Wednesday, April 10

Michigan upsets Ohio State, 75-69, without Hunter Dickinson

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bodies surged in the other direction as DeVante’ Jones lay crumpled beneath the basket on hands and knees.  

Seconds prior, Michigan basketball’s point guard had flung himself across the lane with the shot clock melting in a game his team needed to win. He contorted his body around Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell in mid-air but flipped the ball off the glass anyway for the biggest bucket of his collegiate career, a shot that likely pushed the Wolverines off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament. 

It was the most crucial of buckets on an afternoon when the graduate transfer from Coastal Carolina dragged this program from the brink of the NIT to something greater while star center Hunter Dickinson watched from the locker room, felled by a stomach ailment that kept him off the floor. Jones scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half and chipped in nine assists as the Wolverines used a stunning 26-7 run to erase a narrow deficit and pull away from No. 23 Ohio State. The 75-69 victory sends Michigan to the Big Ten tournament on a rip-roaring high with confidence renewed and its head coach, Juwan Howard, set to return for Thursday’s game.   

Michigan's DeVante' Jones dribbles past Ohio State's Jamari Wheeler during the first half Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

Terrance Williams II poured in 17 points off the bench, including a trio of 3-pointers, and the Wolverines got 28 combined points from Moussa Diabate and Eli Brooks. As a team, U-M shot 11-for-11 from the free-throw line to close out the win.  

Malaki Branham led Ohio State with 18 points. E.J. Liddell added 16 points and 13 rebounds but shot 4-for-10 from the field.  

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