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No. 7 Ohio St beats No. 10 Michigan 77-55

Associated Press Modified: March 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: March 10, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan is heading to NCAA tournament. The Wolverines will try to leave their most lopsided loss of the season behind.

Jared Sullinger scored 24 points to help No. 7 Ohio State defeat No. 10 Michigan 77-55 on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

The Wolverines (24-9) shot 31 percent from the field, made 4 of 25 3-pointers and committed 18 turnovers in one of their worst offensive performances of the season. Michigan guard Stu Douglass said he's not concerned with how the Wolverines will respond. The Wolverines have won the next game after every loss this season.

"We bounce back after every loss," said Douglass, who scored five points. "We realize what's at stake. It's good for us to experience this. We'll come back, learn a lot from this and watch film."

Tim Hardaway, Jr., led No. 2 seed Michigan with 13 points, but he made just 3 of 10 shots. Trey Burke, Michigan's other star player, scored five points on 1-for-11 shooting and had eight turnovers.

Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and William Buford added 10 for the third-seeded Buckeyes (27-6).

Ohio State and Michigan, better known for their football rivalry, have ramped up the one on the hardwood in recent years, too. The teams met the previous two years in the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State won 68-61 last year in the semifinals. Evan Turner's 37-foot jumper as time expired gave the Buckeyes a 69-68 quarterfinal win in 2010.

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