It’s not the same intense rivalry as in College Football, but it’s still serious business when Michigan and Ohio State collide no matter what sport they’re playing. On Sunday afternoon, there were 16,606 people in attendance. The Ohio State Buckeyes made a statement to the Wolverines. They completely embarrassed them. The Buckeyes dismantled the Wolverines, 84-61, and ended a three-game losing streak to the Wolverines and now have a three-game winning streak. Buckeyes improve to 18-12, 8-11 in the Big Ten Conference.

The game was pretty close in the first half. Ohio State led by the end of the first half, 32-27. But coming out of the second half, this team went on a full-blown tenacity and picked Michigan’s defense apart. Ohio State outscored Michigan 52-34 in the second half. The Buckeyes’ biggest lead of the game was 29. Ohio State made 56% of their field goals and shot 41% from downtown. The team did everything right against Michigan. Ohio State tortured Michigan in fastbreak situations and scored buckets in the paint. Sophomore guard Bruce Thornton led the Buckeyes with 17 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Thornton made 3 of 8 shots with a three-pointer and all 10 of his free throws for the Buckeyes. Sophomore guard Roddy Gayle Jr had a good game coming off the bench and added 15 points.

This was a feel-good victory for Ohio State and their program. It’s a historical rivalry. So any win against Michigan will be a great day for Ohio State and their fanbase.

The 23-point win is the largest over Michigan since a 72-46 win at home in 2005.

Ohio State closes out the regular season at Rutgers on March 10. Bruce Thornton averages 24 points and seven assists career against Rutgers.

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