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Aaron Craft will make life tough for Trey Burke in the two regular season meetings between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines.
Two of the most important Big Ten games on the Michigan Wolverines schedule are against the Ohio State Buckeyes, and junior point guard Aaron Craft will be a tough matchup for sophomore counterpart Trey Burke.
Every single game in league play is a must-win given the strength and depth of the conference this season. If the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year is able to neutralize Burke like he did in two of the three meetings last year, the Wolverines could be swept by the Buckeyes.
In Michigan's two losses to Ohio State last season, Burke only knocked down 6-of-22 field goal attempts and averaged a mere nine points.
Burke did get the better of Craft in their Feb. 18 meeting at the Crisler Center, though, and scored 17 points to go along with five assists. His play helped the Wolverines pull out a 56-51 victory.
Michigan cannot afford to give too many conference games away, even if they are against nationally-ranked foes. Although the Wolverines have much more depth than they did last season, Burke will have to play well for the Maize and Blue to top the Buckeyes on Jan. 13 and Feb. 5.