COLUMBUS, Ohio A ball that rattled around the rim and bounced out helped separate Michigan from its first No. 1 ranking in more than 20 years.
Trey Burke's stepback jumper with 17 seconds went most of the way down, then came all of the way out, and No. 2 Michigan lost 56-53 to No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday.
After No. 1 Duke lost to North Carolina State on Saturday, the Wolverines were in position to ascend to No. 1 for the first time since November 1992. Instead, they went home with their first loss, also depriving them of the best start in school history.
"Some go in, and some don't," said Burke, a former Columbus high school star who is friends with several of the Buckeyes. "I thought it was going in. It looked good."
Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) trailed 52-50 and had the ball as the clocked ticked down. Everyone in a capacity crowd of 18,809 knew Burke likely would take the last shot.
Aaron Craft, whom Michigan coach John Beilein said was as good as any defender he had ever seen, prevented Burke from driving. His path blocked, Burke jumped back and launched the shot that rimmed out.
Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound. A moment later, he was fouled and sank two free throws. Craft, who has struggled on offense most of the season, then made two free throws to more than offset Burke's circus three-pointer with a second left.
The Buckeyes (13-3, 3-1) did most of their offensive damage early, going ahead by 21 in the first half. DeShaun Thomas led Ohio State with 20 points.
Oregon 68, Arizona State 65 in Eugene, Ore. Tony Woods scored 14 points, including the go-ahead dunk in the closing minutes, as the Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pacific-12 Conference) held off the Sun Devils (14-3, 3-1).
No. 1 Baylor 82, No. 17 Kansas 60 in Lawrence, Kan. Brittney Griner had 33 points as the Bears (14-1, 4-0 Big 12 Conference) routed the Jayhawks (11-4, 2-2).
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