Buckeyes Crush Hoosiers in Rematch, Win 80-63

Written January 15th, 2012 by Eric

Indiana arrived in Columbus to face the Buckeyes in a rematch of their earlier battle in Bloomington. Unlike the previous battle, however, the Buckeyes started out hot, and carried a 20 point lead through most of the game to an eventual 80-63 win. The big surprise for the game was the play of Lenzelle Smith Jr., absolutely the player of the game with his 28 points on 10-12 shooting. Jared Sullinger also chimed in with 16 points and 9 rebounds, followed by William Buford’s 12, and DeShaun Thomas’s 11. Indiana was led by Cody Zeller’s 16 points and 6 rebounds.

The game opened up with high energy play from both teams. It was clear that Matta and Crean preached how big this game was all week long and the players were responding in a big way. In the first 4 minutes both Indiana and OSU combined for 21 total points, a surprisingly high score and evidence of the up-tempo pace of the game.

Early on, William Buford and Lenzelle Smith were on the money with their shooting. Both combined for 12 of Ohio State’s first 14 points, with all coming from outside the paint. Better yet Lenzelle Smith was also the game’s leading rebounder to that point as well, as he demonstrated a great ability to attack the glass, particularly on the offensive end.

Evan Ravenel and Sam Thompson made a quick appearance for Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith in the first half. Ravenel quickly made his presence felt on the court as he demonstrated great defensive skill while having to guard shifty Jordan Hulls on the perimeter. Ravenel gave him absolutely no window to drive or shoot, forcing him eventually use a screen to get clear. That screen left Hulls with Aaron Craft, his more natural defender. Ravenel was later forced to play the perimeter again, and did a great job of changing Indiana’s shot, resulting in an airball straight to Sullinger’s waiting arms.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Indiana 2

Written January 15th, 2012 by Eric

Ohio State returns home after their tough showing in Urbana-Champaign. Today’s opponents are the Indiana Hoosiers, which is set to tip in the Schott at 4:30 pm EST. You’ll be able to find the game on CBS.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 4 pm. In the meantime, go check out their places! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game. I’ve heard people having issues with this website recently – if that’s still the case, let me know and we’ll hunt around for another source.

It also can be found on CBS Sports.com today!

Go Bucks!

Basketball LiveBlog: Indiana

Written December 31st, 2011 by Eric

The Buckeyes face their first real Big Ten test of the season tonight in Bloomington, Indiana against the Hoosiers.  The game tips at 6 on ESPN2.

Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us at 5:30 pm tonight. the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Scarlet and Game, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio.

If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game.

Go Bucks!

Silver Bullet Points: Basketball Pregame

Written December 31st, 2011 by Joe Dexter

Happy New Year’s Eve! Here’s to drinking plenty of beers, watching plenty of football, dipping tons of crackers into cheeseballs, and being safe out there this holiday. Coming up this afternoon, we wrap up 2011 with a the Ohio State Buckeyes taking on a much improved Indiana team on the hardwood in Bloomington.

Here are some notes from around the web on tonight’s game at 6 PM ET on ESPN 2/3.com. If you’re already hungover, sit back and grab someone to read for you. We can’t have you puking over any of our work here at tBBC. Happy New Year’s Eve and see you in the liveblog!

Hoosier View:


The Lancaster Eagle Gazette breaks down the numbers of the Indiana Hoosiers this morning. To combat for their weakness on the interior defensively, Indiana has become the highest scoring team in the B1G night in and night out. Now that’s not ripping this squad, it’s just the reality of their personnel this season. Thad Matta though breaks them down almost perfectly.

“They’re a team that can really, really score in bunches,” Matta said. “You look at their games and the runs they’re capable of putting on teams and that starts with their transition. They’re going to push it on makes and misses.”

The one thing you can say is that this squad has all kinds of different talent, and can beat you many different ways on the court.

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B1G Basketball Preview: Indiana

Written October 17th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

College basketball hasn’t been friendly to Indiana Hoosier fans over the last few seasons. When it comes to hoops in Bloomington, there is no room for head coaches to breathe.

So when Tom Crean takes to the bench for the 4th year as the head Hoosier man, Indiana fans might be hoping that the Michigan native is on a short leash.

But with the top recruit of 2011 now on campus, and a very impressive 2012 class on it’s way, it looks like Crean is here to stay– for better or worse.

This afternoon we continue our preparation for the upcoming B1G season by previewing the one of the nations most beloved basketball schools. Ladies and Gentleman, The Indiana Hoosiers.

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Ohio State dispatches Indiana 82-61

Written February 27th, 2011 by Eric

Deshaun Thomas got it done today. Great work young man!

Ohio State and Indiana locked horns today in Columbus, Ohio for the first time since December.  The Buckeyes quickly dispatched them 82-61 in a game that was only close for the first 10 minutes.  The man who made the difference for the Buckeyes was the suddenly hot Deshaun Thomas, who scored 22 points and collected 4 rebounds in coming off the bench.  While Sullinger only scored 5, his 2 points of the first half were enough to become the 29th OSU player to score 500 points in a season.

Indiana gave the Buckeyes a fight through the first few minutes of the game.  The Hoosiers found several easy baskets in the paint to jump out to a quick lead.  It didn’t last, however, as the Buckeyes quickly closed the gap to tie it up before the first timeout.  Interestingly, both Pritchard of Indiana and Sullinger went out before the first TV timeout, both with two quick fouls.

Those losses completely changed the game dynamic.  Over the next four minutes, the teams combined to score two points.  Neither team had any success working their offenses with their big men on the bench.  Indiana, in particular, struggled shooting the ball shooting 0-7 for six minutes following Pritchard leaving the game.
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Pregame glance: A second helping of Crimson & Crean

Written February 25th, 2011 by Jay

David Lighty sent some Hoosiers Ca-reaning on this drive. (Get it? Ca-reaning? Tom Ca-rean? Tom Crean? No?)

Anyone enjoying this basketball season?  Yes?  Well good news!  There’s another game this Sunday!

Just three games remain on Ohio State’s 2010-11 regular season schedule.  The first of those will occur this weekend when Indiana comes to town, seeking to pay back the Buckeyes for the 85-67 thumping that the Scarlet & Gray laid on them back on New Year’s Eve.  It seems like a long time ago now, and indeed it has been a bit of a long season for the Hoosiers.  Their prior loss to Ohio State came in the middle of a six-game losing streak, and a Buckeye victory on Sunday would result in another winless stretch of six straight games.  The only Big Ten wins on the season for Indiana have come against Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota, and all were at home in Bloomington.

The win over Illinois led to one of the more memorable scenes in college basketball this season, as the students rushed the court in Assembly Hall and coach Tom Crean celebrated in the hall…where people were assembled, naturally…a short time later (you have to wait until about 1:00 before he is actually visible):


While it would be easy (and sure, kinda fun) to point and laugh, this was probably a nice scene for the Indiana faithful, and certainly Crean is building a good relationship with the fans that will be important to carry the program through the difficult years like this one into the more successful years that seem sure to come before long.  One perspective on the program under Crean is that it is geared toward attracting top-level talent rather than mid-level talent, and while an immediate reaction may be that any program is trying to attract top-level talent, the point is that Crean’s approach is to implement a system that truly relies on getting certain players rather than staying competitive year after year with “interchangeable parts.”  With that in mind, and considering the way Thad has developed our team over his time here, it will be interesting to see how Indiana progresses over the next few years. Read More

Pregame glance: Indiana

Written December 30th, 2010 by Jay

Big Ten play opens for the Buckeyes on Friday when they travel to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers of Indiana.  IU lost its Big Ten opener against Penn State on Monday, a game also played in Bloomington, and hopefully the Buckeyes will hand the Crimson & Cream loss #2 when the two teams meet for their New Year’s Eve showdown.  Indiana’s rich basketball history is well-known, as are the struggles the program has faced of late.  Let’s take a look at this year’s squad for the Hoosiers…

IU. Where striped pants aren't just for going to bed.

School: Indiana University
Location: Bloomington, IN
Founded: 1820
Student Population: 42,347
School Type: Public
Division: NCAA
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Stadium: Assembly Hall
Seating: 17,456
Built: 1972
Head Coach: Tom Crean
Year: 3rd

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