ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Ohio State is in the midst of a downward spiral.
After only losing one out of their first thirteen games, the Buckeyes have now lost six of their last seven games after a 65-49 rout on the road against No. 5 Michigan on Tuesday night.
Ohio State got off to an impressive start as they took an early 12-6 lead over Michigan at the first media timeout by making five of their first seven shots.
The Wolverines came clawing back in the ensuing minutes though as they claimed their first lead of the game with 7:06 left in the first half.
Michigan ended up capitalizing on Ohio State’s eleven first half turnovers as they took a 32-26 halftime lead and ended the half on a 7-0 run.
The Buckeyes tried to keep the game close in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Wolverines would run away with a monumental 65-49 victory to send Ohio State back to Columbus with a loss in the only regular season meeting between these two teams this season.
It was a rough night for the Buckeyes, not just because of the final score, but because of their ball security and offensive struggles as Ohio State turned the ball over as many times as they made baskets (19).
Michigan took advantage of the turnover margin on Tuesday as they scored 20 of their 65 points off of Ohio State turnovers while the Wolverines only turned the ball over nine times.
Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson ended up leading the team in points before fouling out on a technical foul. Wesson finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks before being escorted back to the locker room early.
Senior guard C.J. Jackson was the only other Buckeye to score in double digits on the road in Ann Arbor as he finished the night with eleven points on 4-of-6 shooting while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and dishing out four assists.
It was Michigan junior point guard Zavier Simpson who stole the spotlight at the Crisler Center on Tuesday night as he recorded the sixth-ever triple-double in school history with eleven points, ten rebounds and twelve assists.
With the loss, Ohio State falls to 13-7 overall on the season and a dismal 3-6 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have now lost six of their last seven games after starting the season with a 12-1 record and their chances of making the NCAA Tournament are in serious doubt.
The Buckeyes will look to bounce back this Saturday as they take on Rutgers back home at Value City Arena. The Scarlet Knights have won back-to-back games against Nebraska and Penn State and will take on Indiana on the road Wednesday night before heading to Columbus.
Tip-off on Saturday between Ohio State and Rutgers is scheduled for noon ET and the game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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