Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team handles Rutgers on Thursday, 71-64

Rutgers center Myles Johnson, right, blocks a shot by Michigan’s Isaiah Livers in the second half in Ann Arbor on Thursday. (AP photo)

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The stage is set for another Michigan-Ohio State showdown — this time on the hardwood.

Franz Wagner scored 20 points and Mike Smith added 12 to lift No. 3 Michigan to a 71-64 victory over Rutgers on Thursday night. Hunter Dickinson added 10 points for the Wolverines, who avoided a slip-up before their game at No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday.

“It’s prime time,” Smith said. “You live for these days and these games. It’s going to be a championship-caliber game for sure. You work so hard to play in these games, it’s prime time, it’s gonna be fun.”

The Wolverines and Buckeyes didn’t renew their famous football rivalry last season. That game was called off for coronavirus-related reasons. So basketball will have to suffice. In addition to Sunday’s matchup between two top-five teams on the men’s side, Michigan and Ohio State will also meet in women’s basketball that day, with both teams ranked in the top 15.