In one of the more thrilling games of the 2012-13 college basketball season, revenge was had by the forces of good!
The #3 Michigan Wolverines (21-2, 8-2 B1G) upended the rival #10 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-5, 7-3 B1G) 76-74 in an overtime thriller before a raucous crowd at the Crisler Center.
Tim Hardaway Jr led the Wolverines with 23 points (17 of in 2nd half/OT) and Trey Burke chipped in with 16 of his own. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 17 points.
The Buckeyes played Michigan tough. The matchup of the night was Trey Burke vs. Aaron Craft. Burke was able to have a great night statistically, but he earned everything he got. Those two played each other about even throughout the game, but it was Burke and Hardaway who had the last laugh, blocking two shots by Craft to end the game.
Mitch McGary continues to impress with 14 points and 6 rebounds of his own last night. In the moments where Michigan needed a spark, in came McGary and a run would follow. He was huge in last night’s win. The only thing holding him back is conditioning, as there were moments where he looked completely gassed out there.
Throughout the majority of this game, I thought Michigan played very poor defense, particularly in the post. They allowed OSU to hit over 50 percent of their shots last night and were not very aggressive on the glass. Jon Horford was dominated by Amir Williams when he was in the game. Also, Jordan Morgan clearly isn’t ready to be back out there yet, as he played only 4 minutes and looked hobbled by his ankle still.
There are times when the Wolverines seem too content with shooting from the perimeter instead of driving the lane and getting points inside. They hit 14 threes last night, but when those shots don’t go down, as we’ve seen in previous games, they are in a world of trouble. Things like the Ohio upset in the NCAA Tournament last year come to mind.
Overall, it was a huge win at home for Michigan after a poor performance earlier in the season in Columbus. It was a must win if they are hoping to win the conference and a huge confidence booster after their loss at Indiana.
Their record is 1-1 in their current four game slate against the juggernauts of the Big Ten, with their next game coming Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin against the Badgers. It should be a very physical matchup for the Wolverines. They should win, but this Badger team is one that went into Bloomington and beat the Hoosiers, so nothing is a given in the Big Ten this year.
That game will be at noon on ESPN.