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Ohio State defeats Michigan 76-66 in a key Big Ten conference win.

Ohio State defeats Michigan 76-66 in a key Big Ten conference win.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With both Michigan and Ohio State on the NCAA bubble, both teams were looking for a key signature win to pad their resumes Tuesday night.

But once the ball was tipped, OSU just wanted it more.

As the Buckeyes controlled the game throughout, defeating Michigan 76-66, led by Mark Loving and Jae’Sean Tate, who both scored 13 points in the win.

OSU (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten) was able to hit high percentage shots. The Buckeyes shot 54.0 percent from field, while holding U-M 39.7 percent. 

“I thought we played a team basketball game,” OSU coach Thad Matta said afterwards on ESPN. “I thought this was a great team win.”

Michigan (19-8, 9-5) looked like a different team from Saturday, when they defeated Purdue. Tonight, U-M struggled shooing from the outside, only making 5-of-24 three-point attempts at a 20.8 percent rate.

Mark Donnal led Michigan with 17 points, with Zak Irvin adding 15.

With the win against Michigan, it gave OSU its second win against a top-50 BPI this season.

“We had to come home and protect our court,” Matta said. “I’m proud of them."

Michigan next plays at No. 6 Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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