Jody Victor: For the second time this year, Ohio State will sponsor a “Lose the Blue” clothing donation event surrounding the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry. In the fall, more than 7,000 pounds of blue clothing items were collected and donated to Goodwill Columbus. Fans are encouraged to donate gently used items of blue clothing Wednesday at the Ohio State vs. Michigan men's basketball game at Value City Arena. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State leads the overall series vs. Michigan 84-70 with a record of 35-43 in Ann Arbor and 48-26 in Columbus. Thad Matta is 8-1 overall against Michigan as the head coach of the Buckeyes. Ohio State has swept the season series in three of the last four years, including all three meetings in 2007. Evan Turner averages 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in three games against Michigan. Ohio State has faced ranked Michigan teams 34 times with a 12-22 record in those games. Ohio State has won three of the last four games at Crisler Arena when the Wolverines were ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Ohio State freshmen William Buford and B.J. Mullens combined for 30 points in their debut in the series earlier this month in Ann Arbor.