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Michigan vs. Ohio State basketball: highlights, matchups, and records before Sunday’s top-five showdown

No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State will meet Sunday in the first top-five meeting between the Big Ten rivals.

Game time is scheduled for 1 pm at the Value City Arena in Columbus. It’s a potential No. 1 seed battle in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State (17-4) swept last year’s matchups and third-year coach Chris Holtmann is 3-2 against the Wolverines. Michigan (14-1) continues to roll under second-year coach Juwan Howard, who has experience in rivalry as a player and coach. He’s still looking for that first regular-season win against the Buckeyes.

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While the soccer rivalry between the two schools gets more publicity, those two coaches could elevate the basketball rivalry to new heights.

That starts on Sunday. Sporting News takes an in-depth look at the best of the Ohio State-Michigan basketball rivalry heading into the game.

The best showdown

No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 3 Ohio State 71 (March 29, 1992)

Ohio State, led by consensus All-American guard Jim Jackson, was the No. 1 seed in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes won both regular-season meetings with No. 6 seed Michigan, who was led. by the Fab Five. Those teams collided in an Elite Eight classic at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Jackson scored 20 points and Ohio State had a chance to win late in regulation before Chris Jent’s jump shot missed a lot. The Wolverines walked away in overtime behind Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. This remains the most notable chapter in the rivalry between the schools. Howard’s reaction said it all.

Best ending

No. 5 Ohio State 69, Michigan 68 (March 12, 2010)

The Buckeyes and Wolverines met in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in 2010, and Michigan needed to run for consideration for the NCAA tournament. Michigan seemed to have the surprise in hand after a Manny Harris jump shot with 2.2 seconds left, but Evan Turner took an inning pass, dribbled just inside the middle of the court and buried a buzzer that sent Michigan out. to home. Thad Matta’s reaction says it all.

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First ranked pairing

No. 18 Ohio State 91, No. 12 Michigan 85 (February 27, 1971)

In a showdown between two Big Ten heavyweights, Jim Cleamons led the Buckeyes to a victory at Crisler Arena. Ohio State won the Big Ten that season and Michigan finished second. It was their only meeting that season. Western Kentucky eliminated the Buckeyes from the NCAA Tournament at Elite Eight.

The best decade


This was the first time both shows had consistently ranked when they played in a heated rivalry with coaches John Beilein and Thad Matta. High school teammates Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke were star players on both sides.

The Wolverines and Buckeyes played seven consecutive games from 2012 to 2014 in which both teams qualified.

Michigan held a 4-3 lead in those games. The Buckeyes reached the Final Four in 2012 and Elite Eight in 2013. Michigan reached the NCAA championship in 2013 and Elite Eight in 2014.

Those matchups set the standard for the current rivalry between Holtmann and Howard.

Top-10 matchups

Ohio State and Michigan have played in two top-10 matchups in school history. The Buckeyes and Wolverines split those two matchups:

No. 7 Ohio State 77, No. 10 Michigan (March 10, 2012)

The Buckeyes and Wolverines split two regular season matchups, but the Buckeyes took this semifinal of the Big Ten tournament. Sullinger scored 24 points and Deshaun Thomas added 22 points. The Buckeyes limited Burke to just five points. Ohio State made the Final Four that season. Michigan lost in the first round to Ohio.

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No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 10 Ohio State 74 (February 5, 2013)

This would be the best regular season matchup between the schools. They played an overtime classic at Crisler Arena, and Tim Hardaway Jr. rallied the Wolverines with six triples and 23 points. Hardaway also blocked Aaron Craft’s shot in the ending. This was a memorable season win for Michigan, which ended in a national championship loss against Louisville.

The 25 best matches

Michigan and Ohio State have played 15 matchups when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes have an 8-7 lead in those games. A closer look:

February 27, 1971 No. 18 Ohio State 91, No. 12 Michigan 85
January 16, 1989 No. 6 Michigan 99, No. 16 Ohio State 73
February 2, 1992 No. 10 Ohio State 68, No. 15 Michigan 58
March 3, 1992 No. 6 Ohio State 77, No. 18 Michigan 66
March 29, 1992 * No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 3 Ohio State 71
February 9, 2006 No. 19 Ohio State 94, No. 22 Michigan 85
January 29, 2012 No. 4 Ohio State 64, No. 20 Michigan 49
February 18, 2012 No. 17 Michigan 56, No. 6 Ohio State 51
March 10, 2012 ** No. 7 Ohio State 77, No. 10 Michigan 55
January 13, 2013 No. 15 Ohio State 56, No. 2 Michigan 53
February 5, 2013 No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 10 Ohio State 74
February 11, 2014 No. 15 Michigan 70, No. 22 Ohio State 60
March 15, 2014 ** No. 8 Michigan 72, No. 24 Ohio State 69
February 18, 2018 No. 22 Michigan 74, No. 8 Ohio State 62
March 1, 2020 No. 23 Ohio State 77, No. 19 Michigan 63
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* Denotes Elite Eight Showdown
** Denotes showdown in Big Ten tournament

Michigan vs. Ohio State in 2020

The Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in a loaded Big Ten. EJ Liddell, Duane Washington and Justice Suenig all average double figures for Ohio State, which has lost just one game at home this season.

Michigan returned from a prolonged hiatus due to COVID-19 last week, and the Wolverines did not miss a beat in a win against Wisconsin. Isaiah Livers, Hunter Dickinson and Franz Wagner average double figures for the Wolverines. Michigan’s only loss this season came on the road against Minnesota.

That sets up the big Big Ten showdown for Sunday.

This game, along with a possible rematch in the Big Ten tournament, will go a long way in determining his seeded position in March.

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