The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry during the Brady Hoke era started with 'that school in Ohio.' Then U-M became 'that school up north.' Now, one Michigan win and one Ohio State win later, it's this ... somewhat.
The Wolverines had missed the six-team Big Ten postseason tournament the previous two seasons, which was enough to get previous coach Rich Maloney fired and Bakich hired from Maryland. As one of the nation's youngest coaches, Bakich, 35, reminded his players every game mattered.