Walter Offutt added 11 points for the Bobcats (28-7), who won the Mid-American
Conference Tournament title game. Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely each tallied 10
Ohio, which is appearing in its 13th NCAA Tournament, will next do battle with
South Florida or Temple in the third round on Sunday.
Trey Burke ended with 16 points for the Wolverines (24-10), who won a share of
the Big Ten Conference's regular-season crown, their first since 1986. Evan
Smotrycz and Tim Hardaway Jr. donated 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Despite trailing for most of the game, Burke kept Michigan in the game down
the stretch. Burke scored his team's final 12 points to make things
He made a pair of three-pointers around Offutt's free throw and layup to
cut the gap to 63-60 with 4:12 to play.
With a chance to increase Ohio's lead, Cooper and Nick Kellogg missed three-
pointers. But Offutt blocked Smotrycz's attempted layup at the other end.
Following a few missed shots, the Wolverines called timeout with 1:32
remaining. Zack Novak, who was limited to two points, was off the mark from
But Kellogg quickly gave the ball back to Michigan, by dribbling the ball out
of bounds. Burke was unable to connect on a pair of shots from beyond the arc,
but the Wolverines kept the ball with 17.7 seconds to go.
Smotrycz followed with a big mistake when he lost control of the basketball in
the corner. Offutt was credited with the steal and he made two free throws
with 6.8 ticks left to give Ohio a 65-60 edge.
Burke missed a three-pointer as time expired.
The Bobcats held a 24-22 lead with over six minutes left in the first half,
when they put together an 11-0 run. Kellogg made two three-pointers during the
surge to give Ohio a 35-22 margin.
But the Wolverines scored the final seven points of the half to cut their
deficit to 35-29 at the break.
Michigan started the second half on an 11-7 flurry to get within two, 42-40,
on Smotrycz's trey with 15 minutes to go.
Offutt brought the spurt to an end with a layup and Keely followed with two
free throws, making it 46-40.
Michigan and Ohio met once previously in the NCAA Tournament, a 69-57 Michigan
victory on March 14, 1964 in the regional finals. Michigan fell to 3-1 all-
time against Ohio...The Bobcats improved to 6-13 all-time in the NCAA
Tournament...The Wolverines made their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance...
Michigan's No. 4 seed was its highest since 1998 when the Wolverines earned
the third seed...Ohio shot 51.2 percent and went 15-of-17 from the foul line,
while Michigan shot 40.7 percent and went 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.