Postgame Notes: #7 Ohio State 77, #10 Michigan 55 - Big Ten Semis

March 10, 2012

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• With the loss, Michigan falls to 24-9 on the season. The Wolverines drop to 12-14 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament.

• Ohio State knocked Michigan out of the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight year and sixth time in 15 tournament appearances (0-6). The Wolverines fell to 73-98 (65-94*) all-time against the Buckeyes, and 3-10 against OSU under John Beilein.

• The Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines for the second consecutive season in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. OSU posted a 68-61 victory last season en route to the tournament crown.

John Beilein coached his 10th game in the Big Ten Tournament; he has a 5-5 record and reached the semifinals for the second time as Michigan head coach.

• Saturday's matchup was the third meeting between Michigan and Ohio State this season. The Wolverines fell, 64-49, in Columbus on Jan. 29 but took the meeting at Crisler Center, 56-51, on Feb. 18.

Tim Hardaway Jr. was Michigan's leading scorer against the Buckeyes with 13 points. Hardaway has finished as the team's leading scorer or second-leading scorer in all four Big Ten Tournament games during his career.

• Hardaway has scored in double figures in each of his four career Big Ten Tournament games (16, 15, 20, 13). He had 33 points in his two tournament games this season.

Zack Novak scored in double figures for the third time in eight career Big Ten Tournament games. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds against the Buckeyes. Novak had 10 points against Illinois in 2009 and 14 against Illinois in 2011.

Trey Burke was held without a basket until the 6:55 mark of the second half. Burke hit a jumper after missing his first eight shots. He finished the game with a team-high seven rebounds -- which tied a career high -- and four assists, along with five points.

Corey Person registered career highs with seven points and two rebounds, making all three of his field goal attempts. He surpassed his previous high of four points which he had on Senior Night against Purdue on Feb. 25.

• With his only field goal attempt of the game, Josh Bartelstein connected from three-point range. It was his first triple of the season, the second of his career, and first in Big Ten Tournament play.

• Michigan and Ohio State tied in the rebounding battle, 37-37. This was U-M's highest rebounding total since it grabbed 38 boards in the win over Wisconsin on Jan. 8. Michigan is 2-2 this season when it ties its opponent in rebounds.

• Michigan had seven assists and turned the ball over 18 times -- its highest turnover figure since recording 19 turnovers against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Dec. 13. U-M is 5-4 this season when registering a negative assist/turnover ratio.

• U-M's defense forced Ohio State into 11 turnovers, leading to 10 points. The Wolverines are 8-6 this season when they commit more turnovers than their opponent.

• Ohio State outscored Michigan in points in the paint (40-24), points off turnovers (17-10), second-chance points (19-14), and fast-break points (6-4).

• Michigan never led at any point in the contest, forcing one tie and trailing by as many as 28 in the second half.

• The Wolverines were held to one basket in the game's first 8:58. Hardaway banked in a jumper on the team's opening possession, but U-M missed its next nine shots and was called for two offensive charges, before Novak got an offensive rebound and scored at 10:58.

Stu Douglass moved into a tie for first place on Michigan's career games played list. He tied record-holder Loy Vaught (1986-90) with 135 games played. Douglass has not missed a game in his career. Zack Novak moved into a tie for fourth place with 133 career games.

• Novak made his 92nd consecutive starting assignment in the semifinal match-up against Ohio State and remains third all-time with 121 career starts.

• Novak logged 35 minutes against Ohio State and needs just 42 to surpass Louis Bullock* (4,356) for the all-time record in minutes played at Michigan. Novak remains second all-time with 4,325 career minutes played.

• Michigan went with the same starting lineup for the 15th straight game: Trey Burke, Stu Douglass, Tim Hardaway Jr., Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan.

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