Indiana defeated No. 13 Ohio State by a final score of 67-51 on Thursday evening at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers led 33-30 at halftime and were led in the game by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 27 points.
Indiana (11-3, 2-2) will host Minnesota at Noon Eastern on Sunday.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Jackson-Davis elite. In a showdown of potential first-team All-Big Ten performers, Trayce Jackson-Davis outdueled OSU’s E.J. Liddell. Jackson-Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds just a few days after being called out publicly by head coach Mike Woodson for a perceived lack of effort on the boards against Penn State. Jackson-Davis added 5 blocks and made 5-of-6 free throws, and did have 4 turnovers against 2 assists.
2. Shutdown defense. Indiana held Ohio State to 30.8 percent shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers against 12 assists. Coming into the game the Buckeyes were top-25 nationally on both two and three-point shots. Indiana had 7 steals and 6 blocks overall and limited OSU to just 5 offensive rebounds and 10 points in the paint. Liddell was just 3-of-12 from the field and had 3 turnovers.
3. Free throws and turnovers. Earlier this week Woodson said Indiana had to shoot free throws better and commit less turnovers. They did both, making 15-of-18 from the line while committing just nine turnovers. Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson have historically struggled at the line but combined to go 10-of-11. Eight of the nine turnovers were committed by the forwards meaning Indiana’s backcourt had just one.
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