In what could be a pivotal game in the season for U-M, the Wolverines have their toughest road game of the season at 1:00 at Ohio State. Michigan is coming off an impressive road win at Purdue and can claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a win. The Buckeyes have won five straight and eight of the last 10 in the series and are looking for their fourth straight victory.
Michigan, ranked No. 20, played Ohio State close in each of the three meetings last season, falling by single digits in each game. The key today will be holding down national preseason player of the year Jared Sullinger, who is averaging 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the last meeting, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
It’s also a homecoming for U-M freshman Trey Burke, who attended Columbus Northland High School and was Mr. Basketball in Ohio last season. Burke was a teammate of Sullinger at Northland and says Ohio State didn’t seriously recruit him. Though Burke will be a center a attention, he says he’s trying to keep the focus on the court and to make plays for his team instead of worrying about one-on-one matchups.