Postgame Notes: #2 Ohio State 68, Michigan 64
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Jan. 12, 2011

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• With the loss, Michigan falls to 11-6 (1-3 Big Ten) for the season. The Wolverines are now 10-3 at Crisler Arena and have lost three of their last four at home.

• With the loss, Michigan falls to 71-94 (64-91*) all-time against Ohio State. The Wolverines are now 43-37 against the Buckeyes at Crisler Arena. John Beilein is now 2-6 against OSU in his career.

• Wednesday's game marked the first of two meetings between Michigan and Ohio State this season. The Wolverines will travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Feb. 3.

• Wednesday's contest marked the Wolverines' fourth game against a ranked opponent this season. It was also their second straight against a top-five opponent. U-M is winless against ranked foes this season.

Darius Morris led the Wolverines with 18 points on 8-of-15 (53 percent) shooting. He has scored in double figures in 12 games this season, leading the Wolverines in scoring in nine games. Morris also dished out a game-high eight assists. He has led the Wolverines in assists in all but one game this season. Morris added five rebounds in the loss.

Evan Smotrycz scored 14 points on 5-of-9 (56 percent) shooting, including 4-of-6 (67 percent) from three-point range. Smotrycz grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and added an assist and a block in the loss.

Darius Morris (18), Zack Novak (16), Evan Smotrycz (14) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) each scored in double figures for the Wolverines. Michigan is now 3-1 this season when at least four players score in double figures for U-M.

• Michigan shot 52 percent (24-of-46) from the field; 57 percent (13-of-23) in the first half and 48 percent (11-of-23) in the second half.

• The Wolverines made 11 three-pointers in the game. This marked the first game in which Michigan reached double-digit treys since the win against Bryant on Dec. 23.

• Coming into the game, Ohio State led the nation in scoring margin, beating their opponents by an average of 25 points per game. They defeated the Wolverines by only four points.

• Ohio State won the rebounding battle, 26-23. U-M is 4-6 this season when it is out-rebounded by its opponent.

• Michigan turned the ball over 12 times while forcing Ohio State into 10 turnovers. The Wolverines are now 5-3 this season when they commit more turnovers than their opponent.

• Michigan dished out 12 assists and committed 12 turnovers. This marked the second game this season in which the Wolverines recorded the equal amounts of assists and turnovers. U-M last accomplished this in the season-opening win against USC Upstate on Nov. 13.

• Michigan outscored Ohio State in points off turnovers (15-13) and fast-break points (2-0). The Buckeyes outscored the Wolverines in points in the paint (26-24). The two teams tied in second-chance points (6-6).

• The game featured six lead changes and five ties. Michigan never led after Ohio State took a 43-41 lead with 16:08 remaining, trailing by as many as 12 in the second half.

• The Wolverines wore their maize jerseys for the seventh time this season. Michigan is now 3-4 this season when wearing maize.

• For the fourth straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Darius Morris, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Smotrycz, and Jordan Morgan. The Wolverines have used this lineup in all but one game this season.


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