Ohio State forward Jae'Sean Tate attempts to score while defended by Michigan guard Duncan Robinson during Sunday's game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won the game, 74-62.
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ANN ARBOR — When Ohio State’s men’s basketball team took the floor Sunday at Crisler Center, Chris de Burgh’s classic hit “Lady in Red” serenaded the Buckeyes, a playful jab that signaled these uneasy neighbors remain estranged.
It continued when the Michigan student section booed former Wolverine-turned-Buckeye Andrew Dakich every time he touched the ball, when the same group of young adults chanted obscenities about the state of Ohio that can’t be printed, and during chippy moments starring the villainous Moritz Wagner.
Sunday was the first time Ohio State and Michigan met as ranked teams since the semifinals of the 2014 Big Ten tournament, a remarkably long pause for two proud programs. But the big-game feel finally returned to the rivalry in a sold-out Crisler Center that was painted maize. FULL STORY
ANN ARBOR — For a span of 10 weeks, almost everything went Ohio State’s way.
But now the Buckeyes approach the final week of the regular season in unfamiliar territory: On a losing streak.
For the first time since November and just the second time all season, the No. 8 Buckeyes lost back-to-back games, dropping a 74-62 decision Sunday at No. 22 Michigan. The loss to Michigan came after a no-show Thursday at Penn State, and the Buckeyes went from alone in first place in the Big Ten to a game behind Michigan State with two to play. FULL STORY
ANN ARBOR — If the Ohio State and Michigan football programs wage the greatest feud in sports — and they do — their hardwood cousins are like Dan and Dave.
Friendly enemies most of us remember exist every four years or so.
Is Ohio State-Michigan basketball a real rivalry? Is a hot dog a sandwich? No one is sure. FULL COLUMN
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