Three Stars: Jared Sullinger leads the AnnArbor.com three stars list after Ohio State's win over Michigan
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger may not be the best player in the country, but if he isn't, he's mighty close.
The Columbus native dominated Michigan during the No. 1 Buckeyes' 62-53 win on Thursday with 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. He was efficient, too, making 7 of his 10 shots.
So it's no surprise he is AnnArbor.com's top star from Thursday's game. Who joined him? Click the jump to find out.
First star: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State The freshman National Player of the Year candidate was dominant, scoring 19 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and generally having his way with the Wolverines. He had 11 of his 19 points and seven of his 15 rebounds in the second half, when the Buckeyes pulled away from the Wolverines.
Second star: Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan The freshman forward continued his ascent to being a standout player, driving through the lane and leading the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points. He also had the two flashiest plays of the night in the first half — a one-handed reverse dunk and a driving layup through a double-team along the baseline. There were points where he was clearly the most athletic player on the floor.
Third star: William Buford, Ohio State The junior made critical shots when Ohio State needed it and also played good defense on the Wolverines. He had 13 points, including a 3-pointer that gave Ohio State a seven-point lead, 43-36. The Buckeyes never trailed again.
Three Stars Season Tally: Darius Morris, Michigan: 11 Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan: 9 Zack Novak, Michigan: 7 Jordan Morgan, Michigan: 4 Evan Smotrycz, Michigan: 3 Stu Douglass, Michigan: 2 Jon Horford, Michigan: 1 Jeff Meyer, Michigan assistant coach: 1 Matt Vogrich, Michigan: 1 Brady Hoke, Michigan football coach: 1 Rocko Holmes, Concordia: 1 Marcus Morris, Kansas: 1 Markieff Morris, Kansas: 1 Keith Wright, Harvard: 1 Jordan Hulls, Indiana: 1 Verdell Jones III, Indiana: 1 Kalin Lucas, Michigan State: 1 Blake Hoffarber, Minnesota: 1 Rodney Williams, Minnesota: 1 Landon Clement, North Carolina Central: 1 John Shurna, Northwestern: 1 Juice Thompson, Northwestern: 1 Luka Mirkovic, Northwestern: 1 David Lighty, Ohio State: 1 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: 1 William Buford, Ohio State: 1 Talor Battle, Penn State: 1 JaJuan Johnson, Purdue: 1 Ryne Smith, Purdue: 1 Scoop Jardine, Syracuse: 1 Kris Joseph, Syracuse: 1 Randy Culpepper, UTEP: 1 John Bohannon, UTEP: 1 Jon Leuer, Wisconsin: 1 Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin: 1 The rims at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.: 1