COLUMBUS, Ohio – A column from the game is coming, but just a few interesting notes on Ohio State’s 56-53 win over Michigan on Sunday…
**Thad Matta is now 17-3 against Michigan, including eight wins in the last nine.
**Michigan was the last undefeated team in the nation and with a win would likely have been No. 1 in the national polls that come out Monday for the first time since the Fab Five’s sophomore year in 1992-93.
**Michigan hasn’t won in Columbus since 2003.
**Ohio State led by as much as 21 in the first half. Trey Burke opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, and Ohio State scored the next 16. Michigan came back to tie the game at 46 with 5:59 left but never took the lead.
**Ohio State’s defense was especially impressive. Michigan had scored 70 or more in 13 of its 16 games and 80 or more in six of its last eight. The Wolverines came into the game ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring, scoring margin, field-goal percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and turnovers per game. On Sunday, they shot 18-of-47, had 8 assists to 13 turnovers and scored just 22 points in the first half — and only got there by finishing the half on a 7-0 run.
**Here’s what Michigan coach John Beilein said about Aaron Craft’s defense after the game: “Craft is as good (defensively) as there is, as I’ve ever seen. He’s tremendous. I just applaud that.”