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Michigan vs. Ohio State basketball: Greatest moments, matchups and records ahead of Sunday’s top-five showdown

No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State meet Sunday within the first top-five basketball showdown between the Big Ten rivals.  

Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus. It’s a battle of potential No. 1 seeds within the 2021 NCAA Tournament.  

Ohio State (19-4) swept final 12 months’s matchups, and third-year coach Chris Holtmann is 3-2 in opposition to the Wolverines. Michigan (16-1) continues to roll beneath second-year coach Juwan Howard, who has expertise within the rivalry as each participant and coach. He’s nonetheless in search of that first regular-season win in opposition to the Buckeyes.  

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While the soccer rivalry between the 2 faculties will get extra publicity, these two coaches would possibly vault the basketball rivalry to new heights.  

That begins Sunday. Sporting News takes a deeper have a look at greatest of the Ohio State-Michigan basketball rivalry heading into the sport.  

Greatest matchup  

No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 3 Ohio State 71 (March 29, 1992)  

Ohio State, led by consensus All-American guard Jim Jackson, was a No. 1 seed within the 1992 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes gained each regular-season matchups with No. 6 seed Michigan, which was led by the Fab Five. Those groups collided in an Elite Eight traditional at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Jackson scored 20 factors, and Ohio State had an opportunity to win on the finish of regulation earlier than Chris Jent’s base-line jumper missed lengthy. The Wolverines pulled away in additional time behind Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. This stays probably the most notable chapter of the rivalry between the faculties. Howard’s response stated all of it.  

Greatest end

No. 5 Ohio State 69, Michigan 68 (March 12, 2010)  

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met within the quarterfinals of the Big Ten match in 2010, and Michigan wanted to make a run for NCAA match consideration. Michigan appeared to have the upset in hand after a jumper by Manny Harris with 2.2 seconds left, however Evan Turner took an inbound go, dribbled simply inside half court docket and buried a buzzer-beater that despatched Michigan house. Thad Matta’s response says all of it.  

First ranked matchup  

No. 18 Ohio State 91, No. 12 Michigan 85 (Feb. 27, 1971)  

In a matchup between two Big Ten heavyweights, Jim Cleamons led the Buckeyes to a victory at Crisler Arena. Ohio State gained the Big Ten that season, and Michigan completed second. It was their solely matchup that season. Western Kentucky knocked the Buckeyes out of the NCAA Tournament within the Elite Eight.  

Greatest decade


This marked the primary time that each packages had been ranked constantly once they performed in a rivalry that heated up beneath coaches John Beilein and Thad Matta. High college teammates Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke had been the star gamers on either side.  

The Wolverines and Buckeyes performed seven straight video games from 2012 to 2014 wherein each groups had been ranked.  

Michigan had a 4-3 benefit in these video games. The Buckeyes reached the Final Four in 2012 and Elite Eight in 2013. Michigan reached the NCAA championship sport in 2013 and Elite Eight in 2014.  

Those matchups set the usual for the present-day rivalry between Holtmann and Howard.  

Top-10 matchups  

Ohio State and Michigan have performed in two top-10 matchups in class historical past. The Buckeyes and Wolverines cut up these two matchups: 

No. 7 Ohio State 77, No. 10 Michigan (March 10, 2012)  

The Buckeyes and Wolverines cut up two regular-season matchups, however the Buckeyes ran away with this Big Ten match semifinal. Sullinger scored 24 factors and Deshaun Thomas added 22 factors. The Buckeyes restricted Burke to simply 5 factors. Ohio State made the Final Four that season. Michigan misplaced within the first spherical to Ohio.  

No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 10 Ohio State 74 (Feb. 5, 2013)  

This could be the perfect regular-season matchup between the faculties. They performed an additional time traditional at Crisler Arena, and Tim Hardaway Jr. rallied the Wolverines with six 3-pointers and 23 factors. Hardaway additionally blocked Aaron Craft’s shot on the ultimate sequence. This was a memorable victory in Michigan’s season, which led to a nationwide championship sport loss in opposition to Louisville.  

Top 25 matchups  

Michigan and Ohio State have performed 15 matchups when each groups are ranked within the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes have an 8-7 benefit in these video games. A better look:  

Feb. 27, 1971 No. 18 Ohio State 91, No. 12 Michigan 85
Jan. 16, 1989 No. 6 Michigan 99, No. 16 Ohio State 73
Feb. 2, 1992 No. 10 Ohio State 68, No. 15 Michigan 58
Mar. 3, 1992 No. 6 Ohio State 77, No. 18 Michigan 66
Mar. 29, 1992* No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 3 Ohio State 71
Feb. 9, 2006 No. 19 Ohio State 94, No. 22 Michigan 85
Jan. 29, 2012 No. 4 Ohio State 64, No. 20 Michigan 49
Feb. 18, 2012 No. 17 Michigan 56, No. 6 Ohio State 51
Mar. 10, 2012** No. 7 Ohio State 77, No. 10 Michigan 55
Jan. 13, 2013 No. 15 Ohio State 56, No. 2 Michigan 53
Feb. 5, 2013 No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 10 Ohio State 74
Feb. 11, 2014 No. 15 Michigan 70, No. 22 Ohio State 60
Mar. 15, 2014** No. 8 Michigan 72, No. 24 Ohio State 69
Feb. 18, 2018 No. 22 Michigan 74, No. 8 Ohio State 62
Mar. 1, 2020 No. 23 Ohio State 77, No. 19 Michigan 63

*Denotes Elite Eight matchup 
**Denotes Big Ten Tournament matchup

Michigan vs. Ohio State in 2020  

The Buckeyes are one of the most popular groups in a loaded Big Ten. E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington and Justice Suenig all common double figures for Ohio State, which has misplaced only one house sport this season. 

Michigan returned from an prolonged pause as a result of of COVID-19 final week, and the Wolverines didn’t miss a beat in a victory in opposition to Wisconsin. Isaiah Livers, Hunter Dickinson and Franz Wagner all common double figures for the Wolverines. Michigan’s lone loss this season got here on the street in opposition to Minnesota.  

That units up the big-time Big Ten matchup for Sunday. 

This sport, together with a potential rematch within the Big Ten match, will go a good distance in figuring out their seeding in March.

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