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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Michigan 25, OSU 20 (H)

By Michael Rothstein

Some quick thoughts after the first half:

Turning point: Ohio State guard Aaron Craft picked up his second foul of the half after Tim Hardaway Jr. drew a charge with 4:04 to go before the break. His absence opened up the floor for point guard Trey Burke, who had been smothered by Craft for the majority of the half. Michigan responded with a 3-pointer from Stuart Douglass on the next possession.

Best player in the half: Burke. After struggling against Ohio State on the road on Jan. 29, Burke played much, much better at home. He was able to drive intermittently on Craft, controlled pace and played smartly. His best assist of the half was a drive to the free throw line where he somehow found Jordan Morgan for a layup. In all, Burke finished the half with seven points, three assists and no turnovers.

What Michigan needs to do, What Ohio State needs to do: Michigan -- Keep doing what it is doing. The Wolverines are controlling the pace of play, doing a good job doubling Jared Sullinger and not taking quick shots in a possession that could cause lead to easy transition baskets for the Buckeyes. Ohio State -- Go inside. Michigan has done a good job on Sullinger, however the Buckeyes are falling in love with the 3-pointer too much and it wasn't falling for them. Michigan struggled in the post with Sullinger in its first meeting, but so far the Buckeyes haven't utilized him as much.