Everything Goes Right

Michigan returned to the form we have come to expect now, dominating OSU almost from start to finish in cruising to a 70-54 victory.

It was clear what the OSU strategy was: to defend the middle and make Michigan shoot the three-pointer. And for a while it worked, a little while anyway. At the 6:11 mark in the first half the Wolverines were holding a slim 1-point lead, 20-19. But then the Wolverines rained in four trifecta's, three by freshman point goard Daniel Horton, and the other by senior forward LaVall Blanchard. And by the half it was 36-24 Michigan.

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In the meantime, Michigan's defensive strategy was the same as it was in U-M's first victory over OSU this season: to put junior forward Bernard Robinson on OSU's star, guard Brent Darby (from River Rouge, Michigan). And, as before, the strategy worked. Robinson fouled out of the game scoreless, but he had held Darby to no baskets.

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In the meantime, Michigan opened the second half continuing their three-point shower. Blanchard hit two, freshman guard Lester Abram hit another, and at the 14:50 mark it was 51-32 Michigan. The Wolverines coasted in from there.

Horton led the Wolverines with 21 points (including four of seven three-pointers), and Blanchard scored 19 (three of eight from behind the three-point arc) and 10 rebounds. Abram added 17 points and eight rebounds. Overall, Michigan outrebounded OSU 38-25.

The win puts Michigan 8-3 in the Big Ten (tied for first), and 15-9 overall. It was also U-M's 12th straight home game victory, their longest home streak since Cazzy Russell's 1962-63 team.

Michigan now goes on the road for three tough games: at co-league-leading Purdue (which somehow lost to Northwestern Wednesday) on Wednesday, then at co-league-leading Wisconsin the following Wednesday, and then at home against Illinois (also with 3 losses currently ... they play Purdue tonight) three days later.

(AP Photo/Paul Warner)

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