Defensive Score Sheet: Michigan 72, Ohio State 69

Another botched pick-and-roll defensive sequence from Sam
Thompson (hidden) that allows a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer. (AP)

Led by efficient stretches that mirrored last year's first half in the national title game Michigan edged past Ohio State to reach its first Big Ten Tournament title game since 1998. That, if you've forgotten, was the inaugural Big Ten Tournament and the Wolverines took home the crown with Robert "Tractor" Traylor winning the MVP.

With more work to do this will be a bare-bones post. Here's the defensive score sheet from the game - Michigan's first win in seven tries over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament:


  • Every time Ohio State made a rally it wasn't a pick-on-Player-X type of thing; it was a handful of team defensive breakdowns. That shows in Michigan's individual defensive ratings as no one was spectacular and no one was awful. 
  • When another team's guards are hitting 3-pointers - like Shannon Scott did on Saturday - Michigan's guards are going to take the score sheet blame (as they should). It's crazy to think that Scott hit four triples on Saturday, the same number he had made in the previous nine games combined. Maybe it was a bad scouting report that said, "sag off Scott when he catches the ball outside the 3-point line" that Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert can blame?
  • Jumpin' Sam Thompson really isn't good for much except high-flying dunks and sporadic defense that touches the greatness level. He's a nice player, but defensively his in-your-face routine works to a point but he gets beat a lot and loses his man around screens. By my count Thompson was responsible for four of Michigan's triples - three by Stauskas and another by LeVert.
The Defensive Score Sheet Project's initial explanation is here. More concise explanations are in this post, but here is a short rundown:
  • Min - Minutes played
  • DREB - Defensive Rebounds
  • FM - Forced field goal miss (includes blocks)
  • FTO - Forced Turnover (steals, charges taken)
  • FFTA - Forced missed Free Throw Attempt
  • DFGM - Allowed Defensive Field Goal Made
  • DFTM - Allowed Free Throw Made
  • DRtg - Defensive Rating (Gives players credit for stops and scoring possessions)
*The DRtg is most important part of a defensive score sheet as it is the analog of an offensive rating. If a player was on the floor for 100 of his team's defensive possessions, the DRtg calculates the number of points the opposition would score.

[NOTE: Deuce2Sports' defensive charting has been noted on Sports Illustrated's Web site twice this season by college basketball writer Luke Winn.]