Michigan upsets No. 8 Ohio State on senior day

Basketball

No. 22 Michigan (22-7) shuts down No. 8 Ohio State (22-7) on senior day by a score of 74-62.?

Ohio State just came off of their second loss to Penn State of the year, and was looking to take their frustrations out on the Wolverines at Crisler.

Michigan entered the arena with something to prove after losing the last game against Ohio State by blowing a 20-point lead.

This was a gritty game that was extremely physical with a lot of loose ball piles. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Michigan pressure

It was obvious from the jump that the Wolverines came ready to play.

Considering this match up was a rivalry game on senior day against the No. 8 team in the nation, I would be seriously worried if they started slow.

Ohio State was forced into 9 turnovers in the first half, but it was pretty clear that they made adjustments to slow down and cut down on the turnovers.

An interesting stat that was on the broadcast showed that Michigan is 7-1 when they allow less than 70 points. They more than brought the defensive pressure today.

Wagner’s post defense

Moe Wagner has become an increasingly impressive post defender.

He uses his quickness and length to tip entry passes, and he doesn’t foul which forces players into difficult shots.

Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson had struggles getting the ball and finishing, despite pushing the much lighter Wagner under the basket a lot of the time.

Wagner has really quick feet for a big man, and that gives him the advantage against most other bigs.

No answer for Jae’sean Tate

Michigan had real problems trying to contain Ohio State forward Jae’sean Tate. He was the Buckeyes leading scorer with 20 points and leading rebounder with 15 rebounds.

Tate had 5 offensive rebounds and seemed to always be in the right place, using his physicality to out muscle and out jump the Wolverines.

Player of the game – Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

MAAR has become a rock for the Wolverines, and someone they can get the ball to when they are desperate for a bucket.

In this game he had a team high 17 points, and added 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

The most important stat was his 0 turnovers, despite playing 38 minutes.

 

Here is a link to the full box score.

 

The next time you can catch the Wolverines is on the road against the Penn State Nitanny Lions on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

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