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Tweet Up: Michigan 72, Ohio State 69

For the second time in two days, the Wolverines coughed up an earlier lead but closed out the game on a high note, beating Ohio State, 72-69, in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup. With the win, Michigan will advance to its first Big Ten title game since 1998 and snapped a streak of five-straight Ohio State championship appearances.
This is a chronological timeline of how the game played out on Twitter:
First Half:
Jordan Morgan now has played in 137 career games at Michigan, breaking Stu Douglass' school record.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
They have Sam Thompson on Stauskas in the early going. Couldn't get back for that shot.— Neal Rothschild (@nrothschild3) March 15, 2014
Putting Craft on Walton seems like a waste for OSU. Better off putting him on LeVert or Nik.— Neal Rothschild (@nrothschild3) March 15, 2014
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh RT @ChrisVannini Ohio State unaware that Michigan shoots 3s.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
@AReid_Wolverine Yes, once they take off their high-tops, buy boots, and put them on. THEN there will be some serious boot-shaking!— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) March 15, 2014
Of UM's 5 starters, 4 took my class on the history of college athletics. Why not Jordan Morgan? Because I don't teach engineering.— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) March 15, 2014
Michigan's not messing around here early. Up 11-2, made three 3s. Timeout Thad Matta.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
Michigan has 11 points in five possessions against the nation's third-best defense. Is that good?— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Not a good development for Ohio State if Michigan is shooting like this to start the game.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) March 15, 2014
After a 10-for-30 showing from beyond the arc yesterday, Michigan opens 3-for-4 on 3s. Stauskas, LeVert and Robinson all connect.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 15, 2014
Go Blue!— Elliott Mealer (@el_mealer) March 15, 2014
It's raining threes! #splash #goblue— Michigan Alumni (@michiganalumni) March 15, 2014
Delightful. RT @DrewCHallett It's funny. Every two-pointer Michigan makes lowers its PPP.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
So, this is fun.— Bry Mac (@Bry_Mac) March 15, 2014
Ohio St. Dont wanna play today #Michtape— Kameron Chatman #FOA (@TFOEKam_3) March 15, 2014
Thad? Are you there? Need to change it up defensively.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) March 15, 2014
6-for-7 start for Michigan. And because OSU can't score so good, the advantage will last for some time even if the shooting falls off.— Neal Rothschild (@nrothschild3) March 15, 2014
Michigan looks like its ready to go back to the Final Four right now. Overpowering start, up 15-2 on the bewildered Buckeyes.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
Time to start taking a knee?— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
The boys in blue are ready to play today!!!!!— Zack Novak (@novak3159) March 15, 2014
With his first rebound, @JustJMo has passed Cazzie Russell for 18th in Michigan Basketball history (677).— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2014
Call me crazy, but I don't think Ohio State is going to lie down.— Joe Stapleton (@joe_stapes) March 15, 2014
U-M playing with purpose. If the selection committee is watching (it is), this looks like a No. 1 seed. There are, however, 35 minutes left.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 15, 2014
Watching today's game with a house full of Spartan fans who are already talking about how they'll beat Michigan Sunday.— Griffin Hickman (@griffinhickman) March 15, 2014
"High basketball IQ." And we can straight ball!!! #GoBlue #BeatOhio— Phil Brabbs (@Brabbs) March 15, 2014
Nik Stauskas: not just a swisher— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
Best part about a start like this? Clears out all the Buckeyes on my Twitter feed— Yost (@MZoneBlog) March 15, 2014
6 field goals on 4 assists... Michigan plays the right way— Anthony Wright (@ItsAntWright) March 15, 2014
DEATH FROM ABOVE— Rob Rogacki (@BYBRob) March 15, 2014
Michigan a bit ragged here, but it doesn't matter when you're this hot from deep. Wolverines 6-8 from three, up 24-14, on pace for about 110— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) March 15, 2014
Zak Irvin: not just a shoo...wait.— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
Mitch celebrates Irvin's 3 https://t.co/VO7VvwncuJ— Daniel Wasserman (@d_wasserman) March 15, 2014
Very little that opposing defenses can do when Michigan is shooting like this. Six 3s made by five different players.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 15, 2014
Michigan has hit 6 of 8 from deep, has six assists on nine buckets. Impossible for anyone to keep up. Ohio State down 10 and lucky for it.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
Generally, I'd want Michigan to slow down, but U-M is getting fantastic looks in transition before Ohio St. can set its great defense.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Amedeo Della Valle's high school dream coming true: he's on the court with the Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverines.— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
I'm paid to write words, but I don't know if I have words for what Michigan is doing right now.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
ENJOYING THIS GAME QUITE A BIT— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
Michigan's eFG% is 91.7.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
I have made this clear recently, but I love me some Jordan Morgan.— Bry Mac (@Bry_Mac) March 15, 2014
Ohio State's made three straight threes and STILL trails Michigan by 12 points.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Michigan on pace for about 105 points against one of the country's top defenses.— Neal Rothschild (@nrothschild3) March 15, 2014
CAUTION: @zirvin21 is . . . http://t.co/sRmuOKVnEh— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2014
Michigan is balling right now!!! @ESPNCBB— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 15, 2014
This is what a bewildered coaching staff looks like... pic.twitter.com/byYCE2gBlB— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) March 15, 2014
Only uncharacteristically good shooting by OSU keeping the Buckeyes within shouting distance. Still 37-25 U-M at 4:15 of the first half.— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) March 15, 2014
Keep in mind, Ohio State is No. 2 defensive team in the nation per Ken Pom. And Michigan is lighting the Buckeyes up like its a shootaround.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
Ohio State coach Thad Matta thought he got that foul call but didn't...his face is redder than Aaron Craft's cheeks.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
Thad Matta almost purple in the face yelling at ref Larry Scirotto during this timeout. Not the first coach to fume at Scirotto this tourney— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
For all the cynics who say "student-athlete" is an oxymoron: UM's last 12 players, 9 graduated and 3 went to the NBA. That's how you do it.— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) March 15, 2014
Michigan has gone from thermonuclear to normal on offense, and Ohio State rallies to within six.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
Illinois scored only 39 points vs. Ohio State earlier this year. Michigan has 41 in the first half.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Like we've seen all year, Michigan isn't consistent enough with their defense. Ohio State getting to the cup with ease— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) March 15, 2014
The Buckeyes are like the stench in Seinfeld's car that won't go away. Incredibly, down just 41-37 at the half.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) March 15, 2014
Game started out great when Ohio was guarding NIk with 3 defenders pic.twitter.com/dD8c7lTFur— Dustin Johnston (@DJPhotoVideo) March 15, 2014
Second Half:
Stauskas starts the second half with a triple.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
It's raining threes, hallelujah, it's raining threes, hey heyy heyyyy— Andy Reid (@AReid_Wolverine) March 15, 2014
CHARGE CHARGE SPIKE GOT A CHARGE ALERT— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Andrew Dakich is becoming every director's favorite reax shot, and for good reason. Get ready for more in NCAAs. pic.twitter.com/uQtVsatukl— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 15, 2014
I am DYING watching @MitchMcGary4 and @daycheck3 on the sidelines— Andrew Beilein (@AndrewBeilein) March 15, 2014
Aaron Craft would wear a mouth guard.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) March 15, 2014
That hesitation move by LeVert was Stauskas-esque. Destroyed Sam Thompson.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
"I don't think there's a better wing trio in college basketball." - @GregAnthony50, on @umichbball's LeVert, Robinson III & Stauskas.— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 15, 2014
@detnewsRodBeard just shut up Rob. I was having a good day— Stuart Douglass (@SWD_16) March 15, 2014
These announcers are doing the Greatest Hits of announcing a Michigan game. Can't wait for the Kate Upton reference.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Badgers and Spartans watching Wolverines and Buckeyes. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DirBc5VRF2— Mark D. Rudner (@BigTenMarkTV) March 15, 2014
Michigan still at 77.9 eFG%. Opponents' eFG% vs. Ohio St. this season was 44.6%.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
My Illini friend, @tommydisanto, thought his team would beat the Wolverines. He was wrong... pic.twitter.com/DJQ8cqjC78— Zack Novak (@novak3159) March 15, 2014
Michigan not missing much. That said, only one offensive rebound compared to Ohio State's five is making a difference.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
Aaron Craft picks up fourth foul with 11:44 left, just as Ohio State was rallying. Michigan lead down to 56-51.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
Wait, Aaron Craft just fouled Stauskas on a 3? That's not very gritty and cerebral.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Michigan goes to the 1-3-1 out of the timeout -- and gets a turnover.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
Phenomenal defense by Walton on that possession. Great job doubling on ballhandler then getting out to the corner.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
Shannon Scott averages 7 points per game and has a game-high 15.— Neal Rothschild (@nrothschild3) March 15, 2014
LeVert throws a pass to Tom Wywrot...he was not ready to shoot. Tisk tisk.— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) March 15, 2014
Michigan's biggest mistake today was letting Aaron Craft get into foul trouble.— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
Sam Thompson leads the world in ownage over the last two possessions.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
Sam Thompson got serious after that airball. Stuffed the daylights out of Little Dog, then scored on a he-man drive.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
Caris with a lot of trouble inbounding. Not confined to today's game. He has struggled with this at times throughout the year— Daniel Wasserman (@d_wasserman) March 15, 2014
EVERY TIME LEVERT IS THROWING THE BALL IN THAT SCENARIO, IT'S A TURNOVER— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
OSU with all the momentum. Alley-oop to Sam Thompson gives Buckeyes a 61-60 lead. Jordan Morgan to the line at 7:23.— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) March 15, 2014
Ohio State should legitimately terrify any team that it plays in the NCAA tournament. Can be so blah, or so explosive.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
As good as Michigan's offense is, it hits a major stretch of stagnancy in most games. Happens without a huge inside presence.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) March 15, 2014
John Beilein is now just drawing defenses out of a hat. Worth a shot...— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) March 15, 2014
#CARISL3V3RT. The bench approves. pic.twitter.com/HWKsT19sJp— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2014
This game is ridiculous.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Good news: Jordan Morgan goes to the rim aggressively. Not-so-good news: he gets fouled and has to make the FT.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
Shannon Scott is having the best game of his #Buckeyes career. It has to be, right?— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 15, 2014
Michigan's the best FT shooting team in the Big Ten. OSU is 9th. Guess which one is struggling today?— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Ohio State keeping Craft on bench here w 3:14 left. Hard to disagree, because Scott and Thompson have been stellar. OSU up 1.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
Michigan is 7-for-15 from the free-throw line today. As a team, they shot 77 percent during the season.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
Michigan hasn't lost a game by single digits since the loss to Arizona. Michigan's won 11 by single digits in that 21-game span.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Michigan has just three team fouls. Good for keeping OSU off the line, bad if they need to come back at very end.— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) March 15, 2014
Excellent work by CBS getting Nik Stauskas pleading, "Please give me the ball."— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 15, 2014
INTANGIBLES— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
That was pretty, @NStauskas11.— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2014
Re: Stauskas move: Holy crap. Those are the plays that make me think he's going to the NBA. Made a lot vs. Indiana.— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) March 15, 2014
I may or may not have giggled like a schoolgirl after Stauskas' reverse— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
Michigan shrewdly calls the "let Aaron Craft shoot" play on defense.— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
Aaron Craft is the least-clutch clutch player ever.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) March 15, 2014
OSU offense simply lacks the punch it has when Craft is sitting on the bench— Daniel Wasserman (@d_wasserman) March 15, 2014
Nik Stauskas is not just a Ridiculous Basketball Machine Does Everything Perfectly And Hits Every Shot— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) March 15, 2014
Also, 52.7 seconds left, down 3, and Ohio State has Lenzelle Smith (three points) on the floor and Sam Thompson (11 points) on the bench.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
I think this team needs a Kevin Borseth rebounding lecture.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) March 15, 2014
#WinTheGame— MGoShoe (@MGoShoe) March 15, 2014
Wonder if Thad Matta is second guessing his decision to put Aaron Craft back in. Buckeyes' entire run happened with Craft on the bench.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) March 15, 2014
@AceAnbender @mgoblog @BryMac33 Thought you might appreciate this pic.twitter.com/WmPZUEuBJ7— Tyler Patrick (@TylerDPatrick) March 15, 2014
Michigan needs to run the shot clock all the way down on this possession and hope it can seal the game with a made basket.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
Stauskas with the ball in his hands, ready to take the shot...— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) March 15, 2014
LEVERT.— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Caris LeVert wins the Wolvie Award for Rebound Of The Year.— Andy Reid (@AReid_Wolverine) March 15, 2014
I don't understand OSU's strategy there. Should have fouled right after they failed to get steal.— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) March 15, 2014
LOL. RT @joerexrode: Wait, I'm sorry, I didn't get a good look, who got that rebound to essentially clinch the win for Michigan? Thanks.— isportsDave (@isportsDave) March 15, 2014
Michigan has a foul to give.— Dylan Burkhardt (@umhoops) March 15, 2014
What in the name of god just happened— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) March 15, 2014
Missed it. Craft stripped at the other end, game over.— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) March 15, 2014
Aaron Cfart.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) March 15, 2014
Postgame:
YES. Michigan advances to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time since 1998, beating OSU in the BTT for the first time.— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) March 15, 2014
#OhioBeaten— MGoShoe (@MGoShoe) March 15, 2014
That about sums up the last two minutes of strategy and execution for Ohio State. Michigan, on to the B1G final, 72-69.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 15, 2014
Michigan's MVP is Thad Matta for putting Aaron Craft back in for the last three minutes of the game.— Scott Bell (@sbell021) March 15, 2014
One thing's for sure: Michigan will enter the tourney well tested in late-game scenarios— Daniel Wasserman (@d_wasserman) March 15, 2014
@detnewsRodBeard fumbled*— Andrew Beilein (@AndrewBeilein) March 15, 2014
Michigan is clearly in the conversation for the last No. 1 seed now.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 15, 2014
CARIS LEVERT ! #614— Trey Burke (@Trey_Burke3) March 15, 2014
Michigan has survived two last-second games to advance to Big Ten final. Wolverines' weekend of living dangerously continues.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 15, 2014
MSU better win now! Wouldn't want any other match up! @JamesEvely— James Rogers (@JRog_Corner) March 15, 2014
Wolverines keep knocking down demons, finally beat Buckeyes in Big Ten tournament. LeVert with clutch rebound, Stauskas with clutch shot.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) March 15, 2014
Bacon Rule #243, I believe: in the playoffs there are no bad wins. UM notches another ugly win. Which, in the playoffs, is just called a win— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) March 15, 2014
Lol craft
WIN THE GAME pic.twitter.com/bMKQW6x25n— Dustin Johnston (@DJPhotoVideo) March 15, 2014
Lot of smiles as MSU is about to take the court. Think they just saw the result they wanted.— Dan Kilbridge (@MSUDanK) March 15, 2014
Stauskas, you little rascal. pic.twitter.com/Me2kaGaOO0— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) March 15, 2014
ONE WEEK LATER Me: "ahahahahaha and then he just dropped the ball before he could even shoot the three" Annoyed subway passengers: (silence)— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) March 15, 2014
Well, I guess we're about to find out how badly Spartans really want to face the Wolverines again. Bucky Badgers stand in way.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) March 15, 2014
@Trey_Burke3 young fella has MAJOR GAME. Just like you ! Trust alls good. Keep doing things right and well. Off and On the court. #Columbus— Clark Kellogg (@PacerCK) March 15, 2014
GO BLUE!!!!!!— Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) March 15, 2014
1, 2, you know what to do... https://t.co/lEWVmtDwES— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 15, 2014
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