2nd-ranked Michigan suffers its first loss | College basketball
Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points as No. 15 Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan 56-53. Michigan had been the last unbeaten men's team in NCAA Division I.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A ball that rattled around the rim and bounced out separated Michigan from its first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.
Point guard Trey Burke's jumper with 17 seconds left went down, then came out, leaving No. 2 Michigan on the wrong side of a 56-53 decision to rival and 15th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.
After top-ranked Duke lost to North Carolina State a day earlier, the Wolverines were in prime position to ascend to No. 1 for the first time since November 1992. Instead, they went home with their first loss, also depriving them of the best start in school history.
"Some go in and some don't," said Burke, a sophomore who is from Columbus and is friends with several Buckeyes. "I thought it was going in. It looked good. I think it went in and then came out."
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Michigan (16-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) trailed 52-50 and had the ball. Many in a hoarse, capacity crowd of 18,809 thought Burke, a teammate of former Buckeyes standout Jared Sullinger at Columbus' Northland High, would likely take the big shot.
Aaron Craft — whom Michigan coach John Beilein said was as good as any defender he had ever seen — prevented Burke from driving. His path blocked, Burke jumped back and launched the shot.
"We were up two, so that makes it a little more challenging for me," said Craft, selected as the Big Ten's top defender last season. "Fortunately enough for me, that shot he took rimmed in and out. I kind of turned around (and saw) we grabbed the rebound."
Lenzelle Smith Jr. grabbed the ball. A moment later, he was fouled and made two free throws for breathing room. Craft made two more foul shots for a six-point lead.
Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes (13-3, 3-1) with 20 points.
Burke led Michigan, which was trying to exceed the 16-0 start of the 1985-86 team, with 15 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 12. Down 21 points in the first half, Michigan kept chipping away.
Glenn Robinson III of the Wolverines made a three-pointer to tie the score at 46 with slightly under six minutes left.
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