The Michigan Wolverines might have a bad taste in their mouth after getting dumped from the Big Ten tournament earlier than they had hoped after securing a share of the regular season title, but they can start to push toward an NCAA championship on Friday when they face the Ohio Bobcats.
Michigan might want to watch out, because the Bobcats could be a surprise upset with their recent great play, having won eight of their last nine games. Ohio has a pretty good defense and a pretty good player in D.J. Cooper on their offense, averaging 14.6 points per game this season. The biggest issue for Ohio is that past Cooper, the pickings are slim on offense, so Michigan can focus on him to shut them down.
The Wolverines' offense is led by Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, both of whom can catch fire at times. This one could be a lot more interesting than Michigan will be hoping for if Ohio can get to them early.
Game time: 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
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