Ohio State continues its Florida pipeline with four-star commit Tyreke Johnson


By the end of Monday's game, they turned into a pass-deflecting, pace-controlling pest that used no style and all substance to score a 71-62 victory at Value City Arena.

With the ability to play physical press-man coverage along the boundary or serve as a rangy center fielder who can lay the wood and close on the ball in a split second, Johnson has the skills necessary to change the complexion of the Buckeyes' secondary for the better over the next few years.

In this year of transition - during which Ohio State has no outside expectations and less talent than nearly everyone in the Big Ten - the Buckeyes have begun league play 2-0.

"As good as we were in the first 18 minutes of the first half, I think we were equally as bad in the second half", MI coach John Beilein said.

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"I'm sure who we played had something to do with it", Holtmann said. Johnson announced his decision with CBS Sports in the video above and becomes the 19th member of Ohio State's No. 1 ranked recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

Mo Wagner led the Wolverines with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each had 11 points.

Wesson then went to the free-throw line and sank two free throws to complete the rare five-point trip.

"We'll try to make every game as exciting as possible around here", first-year head coach Chris Holtmann said. "But nobody anticipated the switch, so everybody was in full help".

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"So, when the ball was in the air, Jaaron slightly put his arm around the belly of the 270-pound guy and it had nothing to do with the play".

In Michigan's first 23 possessions, it made eight layups and six 3-pointers - which is to say that the Wolverines did whatever they wanted. "They made plays, and played with energy and toughness and we didn't".

"I think all of them have had moments where they've played really well and also stuff where we can look and say, 'OK, this is how we need to improve in these particular areas, '" Holtmann said. "I'm just telling you - and this is my favorite saying - we get what we deserve".

The Wolverines (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) shot a dismal 17.2 percent in the second half, after hitting 56.7 percent in the first. "We could have had this win today. When things got a little tough, we really had trouble stepping up". "That's the way it is".

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