By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
Ohio State freshman Michael Redd
ng his head between his knees as he
ighed aloud and tore the tape from his
"Man, we shoulda' beat that team
tonight," he said.
He was talking about the Michigan
team his Buckeyes had just lost to by
eight points in Crisler Arena, but he did-
n't really have to say anything - the
look on his face said it all.
It was the look of a beaten man on a
beaten team, a look Redd has pretty
*uch mastered this season. Ohio State
is 0-10 in the Big Ten.
Redd is in the unfortunate position of
being the best player - check that, the
only player - on a bad team. Night
after night, opponents send two, even
three men to shut him down, and night
after night, Redd is called upon to buoy
an otherwise inept offense. And he does.
He averages more than 21 points per
And his team hasn't won since Dec.
"It gets frustrating, you know?" Redd
said with one of those what-can-you-do
half-smiles. He shrugged. "It's tough
when the other team just wants to shut
you down all night. But that's my job. I
have to score."
Redd scored last night - he had 22
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rly stymies Blue,
run in second half
points, right around his average. But in
the game's final minutes, after Ohio
State made a run and tied the game with
four minutes remaining, the Wolverines
put on the clamps. Travis Conlan, who
has covered his share of scorers in the
past four years, was in Redd's face with
every step. And when Conlan wasn't
there, someone else was. With Redd
held at bay, Michigan outscored the
Buckeyes 14-6 to close out the game.
Redd got three of those points, and the
rest of the Buckeyes could add only
"It's a lot more frustrating when
you're close like that," Redd said. "They
deserve credit. They did what they had
to and they won the game. But we had
out chances. We definitely could've
won this game."
Redd keyed a 20-4 Ohio State run in
the second half with 10 points and 3
assists during a 10-minute stretch, sud-
denly turning a game that moments ear-
lier had the earmarks of a blowout into
a very real chance for the Buckeyes to
get their first conference victory.
But after turning a 58-42 deficit into
a game tied at 62 with 4:02 to play, the
Buckeyes ran out of gas.
Or, perhaps more important, Redd ran
out of gas.
"I think that Michael is struggling at
times right now," Ohio State coach Jim
O'Brien said. "He has the burden of car-
rying our offense, and that can wear on
"Travis Conlan did a very good job
against Michael. He made him work
very, very hard for everything he got."
The Wolverines were wary of Redd
coming into last night's game. He's no
secret, after all. He's the Big Ten's sec-
ond-leading scorer, behind Evan
Eschmeyer, and is the second-highest
scorer in the nation among freshmen,
behind only St. Louis' Larry Hughes
(21.8 points per game). It was no secret
that Conlan, who stuck with Redd in
Columbus on Jan. 17, would draw the
duty again last night.
"Travis did a great job on Redd,"
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe said. "He
was all over the kid, and he still made
some tough shots."
That he did. But when all was said
and done, Redd's Buckeyes still wound
up on the short side of the scoring col-
So for now, Redd remains the best
player on a very bad team, and as close
as the Buckeyes were to finally winning
last night, the final result is what every-
one remembers. And Redd knows it.
"We fought hard," he said. "We're
getting better. We get better every game.
But we still have a lot of work to do.
"We're not there yet."
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.Without Baston, 'M' might be hurting
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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Crisler Arena fans last witnessed Maceo
Baston not soaring in for a dunk, not swatting an
opposing player's shot into the seats, but on the
free-throw line in the waning minutes of
Michigan's game last week against
Baston converted free throws following two
------ --- consecutive fallaway, turn-
Basketball around jumpers - not
dunks, not putbacks - to
Commentary seal the Wolverines' seven-
- --------- point comeback victory
against the Wildcats.
And then Baston, all by himself, kept the
Wolverines in the game against Minnesota and
scored a career-high 27 points including an
impressive 13 of 14 from the charity stripe in
What we didn't know until yesterday was that
Baston broke his right foot after he came down
awkwardly after going up for a jump shot in the
last two minutes of the game.
So now the Wolverines will have last two
weeks without the long arms (wings may be the
appropriate description) and long legs of the
Michigan forward, who is third on the team in
scoring (13.9 points per game), second in
rebounds (8.3 rpg), tied for first in blocked shots
(1.29 per game) and tops in free-throw attempts.
Without Baston, who said he had "butterflies"
on the bench, Michigan survived a 16-point
comeback to beat Ohio State, 76-68. The game
was tied at 65 with three minutes remaining.
Remember, this Ohio State team is 0-10 in the
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe started Robbie
Reid for Baston instead of Josh Asselin. Reid
scored five points. Jerod Ward (14 points, nine
rebounds) at times looked out of place at power
And the Buckeyes converged on Traylor in the
paint without Baston's presence, but to Traylor's
credit, he stayed patient and didn't force shots,
managing to score 17 points. And guard Louis
Bullock got good looks from beyond the arc, nail
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Michigan power forward Maceo Baston (left) is injured with
a fracture in his foot. One of the Wolverines that played in
his absence yesterday was Brandon Smith.