The No. 19 Michigan basketball team remained undefeated at home with its 56-51 win over No. 6 Ohio State. Michigan was led by freshman point guard Trey Burke (17 points, five assists). However, the Wolverines received a distributed scoring effort with three Wolverines in double figures, and several players hit key shots in the final minutes.
Player of the Game: Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas
The sophomore forward score 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Nearly every time the Wolverines tried to pull away, there was Thomas, hitting a 3-pointer or getting to the free-throw line.
He was most noticeable on the offensive boards for Ohio State, where he picked up a game-high six offensive boards (three more than any Buckeye player, four more than any Michigan player).
Sixth-man of the game: The crowd
The Wolverines were met with standing ovations and raucous cheers every time a play went their way. And when it didn't go their way, the refs and Ohio State were greeted with the Wolverine fans' embitterment.
<"It was crazy," senior guard Zack Novak said of the atmosphere. "To have Ohio State late in the year, to have it so meaningful, to have the fans here, it wasn't like this when we got here."
Stat of the Game: Michigan drew five charges
Novak and redshirt sophomore Jordan Morgan drew two apiece and sophomore guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drew one. They provided bursts for the Wolverines and got some of the Ohio State players in foul trouble.
"This is a team where we have five guys who’ll take charges," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Been coaching a long time. I've loved every player I've coached. But even some I love don't take charges like this team. As a result, that's been a big difference-maker. … These guys all buy in to a bit of a selfless type of attitude."