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SFBE at CBT: Ohio State clobbers Michigan, is peaking at the right time

INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan had Trey Burke. Ohio State had Jared Sullinger.

The Buckeyes had Aaron Craft, but the Wolverines had no answer inside.

In a game that was ostensibly decided early in the first-half, No. 7 Ohio State advanced to their second consecutive Big Ten Championship game with a convincing 77-55 victory over their hated rival No. 10 Michigan.

Yep, this team might be who we thought they were entering the season.

Coming off a memorable 30-point performance in the quarterfinals against Minnesota, Burke was completely shut down by the Buckeyes pesky guard, finishing with just five points on an abysmal 1-11 shooting.

"Stopping a great player like [Burke], especially how he was feeling after last game, was a team effort," Craft said after the game. "It's not about me against him, our big guys did a great job of hedging out on ball screens."

After a game where he was able to create his own shot and find lanes to the basket, Burke was inhibited from serving as a one-man offensive show for the Wolverines, and that lack of production bled all over his team. The lack of production spurred frustration from the freshman while his childhood buddy, Sullinger, took full advantage of the Wolverines not-so-stymie frontcourt, following up his own 30-point quarterfinal performance with 24 and six rebounds.

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