Ohio State men's basketball | Analysis: How the loss at Michigan unfolded

Adam Jardy
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann reacts on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State is limping through a rare skid in which the Buckeyes have lost five of the last six games. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Ohio State scored 17 points in the first 8:37 of Tuesday night’s game at No. 5 Michigan but struggled for the remainder of the game and fell, 65-49.

Here’s a look at the lineups the Buckeyes used as the game unfolded.

*Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann went with the same starting lineup that helped the Buckeyes win at Nebraska in their previous game: C.J. Jackson, Luther Muhammad, Musa Jallow, Andre Wesson and Kaleb Wesson.

*That starting lineup played so well that Holtmann didn’t break it up for the first 6:06. Ohio State had a 12-6 lead with 13:54 to play in the first half when Keyshawn Woods and Duane Washington Jr. replaced Jallow and Muhammad. It was more than it played for the entirety of the Nebraska game, when it was on the court for a total of 5:58 and was outscored 14-10.

*Jaedon LeDee gave Kaleb Wesson a break with 12:55 to play and the lead at 12-8. He joined Jackson, Washington, Woods and Andre Wesson, and in 2:48 Michigan climbed back within two at 17-15 by outscoring the Buckeyes 7-5.

*The most productive lineup of the season – Muhammad, Woods, Jallow and the Wesson brothers – came in at 10:07, played for 1:04 and scored two points while allowing one before Justin Ahrens replaced Andre Wesson.

*Ohio State didn’t go small – without LeDee or Kaleb Wesson – until 4:38 remained in the first half and Michigan led 22-19. The first lineup was Ahrens, Jackson, Jallow, Muhammad and Andre Wesson, but it played for only 12 seconds before Woods replaced Ahrens.

*This was when Jackson suddenly shook free to start driving the basket and he scored seven straight points for Ohio State. The lineup with Woods played the final 4:26 and held a 26-25 lead with 2:27 left when Jackson concluded his run, but its final possessions went like this: Woods turnover (lost ball), Woods turnover (bad pass), Woods missed three-pointer at the horn after a collision that was not called a foul. In all, it was a 10-6 Michigan run to close the half against this lineup.

*It was back to the starters for the second half, but they didn’t get nearly as long of a run this time. A combined three turnovers and three fouls led to Washington relieving Muhammad with 17:03 to play and Michigan ahead 34-29.

*Ohio State again went small with 15:15 to play and Michigan ahead 36-29, and it wouldn’t bring a big back in until 12:18 remained and the deficit was 44-36.

*Kaleb Wesson received a technical foul with 8:05 to play in a mini-fracas, and he wouldn’t return. Ohio State went small again here, with the Michigan lead at 51-38, and the Wolverines firmly pulled away. Against a never-before-used lineup of Ahrens, Muhammad, Washington, Andre Wesson and Woods, it was a 5-0 Michigan spurt that pushed the lead to 18 points at 56-38 with 6:18 to play when Jackson came back in for Washington.

*Ledee checked back in with 6:17 to play, and he would finish out the game on the court.

*Holtmann waved the white flag with 1:21 to play, replacing Muhammad with Joey Lane and the Michigan lead at 65-46.

*The starting lineup was plus-7 (15 points scored, eight allowed) in 9:03. It was the most-used and most-effective lineup.

*No recruited scholarship player had a positive individual plus-minus rating for the first time all season.


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