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Ohio State drops another game, falls below .500 in loss to Michigan

Buckeyes Wire 2/5/2023 Phil Harrison
Ohio State basketball falls below .500 after loss to rival Michigan © Provided by Buckeyes Wire Ohio State basketball falls below .500 after loss to rival Michigan

It’s beginning to feel like the Ohio State basketball team may not win another game in 2023. Coming into the game on the road against Michigan, the Buckeyes had dropped 8-of-9 to fall to 11-11 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten and heading the wrong way fast.

Make it nine losses in ten games because Ohio State fell to the rival Wolverines 77-69 on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

If you watched the game, it sure looked and felt like the Buckeyes played a lot better. There weren’t as many turnovers and the rebounding against a long and athletic Michigan frontline was basically a push.

Unfortunately, to win games you have to see the ball go through the hoop and Ohio State couldn’t make enough shots to splash through the net in this one, finishing just 40.6% from the field. On the other end, the Wolverines made good on 49.1% of their shots. OSU had seven more shot attempts, but two fewer field goals.

If there’s a silver lining in this one, we saw Bruce Thorton come back to life a little bit. He led Ohio State with 22 points on 10-of-13 field goals and was much more active and assertive. Brice Sensabaugh also finished in double figures again with 14 points, but it was a very inefficient 4-of-14 shooting outing. Justice Sueing was the only other Buckeye in double figures with 14 points.

Big man Hunter Dickinson led Michigan with 26 points and 11 rebounds to notch a double-double. He was money in the paint, going 10-of-15 from the field. The Buckeyes really had no answer for one of the better post players in the game.

With the loss, OSU falls below .500 to 11-12 overall and down to 3-9 in the Big Ten. At this point, it’s time to start thinking about next season.

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