Tuesday night’s overtime thriller between Ohio State and Michigan was an unbelievably entertaining and high-quality basketball game. Credit the Buckeyes for hanging tough in a raucous atmosphere.
But a three-time defending Big Ten champion is not in the business of moral victories.
The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker in overtime at Crisler Arena 76-74 in a contest that was defined by momentum swings, lights-out shooting from Tim Hardaway Jr. and enthralling defense by Aaron Craft and Trey Burke.
While fans of both teams would be lucky to see a rubber match in the Big Ten Tournament (something that happened last season), the road doesn’t get any easier in the nation’s best conference going forward.
Read on to see 10 things we learned from the Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan.