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Michigan defends Crisler Center, topples No. 6 Ohio State, 56-51

By Neal Rothschild, Daily Sports Editor
Published February 18, 2012

The next possession, the other senior guard, Zack Novak, also drained a jumper late in the shot clock to put Michigan up five.

“When the shot clock goes down and you find the ball in your hands, you’ve got to make a big play,” Douglass said. “And if Zack and I don’t hit those shots, we don’t come out of here with a win. Plays aren’t drawn up for us, but you’ve got to make big shots sometimes when things are going crazy.”

Another Burke drive from the left side here, a travel call on Ohio State there, and Michigan found itself up 54-49 with under a minute left. Craft made two free throws to cut the lead to three, and the Buckeyes needed a stop to have a chance to tie.

Burke didn't give it to them.

“I was waiting to call that timeout, and I just saw some space there,” Beilein said. “And we just decided to go with it, thinking that ... we know what to do up three with ten seconds to go, nine seconds to go.”

Burke took Craft off the dribble, went to his right, put it high off the glass and gave Michigan its first victory in seven tries against the Buckeyes.

“I just told the team that we were not going to lose this game,” Burke said. “We’re undefeated at home, we knew we had to protect the house. The whole team was down with it that we weren’t going to lose this game.”

They didn't, and John Beilein can finally go to sleep.