Apparently gravity took the day off Sunday in Columbus, because Trey Burke’s go-ahead three-point attempt with 17 seconds remaining was three-fourths of the way down before rimming out, virtually ending Michigan’s hope at an impressive comeback.
The Wolverines’ loss was the Buckeyes gain, however, as Ohio State picked up that elusive “big-game” victory that had already slipped through its grasp three times this season.
Of course, Thad Matta would tell you that it didn’t have to be that exciting. The Scarlet and Gray leapt out to a 16-3 start right out of the gates and still had a 12-point lead at intermission. From there, they held on for dear life until the final buzzer sounded, escaping with a 56-53 win.
Read on to see the overall and individual grades for the Buckeyes in their best victory of the young season. There may be a bit of grade inflation, simply because Ohio State answered the bell in such an important game.