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Dearth of veteran playmakers leaves Michigan in lurch

It happened at North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when a critical first-half swing snowballed into a 14-point halftime deficit it could never recover from in an 86-71 trouncing.

And it happened once again Monday night when Ohio State used a 16-0 flurry to wipe out Michigan’s 20-point lead and a 15-2 run over the final five minutes to hand the Wolverines a deflating 71-62 loss .

The only offense Abdur-Rahkman and Wagner could muster were two free throws apiece that put Michigan up 60-56 with 4:54 to play, a lead that was short-lived and somewhat surprising considering the Wolverines scored just 19 points and shot 17.2 percent (5-for-29) over the final 20 minutes.

Freshmen Eli Brooks and Jordan Poole and sophomores Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske accounted for the other four made baskets.

Robinson said his stroke hasn’t changed and chalked it up to the ebbs and flows of the season, while Beilein said the condensed schedule has likely played a role.

READ MORE (The Detroit News)

  • Ohio State erases 20-point deficit, knocks off rival MichiganBig Ten Network
  • Michael Arace | Buckeyes of second half is what team needs to beThe Columbus Dispatch
  • Michigan blows 20-point lead in loss to Ohio StateThe Detroit News
  • Ohio State basketball pulls off big comeback in 71-62 win over
  • Beilein quotes Harbaugh, hopes Michigan responds from devastating
  • Against rival Ohio State, Michigan suffers another stinging defeatToledo Blade
  • Michigan lets big lead slip away at Ohio
  • Furious rally powers Ohio State to 71-62 win over MichiganYahoo Sports
  • Ohio State stuns Michigan with second-half rallySporting News

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