Michigan Basketball: Michigan at Ohio State — Game Notes
• Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
• Tip: 9:05 p.m., possible slip to 9:10 p.m.
• Location: Columbus, Ohio
• Arena: Value City Arena (18,809)
• TV Broadcast: ESPN
• TV Crew: Mike Tirico (p-by-p), Dan Dakich (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline)
• U-M Radio: Detroit (WWJ, 950 AM) | Ann Arbor (WWWW, 102.9 FM)
• U-M Radio Crew: Matt Shepard (p-by-p) & Terry Mills (analyst)
• Satellite Radio: Sirius: 91 | XM: 91 | Note: Ohio State Radio broadcast
• Michigan Coach: John Beilein | 139-91 (seventh season) | 690-409 (36th season)
• Ohio State Coach: Thad Matta | 269–78 (10th season) | 371–109 (14th season)
• Series History: Tonight’s game marks the only time Michigan and Ohio State will meet in the regular season. The Wolverines trail in the all-time series 98-74 and have a 27-55 record in games played in Columbus. Last year, U-M and OSU split the season series with the Buckeyes claiming a 56-53 victory at Value City Arena (Jan. 13), before the Wolverines won a 76-74 decision at Crisler Center (Feb. 5). U-M’s last win in Columbus was a 61-50 victory on
Jan. 15, 2003.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT | The Ohio State Buckeyes
• Following a weekend win over Purdue (W, 67-49), Ohio State has won its last three straight games to improve to 19-5 overall with a 6-5 Big Ten record. The Buckeyes, who are 14-2 at Value City Arena, will play their 17th home game of the season against Michigan. OSU is 5-3 on the road.
• Ohio State has played a steady rotation of nine players with six Buckeyes averaging 23 or more minutes per game.
• The Buckeyes are led by LaQuinton Ross, who leads the team with 14.2 points per game. A third of his offense has come from beyond the arc as he leads OSU shooting 41.6 percent (37-for-89).
• Lenzelle Smith gives OSU two players in double figures as he averages 12.0 per game.
• Aaron Craft averaged 9.3 points 4.8 assists and a Big Ten best 2.6 steals per game.
• The road loss at Iowa puts Michigan at 17-6 overall and 9-2 in conference play.
• Caris LeVert has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per contest during that stretch, all while accumulating just eight total fouls. The sophomore scored 22 points this afternoon on 6-of-12 shooting (50 percent), including 2-of-6 from three (33.3 percent). It is his second-highest point total this season.
• Zak Irvin scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), including 4-of-6 (66.7) from three-point land, marking Irvin’s first time scoring in double figures in back-to-back contests. It is the most points scored by the freshman since his career-best total of 24 points against Coppin State on Nov. 29. INSIDE THE GAME NOTES
• Michigan is finishing a stretch of five games in 13 days. During this span, U-M has gone 2-2. Over U-M’s last eight games, five have come on the road and five have been against ranked opponents.
• Over the last two games, Caris LeVert has averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 50.0 from long range.
• Zak Irvin has drained eight three-pointers over his last two games, shooting 53.3 percent from long range. He posted back-to-back double figure games for the first time in his career with 19 at Iowa and 16 against Nebraska.
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