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No. 23 Ohio State men's basketball falls to Michigan in regular-season finale; Big Ten tourney up next

After losing three of their last four games, the Buckeyes will skid into the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed.
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Michigan's DeVante Jones, right, dribbles up the court as Ohio State's Jamari Wheeler defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — DeVante' Jones scored 21 points and Michigan rallied in the second half, wrapping up its up-and-down Big Ten regular season by beating No. 23 Ohio State 75-69 Sunday.

Fill-in coach Phil Martelli guided the Wolverines (17-13, 11-9) as coach Juwan Howard finished out his five-game suspension for hitting a Wisconsin assistant in a postgame handshake line. Howard is expected back on the sidelines when the Big Ten conference begins this week.

E.J. Liddell recorded his eighth double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Ohio State (19-10, 12-8), which lost for the third time in four games. Full seedings for the conference tourney are still to be determined, but both teams are guaranteed a bye to the second round.

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Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half and down by seven at the break, the Wolverines went on a 14-1 run midway through the second to jump ahead 56-44 with 10:18 left.

The Buckeyes pulled within four points with 11 seconds remaining, but Terrance Williams II made a pair of free throws to seal it.

Williams added 17 points for the Wolverines while Eli Brooks and Moussa Diabate scored 14 apiece. St. Vincent-St. Mary grad Malaki Branham led Ohio State with 18 points and Justin Ahrens had 12, including four 3-pointers.


Wolverines 7-foot-1 center Hunter Dickinson missed Sunday's game due to a stomach ailment.


Michigan: The Wolverines' offense took a blow in Dickinson's absence, shooting 41% after reaching at least 50% in the last three games.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes dropped their fourth game against unranked teams in their last seven outings. Opponents have shot 42.2% or better in six of those games.


The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday, although both Ohio State and Michigan won't play until Thursday. The Buckeyes will be the No. 6 seed, while the Wolverines will be slated either seventh or eighth.

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