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The play in question occurred right after MI had taken its largest lead of the game, 43-23, on a Moritz Wagner 3-pointer with 1:31 remaining before halftime.

Keita Bates-Diop scored 18 and C.J. Jackson added 17 to pace Ohio State, which beat Wisconsin by 25 points on Saturday.

"As good as we were in the first 18 minutes of the first half, I think we were equally as bad in the second half", MI coach John Beilein said. "We just made little adjustments, played a little harder". If we carry these things into the rest of nonconference and into the rest of the regular season Big Ten, I think the sky's the limit for us.

With his team down 43-23 at one point and down 13 at halftime, the Buckeyes decided they would switch nearly every ball screen and challenge MI at every turn.

In Michigan's first 23 possessions, it made eight layups and six 3-pointers - which is to say that the Wolverines did whatever they wanted. "Collectively as a unit we didn't have energy, didn't come together and that's what it boiled down to". "We couldn't make a basket or couldn't really make a bright play in that time".

In this year of transition - during which Ohio State has no outside expectations and less talent than nearly everyone in the Big Ten - the Buckeyes have begun league play 2-0. He finished with three points.

But the shooting spell eventually caught up with MI and it couldn't hold on. It started a string of seven straight Buckeyes points in 33 seconds to close out the half. Ohio State turned up the defensive pressure and hit 11 free throws in the last 2:15 to pull away and complete the comeback.

"It was just a lack of focus and sense of urgency coming out of the half", Robinson said. Those first four minutes are crucial. "It's a mistake that we shouldn't have made and we made it".

It was a completely different story in the first half for MI.

Moritz Wagner led the way for MI with 14 points, and Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each added 11. Ohio State actually projects him to cornerback and he can also provide some special teams value immediately in the return game.

The Wolverines are in a stretch where they play North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio State, UCLA and Texas in five straight games. "I'm incredibly disappointed, I think everybody on the bus is incredibly disappointed". "That's been good because you just don't know that [before the season]".

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