In their last meeting, the young Michigan Wolverines lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game was the only loss for Michigan overall and in the Big Ten Conference at the time. That match-up was the Wolverines chance to get their first number one ranking in the AP Poll since 1992. The Wolverines lost, which I said at the time was good for the young team.
Michigan enters the game ranked third, after losing its second game of the season to the Indiana Hoosiers. The Wolverines are looking for redemption and to get their season back on track. In the last match-up, the Wolverines struggled, shooting only 38% from the field. Starter Nik Stauskas failed to score in the game, for the first time in his career. Trey Burke, an Ohio native, was also slowed down and seemed frustrated all game.
The Wolverines are hoping that luck is on their side in the rematch with new uniforms. Unveiled at a press conference Wednesday, the Wolverines will sport an all maize Adidas jersey as part of a “maize-out”. The jersey marks the first “bleed-out” uniform for Michigan this season. Burke also displayed new maize colored shoes at the press conference.
Michigan is also hoping that fans who venture to the Crisler Center to watch Michigan wear their maize colored clothing. The game, which will air on ESPN, will feature a stands full of maize. Crisler Center has been kind to the Wolverines this season, where they hold a 13-0 record for 2012-2013. Over the last two years, Michigan has a 28-1 record at home. The Wolverines only loss at home in two years came to, that’s right you guessed it, Ohio State.
Look for the Wolverines to make a statement after their prime-time loss to Indiana. Michigan will have new uniforms, a home court advantage and a revenge to fuel themselves Tuesday night.