Indiana was in need of a big bounce back game after losing to Illinois on a buzzer beater. The No. 1 Hoosiers went into No. 10 Ohio State and dominated the Buckeyes for the majority of the game, winning 81-68.
This was as close to a must win as there could be for IU. Without this win, Indiana would have an uphill battle for a Big Ten conference championship.
Indiana (21-3, 9-2) was significantly better executing down the stretch this time out. The Hoosiers managed to keep the lead above eight points and lock down the Buckeyes from the three point line for the last three minutes of play. Something that they failed to do against Illinois.
IU was led by Victor Oladipo. The junior set a career high with 26 points off 8-for-10 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. More importantly, he turned Ohio State's leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, into a volume shooter. Thomas finished with 26 points but it came off 8-for-20 shooting.
And that was about it in terms of scoring for IU.
Yogi Ferrell had just a single point as he much of the game either on the bench with foul trouble or being smothered by Aaron Craft (who is one of the best on ball defenders in the country). Ferrell did manage to give IU four assists.
Jordan Hulls had just five points off 2-for-9 shooting that included seven attempts from the three point line.
The bench was largely ineffective for IU today. Will Sheehey gave IU just five points and three rebounds.
The big difference between this game and the Illinois game was turnovers. IU turned the ball over just eight times against the excellent defense of Ohio State.
We'll have more on this game up tomorrow. Indiana will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Nebraska (12-12, 3-8).
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