It may not be football, but when Michigan beats Ohio State in anything, it’s awesome.
Especially considering that the Wolverines’ men’s basketball team wasn’t necessarily a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. Going into this game, an opportunity to essentially solidify a bid to the tournament was in front of the Wolverines, as the No. 8 Buckeyes were coming into town.
The Wolverines did what they needed to do, besting the Buckeyes, 74-62. To get a win over a top-10 ranked team in mid-February will help any team in the country.
Michigan held a five-point lead at halftime and then scored 41 in the second half to seal the win. Four Wolverines scored at least 12 points in the game and Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman led with 17.
With the victory, Michigan is now 22-7 overall and 11-5 in conference play. Last season, when looking at teams that made the NCAA Tournament, every Big Ten team that won at least 10 conference games were in outside of 19-15 overall Iowa, who finished 10-6 in conference play.
The Wolverines are currently fifth in the Big Ten standings with two regular season games remaining. The win over the Buckeyes marked the final home game for Michigan this season, as those final two games are against Penn State and Maryland, respectively, on the road.