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Posted on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 4:10 p.m.

How far will the Michigan basketball team drop in the rankings after losing 56-53 to Ohio State?

By Pete Cunningham

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Michigan guard Trey Burke, right, fights for a loose ball with Ohio State guard Aaron Craft.

The Michigan men's basketball team lost its first game of the season on Sunday, falling 56-53 to No. 15 Ohio State in Columbus. Coming into the game Michigan had a chance to remain the only undefeated team in the country and take over the No. 1 ranking from Duke, which lost to North Carolina State on Saturday. But after falling to 16-1, how far will the Wolverines drop in the rankings?

Pete Cunningham covers sports for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at petercunningham@annarbor.com. Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.

Comments

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 7 p.m.

The polls out. Michigan falls to No. 5. http://www.annarbor.com/mi/wolverines/2013/01/michigan_basketball_falls_to_n_1/

joggin

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:49 p.m.

Michigan had 2 total fouls with 1 1/2 minutes to go before they had to start intentionally fouling...hey were either getting away with a few or were playing very very soft defense...

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:09 p.m.

The Michigan basketball team commist less fouls per game than any other team in the NCAA. This is a fact.

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:18 p.m.

It's a poor excuse to blame the officials. Michigan lost because it didn't come out ready to play as Engineer pointed out. But the play late in the game where Burke is fouled in the act of shooting and is not given the basket was a huge point in this game. Instead of a 3 point play Michigan gets the ball side-out. That was a horribly blow call (one of many) and really killed the momentum Michigan had created. It's too bad in a Billion dollar industry like men's college basketball we have total incompetence in officiating.

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

Then you watched a different game than I did. Even Kellogg said on multiple occasions the buckeyes were getting good calls, and he's an alum. Hardaway got a forearm dragged across his face on his way to the basket and no call. It was WWF all the way.

Goober

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:07 p.m.

I am a Michigan fan, but in reality, I saw many calls that favored Michigan. Go figure!

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:14 p.m.

Why is it my ears must suffer through all of these ex-buckeyes and their color commentary? If it ain't Clark Kellogg foaming at the mouth at his beloved team its Chris Spielman trying to put together a complete sentence. It must be the only job our able to do once you're done with sports at OSU.

Goober

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:11 p.m.

All I saw were 'hot dogs' and 'heros' in the last quarter. They did not play like a team, nor play like a group that wishes to be #1 in the country.

Engineer

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:56 a.m.

Can you say OVERRATED!!! No excuses for going down 20 to a team not even in the top ten. This team will be lucky to make sweet 16. NO discipline at the end of the game. Should have stuck with shots in the paint that brought them back. NOT jacking up threes that they were not making all night. Beilien did not have them ready. They were a deer in the headlights.

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:10 p.m.

....and yet still only lost by 3. Calm down and take a deep breath. OSU just got waxed at Illinois; it's going to happen to teams in the B1G this year. The buckeye's played out of their minds and Michigan shot the ball poorly. I didn't say Michigan wasn't making contested shots, Michigan shot poorly. Missing wide open looks repeatedly. Add in officiating from the WWF and it really wasn't all that bad.

genetracy

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:48 a.m.

This season is the toughest the Big 10 has been in years. If Mich's basketball team is thinking final 4, they will need to cut their teeth in games like today's.

tim

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:42 a.m.

Who cares how far they drop-- March madness is all that counts. Do you remember who was ranked #1 last January? Ranking doesn't matter as long as you make it to the big dance.

Engineer

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:57 a.m.

Problem is that just getting to the dance is all Beilien does. No final four experience at all!!!

MRunner73

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 10:50 p.m.

They made it close but had to overcome too much to pull off the win. My take is this team splits with OSU, IN, IL, WI, MN and MSU and goes 10 and 6. BTW: All of these teams mentioned could also split with the Top 6 in the B1G for the most part so Michigan could still be on top in conference at the end of the regular season. The Hoosiers and Gophers both look formidable. It will be equally as tough for the Wolverines to win on the road in those places unless they shoot the lights out. So, if Michigan cannot score 60 points on the road aginst these teams, odd will favor a loss. If they can be over 60, they stand a very good chance of winning. They will recover from this loss and who knows, I hope I am wrong. Go Blue!!

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 1:44 p.m.

Wisconsin is a winable game on the road.

golfer

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

what a bad first half. seems like they tried to hard.

Blue Marker

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:05 p.m.

That's two trips Burke has made to C-bus and two horrible games. It's like he can't play well against OSU. And don't even get me started on the officials.

Goober

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 9:50 p.m.

Oh no! A loss to Ohio State! Go figure!

Section Six

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 9:29 p.m.

1. Louisville, 2. Duke, 3. Indiana, 4. Michigan, 5. Kansas

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

You had the top 5 right, but wrong order. Swap Duke and Indiana and Kansas and Michigan: http://www.annarbor.com/mi/wolverines/2013/01/michigan_basketball_falls_to_n_1/