that they deserve to be number one in the Big 10 with 23 wins in a row.
Buckeye fans got antsy in the first half of the game. Ohio State was ranked third with fewest turnovers in the Big 10, averaging only ten turnovers a game. However, the Buckeyes had difficulty handling the ball in the first half of tonight’s game. On top of the excessive turnovers, OSU also had a minor lack of defensive balance, but the Buckeyes hung in the game. Jared Sullinger was only able to contribute eight points to the Buckeye scoreboard in the first half.
Last time these two teams met, Ohio State only won by four. Michigan controlled the game during the first half, their biggest flaw being two shot clock violations, but they led the Buckeyes by three points going into the second half.
Towards the middle of the second half, the Buckeyes began to play like a number one team should. Michigan was unable to make the three-pointers that they needed to stay in the game. The Wolverines also had trouble keeping their hands off Sullinger, which resulted in fouls they couldn’t afford. The turnovers were in Ohio State’s favor and the sold-out crowd of Buckeye fanatics went nuts.
Jared Sullinger typically averages ten rebounds a game and today he surpassed that number. He ended the game with a solid19 points and 15 rebounds, but he struggled at the free throw line going 5-11.
The final score of tonight’s game sits at 62-53. Ohio State (1) will travel to take on Minnesota (20) this Sunday.