Regardless of sport, stakes are always at a premium when Ohio State and Michigan meet. But as the two are set to square off from the Value City Arena for tonight's 9 p.m. tip, the importance is higher than bragging rights.
In the season's only meeting between the two rivals, thanks to a three-game surge after appearing left for dead, Ohio State can climb within two games of the Big Ten leading Wolverines in the conference standings with a win. The Buckeyes enter tonight's game ranked No. 22, 19-5 on the season, 6-5 in the Big Ten, in a tie for fourth with No. 21 Wisconsin. Michigan, victims in two of their last three, sits atop the Big Ten in tie with No. 9 Michigan State at 9-2 in conference action, 17-6 overall.
Ohio State began it's winning streak dispatching Wisconsin and Iowa, ranked opponents on the road, as they look to climb their first win at home against a top-25 club. Ohio State is the second of four-consecutive opponents Michigan will face, with dates at home against Wisconsin and Michigan State on the horizon.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Michigan 93-73, 17-4 under coach Thad Matta. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a 53-26 advantage.
||OHIO STATE BUCKEYES|
|17-6, 9-2 | AP #15 / Coaches #18
19-5, 6-5 | AP #22 / Coaches #20
|Derrick Walton Jr.||G||Aaron Craft|
|Caris LeVert||G||Lenzelle Smith Jr.|
|Nik Stauskas||G/F||Sam Thompson|
|Glenn Robinson III||F||LaQuinton Ross|
|Jordan Morgan||F||Amir Williams|
|Date:||February 11, 2013
|Time:||9:00 p.m. ET
||Arena:||Value City Arena
|TV:||ESPN - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1301 HD/31 SD, WOW! 211 HD/33 SD, DirecTV 206, DISH 140||Spread:||-3.5|
|Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460||Over/Under:||128.5|
||Maize n Brew|
|Beat the hell out of Michigan|