Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes
No. 19 Michigan Wolverines Preview
The Michigan Wolverines had a five-game winning streak snapped Thursday, when they played one of their worst defensive games of the season, losing 81-74 at home to Wisconsin and allowing 53.7 percent shooting. Michigan missed starting guard Eli Brooks, a physical junior who suffered a broken nose against Purdue on Feb. 22.
Michigan went with an ineffective big lineup without Brooks, whom coach Juwan Howard calls the “anchor” of his defense. Brooks might be able to play with a protective mask on Sunday in the rematch against Ohio State, which won a 61-58 dogfight in Ann Arbor on Feb. 4. The Wolverines have won their past four road games.
No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes Preview
The Ohio State Buckeyes were shorthanded Thursday night in a 75-54 romp at Nebraska, using a three-guard lineup when it had only eight scholarship players available. The key guy to get back against Michigan — although his status was up in the air — is starting forward Kyle Young, who is battling a sprained ankle and was in a walking boot on the sideline Thursday.
He averages 7.5 points and is the second-leading rebounder at 5.8 per game. On offense, Ohio State uses the best 3-point attack (37.3 percent) in the Big Ten to complement big man Kaleb Wesson, who leads the Buckeyes in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (9.6). OSU has won seven of its past nine games.