Most of the Michigan blogosphere is concerned with some football coach that was introduced today. However, there is a basketball tonight that’s more important than the coach that may or may not be introduced at halftime. Michigan hosts Ohio State for a unique (or maybe common on the BTN?) 6:30 pm tip off tonight at Crisler Arena.
Ohio State is the vaunted number two team in the nation but Michigan will be looking for the upset in the rivalry game. The full game preview lives here and you can enter our new contest here. You can also find our pregame videos with John Beilein and with the players from Tuesday afternoon.
Join the conversation as we discuss the game in the comments of this thread.
Moe Sport Shops offered to sponsor a contest on the blog and we decided to borrow an idea from our friends at Inside the Hall: Pick to Click.
The contest is relatively simple, for each game you pick the Michigan player that you expect to have the best game. If that player does have the best game (calculated by a formula listed below) you will earn a point. At the end of the season we’ll tally up all the points and find our winner. Moe Sport Shops is sponsoring the tournament and will provide a $100 gift certificate for first place and $50 for the runner up. (Ties will have to be split.)
|Who: Ohio State (16-0) at Michigan (11-5)|
|Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI|
|When: January 12th, 2011, 6:30 PM|
|Radio: MGoBlue / WWWW 102.9 FM/Sirius 121/XM 141|
|Pregame Video: Beilein / Players|
Three days after losing to the number three team in the nation, Michigan gets the chance to host the number two ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State hasn’t looked great in Big Ten play, narrowly escaping upset bids from Iowa and Minnesota, but the Buckeyes are undefeated and have the most talented roster in the Big Ten.
Ohio State is anchored in the middle by a player you might have heard of, Jared Sullinger, perhaps the best player in the country. Sullinger isn’t just big and strong – 6-foot-9 280 pounds – he is extremely skilled with a gamut of post moves. He’s a controlling rebounder, pulling down almost 30% of opponents’ missed shots when he’s on the floor, and he connects on 61% of his two point attempts while getting to the line often.
John Beilein was available to talk about Michigan’s upcoming game against Ohio State. The video of what he had to say is below with notes and quote, per usual, after the jump.
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