In its latest issue, ESPN The Magazine went inside the Michigan and Ohio State men's basketball programs as the teams prepared for their primetime showdown on Feb. 5.
Elena Bergeron writes about how Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke grew up in Columbus and became one who got away from the Buckeyes.
Ryan McGee writes about at the relationship between college hoops and football recruiting, noting that Michigan football coach Brady Hoke's job is made a bit easier by the Wolverines' success on the court.
Tim Keown writes that in a season so unpredictable that the weekly rankings have been knocked around like pool balls, Michigan coach John Beilein's game plan remains the same: You can never be too prepared.
Getting the banned back together: For the first time in a decade, Chris Webber will soon be allowed to reunite with the Fab Five at Michigan. Steve Wulf asks: What's stopping him?
Wayne Drehs examines whether it's Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft's defense that enrages opposing fans -- or if it's something else entirely.
Sarah Turcotte writes that Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas may drive his teammates crazy, but when the Buckeyes really need a bucket, everyone looks his way.
Jay Bilas answers the question: Where did the Big Ten's seemingly sudden power surge come from?