Feb. 11, 2014
With the win, the Wolverines improve to 18-6 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten, placing them atop the Big Ten standings. Their 10-2 start in the Big Ten is the best for the Maize and Blue since it went 16-2 in 1976-77 and won the conference.
Michigan has won two in a row against the Buckeyes for the first time since it won back-to-back meetings in February 2003 and February 2004. U-M is now 75-98 all-time against OSU and 28-55 in Columbus during the regular season.
Michigan picked up another road win, the fifth of the conference campaign thus far and first at Value City Arena since Jan. 15, 2003. Tonight's 70 points are the most scored by a U-M team in Columbus in the John Beilein era.
In the first half, U-M trailed by as many as 10 points (26-16 with 5:44 remaining), but the Wolverines closed the gap to four with a 10-0 run over a stretch of 5:02. The Michigan lead stretched to as much as 12 points at several marks throughout the second half (last at 0:41).
Michigan overcame a 32.1-percent shooting percentage in the first half (9-of-28) to shoot an overall mark of 41.5 percent, knocking down 22-of-53 field goals, including 8-of-17 from three -- a 47.1-percent clip; well above their conference-leading mark of 39.6 percent.
U-M outrebounded OSU, 39-27 and recorded 14 offensive boards; reaching double-digits in that category for the first time since their Jan. 25 win over Michigan State and the seventh time this season.
The Wolverines turned the ball over just nine times and fouled 14 times as a team, just below their eighth and first-ranked respective marks nationally of 9.9 turnovers and 14.6 personal fouls.
Nik Stauskas dropped 3-of-6 triples on his way to 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting (44.4 percent), his 15th game scoring 15 or more this season. Stauskas has led the Maize and Blue in scoring 13 times this season.
Derrick Walton Jr. scored 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting, converting on all four of his free throw attempts and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds and adding six of U-M's eight assists en route to his first career double-double. The freshman is averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last half-dozen contests.
Big men Jon Horford (4-of-5) and Jordan Morgan (3-of-4) combined for 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting (77.8 percent) and brought down four and eight rebounds, respectively. Morgan has grabbed five or more rebounds in six of the last eight games, while the pair has gone a combined 63-of-85 (74.1 percent) from the field since the start of conference play.
Zak Irvin chipped in 10 points on 2-of-3 shooting, adding three rebounds. Irvin has connected on at least one three in six straight conference games and is shooting 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from beyond the arc in Big Ten play.
Michigan has won games on the road at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The win against OSU marks Michigan's 23rd win on the road under coach John Beilein against a ranked opponent.
U-M rang up eight triples on 17 tries (47.1 percent) against Ohio State's conference-leading three-point field goal defense, which had been holding Big Ten teams to 26.3 percent from outside. The Wolverines held the Buckeyes to just 15 percent from three (3-of-20).