Who: Michigan (3-7, 0-2) vs Ohio State (5-7, 0-2)
Where: Ohio Stadium
When: Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. ET
How to Watch: Big Ten Network, BTN 2 Go
Let's start with a quick look at the stats...
|Shots on goal-Attempts||190-329||236-405|
|Faceoffs||136-252 (.540)||153-260 (.588)|
|Clears||150-177 (.847)||161-174 (.925)|
Aside from the fact that Michigan and Ohio State have the greatest rivalry in any and all sports, each team simply needs the win for winning's sake on Saturday. Michigan has lost their last five contests, while Ohio State has lost six in a row. Three of Michigan's last five losses have been by one point, and four of Ohio State's six losses have also been by one point. All of Ohio State's losses, and three of Michigan's losses, have come to ranked opponents.
The Buckeyes are led by a group of five attackers that have shared scoring duties, tallying 64 goals and accounting for 58% of Ohio State's scoring. The Buckeye midfielders have gotten chances this season, but the lion's share has certainly gone to the attackmen.
Although Ohio State's defensive efficiency is sitting at .232, they are allowing 9.1 goals per game compared to Michigan's 12.3 goals per game.
At the faceoff X, Ohio State's Jake Withers and Michigan's Brad Lott are ranked 2 and 3 in the Big Ten with winning percentages of .600 and .570 respectively. As a team, however, Ohio State are the conference leaders with a .588 winning percentage. The Buckeyes dominated the faceoffs in this match-up last season, winning 16 of 25 chances.
Ohio State is also tops in the conference in clears, which will put even more pressure on Michigan to go with a 10-man ride and hope that their #2 ranking in caused turnovers will keep the Buckeyes at bay.
Go Blue. Beat Ohio.