Michigan hosts Ohio tonight (7:30 p.m., BTN) in an attempt to prevent one disappointing performance from turning into two. The Wolverines played their worst game of the season on Thursday night in Brooklyn, now, they host an Ohio program with seven straight top-200 finishes.
Former long-time Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals has the Bobcat program on a solid trajectory, but they are off to a slow start this year. Ohio is 1-2 on the season with road losses to Belmont and Detroit Mercy and a home victory over Cleveland State.
The Bobcats lost their two best players from last season’s roster to high-major programs (Alabama and Virginia) via the transfer portal. That means this group is still trying to find an identity on defense while constructing an offensive scheme around a backcourt that features incoming transfers.