Michigan loses at Columbus

Michigan Ohio St BasketballMichigan lost an ugly one at Ohio State 72-54. Ohio State used an early 19-2 run to seize control of the game taking a 19-4 lead at the 12:09 mark of the first half. Michigan only had 2 made field goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Michigan shot 20% from the field in the first half, including 0-11 on three pointers. Evan Turner scored 14 first half points and Ohio State took a comfortable 36-18 lead into halftime. John Beilein even was called for a technical foul at the end of the half as he was trying to inject some life into the Wolverines.

Michigan came out and knocked down 4 triples in the first 7 minutes of the second half and cut the Ohio State lead in half. However every time Michigan had a chance to really cut into the lead Ohio State answered with a basket or Michigan turned the ball over. Michigan cut the lead down to 8 points once and several times had it down to 9 points. However, Ohio State always had the answer and never allowed Michigan to get any closer.

Things got a little ugly late when Zack Novak was called for an intentional foul. Novak elbowed TJ Hill in the mouth on a made free throw by Evan Turner. Things got a little tense but cooler heads prevailed. Ohio State ended up coasting to an easy win and knocked Michigan back under .500 in the conference.

Manny Harris had 22 points and 12 rebounds but he also had 10 turnovers in the game. 

The road to 21 wins: This was not a game I projected them to win. However, the still need to win 3 more games that I did not project to stay on pace. If you recall I had broken the schedule down into two categories. Projected wins: 17 and remaining 14 games, which I said if they win 4 of those games would get them to 21 wins. So far they have lost one game that I projected as a win (at PSU) and won two games that fell into the remaining games category (UCLA & Duke). 

Up next: It doesn’t get any easier with a trip to West Lafayette on Saturday. 

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6 Responses to Michigan loses at Columbus

  1. Joe says:

    The games wasn’t pretty, they did show signs of life when they got it down to an 8 pt deficit. But what is Lunch Pail thinking? I was totally shocked when I saw the replay of what he did.

  2. michiganbasketball says:

    I know the elbow to Hill’s mouth looked bad, but you know there is more to this story then what we saw. Novak is a good kid.

  3. Joe says:

    That’s what I think too, which is why I was so shocked.

  4. michiganbasketball says:

    Beilein’s comments on the elbow: “He was boxing out … to defend Zack, I know there was a lot of talk going on, and at the same time my guess is if they threw him out, he made a mistake he’ll learn from.”

  5. 9er says:

    Novak’s elbows are the least of our problems. The fact that Manny Harris can’t hold onto the ball in Big 10 play is killing us. What’s the problem. Unforced errors for the most part too. It’s unacceptable. For a guy who is so good, he is very frustrating. Sweet triple double Manny.
    These guys go on the road and act like they forgot how to play ball. Backdoor cuts are gone, confident shooters are gone, turnovers are rampant. Frustrating.
    They need to wake up or start packing for the NIT. With the start we had, despite what Beilein says, not making the tourney would be extremely disappointing now.

  6. Joe says:

    It wouldn’t be the end of the world if they didn’t make the tourney, but you’re right, it would be a huge waste of a great start.

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