Rivalry news: Ohio State fires basketball coach Chris Holtmann

Michigan basketball isn’t the only Big Ten program that’s struggled of late, and in many ways, both of the Wolverines’ rivals haven’t exactly lived up to expectations. And Ohio State appears to be the first to do something about it.

On the heels of a disappointing season thus far in Columbus, one where the Buckeyes are 14-11, OSU is making a change. Though his seventh season has yet to be completed, head coach Chris Holtmann — who has never gotten past the second round of the NCAA Tournament is out as the head coach of Ohio State. He replaced Thad Matta following the 2016-17 season.

Holtmann departs Columbus with a losing record to the maize and blue, having gone 5-6 in 11 games. After winning his first contest against the Wolverines, Holtmann lost two straight before winning two straight, losing one more, winning two more, and then losing the last three to Michigan in the series — including a surprising loss in Ann Arbor in January of this year.

There’s yet another matchup this year between the Wolverines and Buckeyes, coming March 3 in Columbus.

Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire