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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's win over Michigan Sunday ended Michigan's 16-0 start.
It also kept the Wolverines from being No. 1 in the new national polls released Monday.
Those are subplots to what was a very intense, very important game in what's going to be grueling Big Ten race. But every Ohio State player knew that Michigan came into the game as the nation's last undefeated team.
"There's always satisfaction in denying Michigan the No. 1 spot in the country," Ohio State senior Evan Ravenel said after the game, smiling but leaving it at that.
Michigan would have been No. 1 for the first time since 1992-93, when some guys known as the Fab Five were in their second season wearing maize and blue. The win continued Ohio State's recent dominance in the series, too. The Buckeyes eliminated Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last year, and with Sunday's win Ohio State coach Thad Matta improved to 17-3 against the Wolverines.
Ranked No. 2 coming into the game, Michigan slipped to No. 5 in the newest coaches poll. The Wolverines were also No. 5 in the AP poll, where they were one of five teams to receive a first-place vote.
In the coaches poll, No. 1 Louisville got 18 first-place votes, No. 2 Duke got six and No. 3 Indiana got seven.
Ohio State moved from No. 14 to 11 in both polls, just ahead of Minnesota. That means four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 12. Michigan's next game is Thursday at Minnesota, and Ohio state's next game is Saturday at No. 17 Michigan State.
See why Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday that he thinks a team could lose six conference games and still win the Big Ten?
Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State shared last year's title with 13-5 conference records.
After Sunday's game, Beilein said he knew no team would go undefeated and hopes his team will learn from Sunday's experience in Columbus.
"Rankings are irrelevant," Beilein said. "(Being No. 1), it's great, but the rankings are irrelevant. What's the end of the story? what are you like in March? That's when we'll know."
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John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches on a conference call on Monday. Beilein discussed his team’s tough loss to Ohio State, what it’s like playing in the Big Ten with five freshmen and more. You can read selected notes and quotes below.
Opening statement: “We had an exciting game in Columbus yesterday. We didn’t come out with the win we had hoped to have, but...
John Beilein faced the media after Michigan’s three point loss at Ohio State. Watch the coach’s press conference in the embedded media player below or read highlighted quotes after the jump.
“Watching film and watching them today, Ohio State is a really, really good defensive team. And you are watching a team that plays defense, buys into it and then very skilled defenders...
Michigan coach John Beilein talks about today’s game, but he isn’t willing to talk in-depth about his Wolverines’ 16-0 start to the season because in his eyes, “What have we done yet?” With Ohio State waiting in Columbus, what could be done today would be impressive.
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Jaksic appears to have all the tools of a high-major big man and college coaches are steadily beginning to notice.
“I’m a skilled big that has a variety of post moves inside. I can finish over...
Coming into Sunday’s matchup against Ohio State, the Michigan Wolverines had the number one rated offense according to the Pomeroy ratings. John Beilein’s team had scored more than one point per possession in every game they had played, with their lowest scoring rate coming in the previous game against Nebraska, when the Wolverines had dropped 1.09 points per trip on the Cornhuskers...
Michigan’s perfect start to the season came crashing down as the Wolverines were ran off the court early in Columbus and could never fully recover. Ohio State opened the game on a 26-6 run and John Beilein’s team was forced to play catch up for the final 30 minutes. While Michigan made a valiant effort and was able to tie the game at 46 in the second half but it wasn’t enough...
Michigan is the lone undefeated team remaining in the nation and will put its record on the line at Ohio State this afternoon. A win would mark the Wolverines best start in program history and almost assuredly give Michigan a No. 1 ranking on Monday. Tip off is scheduled for 1:37 p.m. on CBS with Tim Brando and Clark Kellogg on the call.
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Coach: John Beilein (5 seasons at Michigan 91-77) Overall 642-395, 34 years
2011-12: Record 24-10 overall, 13-5 in Big Ten (Tie/1st)
Starters Returning (3) Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Trey Burke
Preseason Tournament: Preseason NIT
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. NC State, vs. West Virginia, vs. Arkansas
Transfer Out: Evan Smotrycz (Maryland), Carlton Brundidge (Detroit...