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Wolverines visit Buckeyes in Big Ten showdown

The 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines head to ranked Ohio State Buckeyes with the first place position in the Big Ten Conference standings at stake.

This will be the 162nd meeting in the all-time series between Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes hold a 90-71 edge in the rivalry and have gone 51-26 against the Wolverines in Columbus to this point. Ohio State has won five overall and 14 of the last 16 meetings in the series. The Wolverines will be looking to snap their seven-game losing streak in Columbus today.

Michigan head coach John Beilein led his team to a crucial 66-64 road victory over the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday to stay in first place in the conference. Despite defeating Purdue on the road, Michigan is still only 2-4 in games away from home this year. The Wolverines still own an impressive 16-5 overall record which includes a 6-2 mark in league play. The Wolverines submitted their best shooting performance since entering Big Ten play against Purdue, as they made 54 percent of their field goals including 6-of-9 from three point range. The Wolverines provide a challenge for their opponents as they allow a mere 61.0 ppg, which is fourth best in the league.

Michigan has one of the best backcourts in the nation as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke are two of the top guards in the Big Ten. Hardaway is the team's leading scorer with an average of 15.2 ppg. The sophomore guard came up huge his last time out as he scored 19 points to help charge the victory over Purdue. Hardaway Jr., has a big impact every time he steps on the floor due to his athleticism, which he utilizes at both ends. Despite being a freshman, Burke is tied for second in the conference in assists (5.0 apg) and second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg). Evan Smotrycz is leading Michigan on the boards with 5.7 rpg and Zack Novak is a third scoring option as he is netting just under 10 ppg.

Thad Matta's Buckeyes come in with an impressive 18-3 record after dominating Penn State 78-54 their last time out. The victory improved the team's Big Ten record to 6-2. Ohio State has won three straight games, with all of the victories coming by double-digit margins. The Buckeyes have been sharp at both ends of the floor this season and exhibited their talents against Penn State by shooting 50 percent from the field and holding the Nittany Lions to 31.3 percent shooting. Ohio State leads the Big Ten with a +22.0 scoring margin.

Jared Sullinger leads the charge for Ohio State with averages of 17.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg. The star sophomore recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds versus Penn State. Sullinger has now recorded nine double-doubles this season. William Buford and Deshaun Thomas are both quality players for the Buckeyes as they each have averages around 15 ppg. Buford has scored in double figures in three straight contests. Thomas saw his streak of five straight games with double-digit scoring end, as he was held to nine points by Penn State.