Ohio State Secures Tough Win At Indiana 67-58

Written March 5th, 2013 by Eric
Slam Thompson and the Buckeyes made the night fun.

Slam Thompson and the Buckeyes made the night fun.

The Buckeyes entered Bloomington on a bit of a hot streak and proved that it was more than just a fluke, up-ending the #2 Indiana Hoosiers 67-58. The game was an epic battle of two great teams and just goes to prove the quality of this conference in no uncertain terms. As has been typical the last few games, the Bucks were lead by DeShaun Thomas (18) and Aaron Craft (15) in scoring. Indiana was lead by Cody Zeller (17) and Christian Watford (12), with Oladipo surprisingly not breaking double digits.

It was clear in the first half that the Buckeyes came into this one prepared. OSU began attacking outright and seemed to take Indiana by surprise. Most critically, the Bucks managed to stick Oladipo with two fouls fairly early, which helped to minimize the impact of the Hoosier offense. Not surprisingly, Indiana did manage to get things moving and forced the Bucks to make adjustments to maintain their three point lead going into the half.

The intensity did not dial itself down in the second half. Both teams fought hard, trading baskets through the majority of the half, and generally taking it to the opposing defense. Neither team allowed the other to build too much of an advantage, but the Buckeyes clearly carried the momentum advantage in the middle of the half. Leading into the final TV timeout, the Bucks took control with several straight baskets including a huge DeShaun Thomas three pointer. The run did eventually end on a Hulls three pointer, but the damage was mostly done.

There is no question that this team has gelled after the crushing loss to Wisconsin. I hate to give the Badgers credit for anything, but this team has really come together to be a solid all-around basketball team in a tough conference. A big win in Bloomington is a huge step for the NCAA tournament resume, since it gives the team a big away victory late in the season when it matters most. Ultimately, this team is peaking at exactly the right time, and hopefully they can carry the momentum through the Big Ten Tournament and beyond.

Positives:

1. Buckeyes shooting to start. You’re probably looking at me like I’m crazy, since we shot 17% from three. But consider that the Buckeyes shot 43% overall – which means the team made very good decisions about which shots to take. OSU put up plenty of interior shots which helped make a big difference.

2. Attacking Indiana’s stars. Oladipo in particular was out with 2 fouls early. He didn’t even attempt a shot in the first half! That was a huge advantage for an OSU team that needed to prove they could hang with the Hoosiers.

3. OSU claimed the largest lead against Indiana of any team that have played them this season. That’s a huge feather in the team’s cap going forward from here.

Negatives:

1. Wasted trips. In a game this big, the Buckeyes could not afford to waste too many trips. On several occasions the Indiana defense was sufficient to completely discombobulate the Buckeye’s offense. That’s not saying much, considering what this team does sometimes, but if you want to win big games on the road, you have to play better offense.

2. Closing out on three point shooters. Need I say more? This continues to be a problem for this team, but at least there seems to be some improvement game to game.

The Buckeyes finish the regular season at home against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday March 10th. You’ll be able to see that game at 12:30 pm eastern on ESPN.

15 Comments

  1. RyanNo Gravatar
    March 5th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Negative #3: It does not look like we have a starting center. Williams has been playing slow and flat footed a lot this year, but this game is hopefully the peak. Ravs showed us earlier in the year that he plays better off the bench, actually incredible off the bench. He has the skills and the attitude, but for some reason he hasn’t played well when he’s a starter. Maybe playing off the bench is less stressful? Great performance tonight playing a lot of minutes.

    Positive #4: It looks like Scott is spending a lot of time with Craft, that was an incredible performance.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    March 5th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Well said all around.

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    GREAT points Ryan! We need development and fast, or are Shannon and Aaron THAT good together?

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    March 5th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Well, that was fun! An all around good-effort game. Good point about the shooting efficiency. Yes, their 3pt% was pretty bad, but they only took 8 3′s, so they were a bit bit choosier in their selection. Bucks shot 50% of their 2′s, so that’s efficient enough. Especially when opponent is shooting <40%.

    On to Sunday to close out with a win against Illinois.

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    C-DogNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I sgree, Ken. I have said a few rough things about this team, but this game was everything I wanted. Balance, effort, and clutch play. This team looks like it could beat anyone right now. Will they? It depends. How long can/will they keep this up?

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  3. GaryNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Positives and Negatives aside…..we won! O – H

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    KenNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I – O

    Woot!

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  4. C-DogNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I think some website should have a daily Oladipo watch, just so we don’t miss a single wonderful thing that this wonderful person does in all his wonderfulness. You’d think he was the second coming of Michael Jordan. Did I mention that he’s wonderful?

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    KenNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    C-Dog, that is a wonderful idea! Well played, sir.

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    C-DogNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    After I posted this, I saw the daily ESPN treatment of the game. They showed all seven of Oladipo’s points and any outstanding defensive plays he did. You would have thought Indiana won by 90. (Sigh) So much wonderfulness…

    In all fairness, right at the end (just before they quietly mentioned the final score), they DID show His Wonderfulness getting picked by Craft and Smith, but did not mention that it was Him getting picked.

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    CentralMoBuckNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I watched SC last night and saw the same thing. Oladipo’s “block” was also shown. No care for the rules (it was a goal tending) were shown then either.

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  5. CentralMoBuckNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    You know it’s a big win when you wake up the next morning and you’re still pumped! I can live with the negatives when a win like last night was picked up. If Amir can offer some contribution to what Ravs brings and the team keeps playing like they are, March will be very exciting.

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    CentralMoBuckNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    https://twitter.com/zkeefer/status/309183024606638080

    Really Indiana?

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    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Ridiculous.

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    CentralMoBuckNo Gravatar
    March 6th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Anyone else notice the announcers point out Sheehey(I think it was him) flopping at the end of the game on an inbounds play and one of the coaches trying to get the call as it was happening?

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