Michigan basketball can move one step closer to a Big Ten Tournament title by topping Ohio State today in the semifinals.
Everyone knows that the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is heated on the gridiron but the hardcourt version hasn’t taken the spotlight as much. 2021 has proven to be an exception as these programs have been excellent all season long and are set for an epic semifinal matchup at the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan has been the class of the Big Ten all season long and showcased their skill in a chippy 79-66 win over Maryland. The perimeter game was key for the Wolverines, who saw their starting guards combine for 50 points as the team knocked down 10 three-point attempts against the Terrapins.
The quarterfinal round wasn’t as easy for Ohio State, which needed overtime to get past Purdue and earn a rematch with the Wolverines. Duane Washington led the way for the Buckeyes with 20 points and knocked down some really big shots down the stretch to help Ohio State earn its first victory over the Boilermakers in three tries this season.
The stage is now set for a dramatic showdown in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament this afternoon. These two teams played arguably the best game of the regular season in Columbus in late February with Michigan pulling out a gutsy 92-87 victory.
That game marked the beginning of a four-game skid for the Buckeyes that knocked them off the top line of the bracket. Getting some revenge over the Wolverines here would be very sweet for Ohio State and their fans.
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