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Michigan and Ohio State meet in clash of ranked rivals

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Longtime rivals square off in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Value City Arena on Tuesday night, as the 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines battle the 22nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michigan is out to recover from an 85-67 rout at the hands on Iowa on Saturday. The loss was the second in the last three games for the Wolverines, who are still a solid 17-6 overall, which includes a 9-2 league ledger, tying them for first place with ninth-ranked Michigan State. A date against Wisconsin is next on the schedule.

Ohio State has 19-5 overall mark, but is just 6-5 in conference action. The Buckeyes have begun to pick up steam of late, however, with wins in three straight contests, including a 67-49 triumph over Purdue on Saturday. They will visit Illinois next time out.

This is the only scheduled meeting between these foes, whose rivalry is more storied on the football field, but still has plenty of history on the hardwood. Ohio State has the edge in the all-time series (93-73), but the teams split the season series last year, with the two games decided by a combined five points.

Michigan got beat up on the inside in the recent loss to Iowa. The Wolverines were outrebounded, 38-29, and also outscored in the paint, 24-18. As a team, they shot just 42.3 percent from the field, with Caris LeVert leading the way with 22 points.

It was an uncharacteristic showing offensively for Michigan against Iowa, The Wolverines are one of the most efficient scoring teams in the country, ranking 17th in field goal percentage (.484). The struggles on the boards were not so unprecedented, with the Wolverines last in the Big Ten in rebounds (32.7 rpg). Nik Stauskas (17 ppg, 3.7 apg) is the leader among three players averaging in double figures. The 6-foot-6 guard is most deadly from beyond the arc, where he shoots at a 44.4 percent clip. Also aiding the cause are Glenn Robinson III (13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and LeVert (12.6 ppg)

Ohio State put forth an impressive defensive showing in the recent win over Purdue. The Buckeyes forced 15 turnovers, while committing only seven, to lead to an 18-6 scoring differential off takeaways. They also held the Boilermakers to 42 percent shooting. LaQuinton Ross scored 17 points to pace the victors.

Lighting up the scoreboard against the Buckeyes is certainly no easy proposition, as the squad ranks ninth in the country in scoring defense (58.9 ppg). Keeping passing lanes closed has been the key, with foes only assisting on 8.9 field goals per game, the third-best mark in the nation. Ross (14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (12 ppg) are the team's go-to scorers. Smith had 16 points against Purdue and Ross extended his streak in double figures to a season-best eight games. Amir Williams (9.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) lends support as the top rebounder and Aaron Craft (9.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.5 spg) and Shannon Scott (7.8 ppg, 2 apg) are aggressive defenders in the backcourt.

02/11 10:37:48 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
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MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
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SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
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PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
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TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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NOR