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Trey Burke and Aaron Craft will be difficult matchups for one another.
Sophomore Trey Burke and junior Aaron Craft are the top two point guards in the Big Ten Conference, and it will be critical for the Michigan Wolverines to win this matchup in order to come away with a victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
In Michigan's two losses to Ohio State last season, Burke only amassed 18 points and nine assists. However, in the Wolverines' 56-51 upset of the Buckeyes at the Crisler Center, Burke notched 17 points and five assists.
Burke's offensive numbers are much better than Craft's through the first half of the 2012-13 season, but the Buckeyes need the Findlay, Ohio native's best effort on the defensive end of the floor more than they need his scoring.
The Columbus, Ohio product is Michigan's leading scorer with an average of 18.2 points per game to go along with 7.5 assists per contest, while Craft is only putting up 8.9 points and dishing out 4.7 assists a night for the Buckeyes.
The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year will provide Burke with his toughest test to date, and the Wolverines will need the 6'0", 190-pounder to continue playing at an All-American level if they hope to top Ohio State on the road.
Craft does have a tendency to get into foul trouble early, so Burke should be aggressive in the first half and attempt to force the Buckeyes to play without their veteran distributor.
This game could also wind up playing a major factor in who takes home the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award since Burke and Craft are among the 20 finalists for the coveted trophy.