On Tuesday night, Indiana looked to lock up the Big Ten regular season title. Ohio State was looking to avenge its blow out loss to the Hoosiers at home. Victor Oladipo was looking to make his case as the National Player of the Year. Everything was on the line in this Big Ten battle.
Both teams started the game slow but the Buckeyes showed that they were better prepared to knock off the Hoosiers than the prior game. It was clear that the Buckeyes believed they could beat the Hoosiers.
In the first half, the two teams traded blows and stayed neck and neck throughout. The Buckeyes utilized a 7-0 run to end the half to take a 28-25 lead into the half.
The second half was more of the same. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes traded turns controlling the lead until the Buckeyes went on a 9-0 run to take a 61-50 lead with 3:17 left in the contest. Ohio State played the type of defense needed to knock off the Hoosiers. They had 7 steals against the Hoosiers.
Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Aaron Craft really made the difference for the Buckeyes. He had 15 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. All of his points semeed to come at critical points in the game.
Ohio State moves on to play Illinois on Sunday to close out Big Ten play. Joe Lundari currently has the Buckeyes as a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This win will undoubtedly improve Ohio State’s tournament resume.