The Wolverines entered Sunday’s match up with No. 15 Ohio State as the lone undefeated team in Division I hoops after No. 1 Duke took a spill against NC State on Saturday, but No. 2 Michigan lost to the Buckeyes 56-53 after trailing OSU by 12 points at half-time.
The Gophers will play host to the Wolverines on Thursday in a prime-time match up scheduled to be shown on ESPN.
Michigan had a very good chance of being ranked No. 1 entering Thursday night’s match up with Minnesota — but 20 points by Buckeye forward Deshaun Thomas ended that outlook.
Trey Burke, one of the favorites for the Bob Cousy award for best collegiate point guard, was held to 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting. The sophomore averages more than 18 points and seven assists per game, but was held to four assists on Sunday.
Michigan’s third-leading scorer and outstanding true freshman Nik Stauskas was held scoreless despite averaging more than 13 points per contest.
Of the top three teams in the Big Ten, only Indiana squeaked out a win this weekend, beating the Gophers in Bloomington.