Michigan 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.