(13) Ohio 65

(28-7, 11-5 MAC)

(4) Michigan 60

(24-10, 13-5 Big Ten)

    Coverage: TNT

    7:20 PM ET, March 16, 2012

    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

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    #13OHIO 35 3065
    #4MICH 29 3160

    Top Performers

    Ohio: D. Cooper 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast

    Michigan: E. Smotrycz 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

    Ohio holds on to shock fourth-seeded Michigan

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Walter Offutt got a taste for what it was like to beat Michigan while he was at Ohio State. Clinching an upset win for Ohio over the Wolverines in the NCAA tournament is just a bit sweeter.

    Offutt, who ended up at Ohio by way of Wright State, grabbed a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with 6.8 seconds left to preserve Ohio's 65-60 upset of Michigan on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.

    "It's been an amazing journey," Offutt said. "Probably the best thing that ever happened in my life."

    The No. 13 Bobcats have had quite the season, winning the Mid-American Conference tournament and a program-record 28 victories. There's still time for more great things, starting with a game against South Florida on Sunday.

    "We're playing our best basketball of the year, no doubt about that," said Ohio coach John Groce, whose 2009-10 Bobcats squad upset third-seeded Georgetown.

    Ohio had the Wolverines on their heels throughout the game, but Michigan's Trey Burke hit a 3 with 4:12 left to cut it to 63-60. But the Wolverines missed their final five shots, including four by the freshman Burke.

    "We were really emphasizing (that) this doesn't have to be a 3-point game," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Could we have gotten more open (shots)? Well, time would have told, but those were the choices he made, and we live with them."

    On Burke's third miss, fourth-seeded Michigan (24-10) got the rebound but Smotrycz lost control of the ball in front of the Wolverines bench, and Offutt grabbed it.

    Ohio shot 51.2 percent and held Michigan to 40.7 percent shooting, including 7 for 23 from 3-point range, typically the Wolverines' comfort zone. The Bobcats entered the tournament ranked 13th in the nation in 3-point defense, with opponents shooting just 29.6 percent against them.

    "I thought our ability to defend the 3 was going to be critical coming into the game," Groce said.

    D.J. Cooper led the Bobcats with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Offutt scored 11 points, and Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely both added 10.

    Burke scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. Smotrycz scored 15 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14.

    The teams traded the lead three times and were tied a fourth time when Baltic spun around in the lane and hit a jumper that launched a 15-2 run for Ohio. Nick Kellogg was left open and sank a 3-pointer that made it 35-22 with 2:49 in the first half.

    The Bobcats smothered the Wolverines' perimeter shooting and dared them to go inside. Even though Michigan was the smaller of the two teams, it outscored Ohio in the paint 16-12 in the first half.

    Hardaway Jr. managed to get 10 points by halftime, but Zack Novak, Stu Douglass and Burke, who together average 31.9 points per game, combined for just seven points.

    The loss is just another NCAA disappointment for a Michigan program that hasn't been to the round of 16 since 1994. The Wolverines are 3-9 in tournament games since then.

    But it especially hurts for seniors Douglass and Novak, who helped lead the team to a three-way tie with Ohio State and Michigan State for the Big Ten regular-season championship.

    "I haven't cried over a basketball game since I got knocked out in high school," said Douglass, whose 136 career games is a record for Michigan. "So that kind of paints the picture for you."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 65 60
    FG Made-Attempted 22-43 (.512) 22-54 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-16 (.375) 7-23 (.304)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-17 (.882) 9-11 (.818)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 2


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    Research Notes

    NEXT LEVEL: Ohio shot 59.3 percent on 2-point field goals Friday, the third-highest percentage in a game against Michigan this season. The Bobcats were more efficient than Michigan in the paint, scoring the same amount of paint points (24) with nine fewer field goal attempts.
    Ohio scored 63 of its 65 points in the half court Friday, shooting 15 percentage points higher than Michigan in half-court sets. In their last tournament victory over Georgetown in 2010, the Bobcats shot 57 percent and outscored the Hoyas by 18 points in the half court.
    The last 2 wins by MAC teams in the Men's Basketball Championship both belong to Ohio. The Bobcats also beat 3-seed Georgetown in the Round of 64 in 2010. Since 2004, Ohio is 2-2 in Tournament. All other MAC teams are 0-6

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