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Michigan Basketball drops rivalry showdown with Ohio State

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The Wolverines drop to 14-9 and 4-6 in the Big Ten.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

That could have gone better.

Michigan basketball dropped a home contest to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday evening by a score of 70-66, putting another dent in their postseason resume and another notch in the belt of a frustrating, disappointing season.

Derrick Walton continued his strong play with 25 points, but missed what would have been the game-tying attempt with seconds left and the Buckeyes walked out of Crisler Center with a victory.

The loss puts Michigan at 14-9 (4-6 B1G) and is another blow to their NCAA Tournament, which are dwindling with each passing setback.

The Wolverines attempted 35 three-pointers on the evening and made 13 of them, but were unable to muster much offense when it was needed. Only eight of their 66 points were scored in the paint.

It does not get any easier for Michigan, who next hosts a hot Michigan State team on Tuesday afternoon before a road contest at Indiana and home rematch vs. Wisconsin.