Michigan and Ohio State meet for the only time in the basketball regular season Saturday night at Crisler Arena. The home team can’t afford a loss as it tries to enhance its NCAA Tournament resume. The visitors need a win in hopes of turning their season around.
Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Ohio State (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten) has lost three of its last four since consecutive wins snapped a 0-4 start to Big Ten play. The Buckeyes lost at home to No. 17 Maryland, 77-71, on Tuesday. Michigan (14-9, 4-5) is coming off a 70-62 loss at Michigan State last Sunday, a game in which it shot just 34 percent from the field and leading scorer Zak Irvin was held scoreless.
Michigan has won four of the last six games in the series, although Ohio State won last season in Columbus, 76-66.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan vs. Ohio State matchup:
Michigan basketball vs. Ohio State game time, details
Time: 6:05 p.m. ET tipoff
Date: Saturday, Feb. 4
Location: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The line: Michigan is favored by 8.5 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan basketball vs. Ohio State on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
How can I watch Michigan basketball vs. Ohio State online?
WatchESPN will stream the game.
How can I listen to Michigan basketball vs. Ohio State on the radio?
For Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio Network. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
The game can also be heard via satellite radio on Sirius 135, XM 195 and Internet 957.
For Ohio State: The game can be heard on the 60-station OSU-IMG Sports Network, including flagship stations WBNS-FM 97.1 and AM 1460 in Columbus.
Who is calling the Michigan vs. Ohio State game?
Karl Ravech will handle play-by-play for ESPN2 with analyst Jim Calhoun. Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills on the U-M Radio Network. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Ron Stokes on the OSU-IMG Sports Network.
Michigan basketball vs. Ohio State three keys
Michigan has won three straight at home and is 4-1 at Crisler Arena in Big Ten play this season, including a 30-point blowout of Indiana on Jan. 26. The Wolverines are 12-2 overall at home this season, while Ohio State is just 2-6 on the road.
Michigan is shooting 51.1 percent from the field in conference home games, slightly ahead of its 49.5 percent shooting in all home games. The Wolverines have made 39.2 percent of their 3-point attempts at Crisler. Ohio State has lost its last three games at Crisler and four of the last five times it has played in Ann Arbor. All five of those games have been decided by nine points or fewer.
The return of Zak Irvin?
The Michigan senior swing player missed all eight shots he took against Michigan State last Sunday and went without a point for just the seventh time in his career. Head coach John Beilein said Irvin played sick against the Spartans but he was still out there for 36 of the 40 minutes. Derrick Walton Jr. has picked things up in the last five games, averaging 18.6 points, but Michigan needs more production from Irvin if he’s going to be out on the court.
Can Ohio State stick close in the first half?
The Buckeyes are 10-2 this season when they hold the halftime lead but that’s happened just twice in Big Ten play, in wins against Michigan State and Minnesota. They have led for a total of 5 minutes, 47 seconds in their last two games, losses at Iowa and against Maryland.
Ohio State has five players averaging double-digits scoring, led by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (14.3 points per game) and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle (12.1) but the Buckeyes can’t afford to fall behind early. They’ve proven they can’t win that way.