Earlier this week, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds caused a stir when he proclaimed to the Austin American-Statesman, “The sport of basketball is in shambles.”
Clearly Dodds is watching too much of the stumbling Longhorns and not enough of the exhilarating Big Ten.
Third-ranked Michigan and 10th-ranked Ohio State delivered the latest dazzling Big Ten clash, exchanging clutch baskets and hard-earned defensive stops all through regulation and overtime until the Wolverines finally gained the upper hand. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had key blocked shots against Ohio State’s Aaron Craft in the final 15 seconds, preserving Michigan’s 76-74 home victory.
Rallying from an eight-point second-half deficit enabled Michigan to avenge a previous loss to Ohio State in Columbus and avoid its first losing streak of the season. The Wolverines could not afford to follow Saturday’s loss at Indiana with another setback since they still have road games at Wisconsin and Michigan State looming next on their schedule.