The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-4, 10-3) look to maintain their perch atop the Big Ten standings when they visit the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines (19-7, 9-4) on Saturday night.
Crisler Arena should be rocking as the Michigan Wolverines look to keep their hopes alive for a Big Ten regular season title. Technically, Michigan State maintains the conference lead with a tie-breaker advantage over Ohio State, but with five conference games remaining, a huge road win today would put Ohio State in great position for the regular season title before ending the regular season at Michigan State.
Ohio State took care of Michigan in Columbus three weeks ago using a balanced attack and a big game from Lenzelle Smith Jr. to run past the Wolverines, 64-49. The Buckeyes took advantage of front-court size in that game, outrebounding Michigan, 37-22.
Michigan will try to minimize the rebound deficit this time around while getting a big effort from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke in front of the hostile home fans. The Buckeyes will have to find away to play through the chaos at Crisler Arena and execute Thad Matta's plan to bring home a win.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.