Indiana lost to Ohio State by a final score of 78-59 on Saturday afternoon at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Hoosiers were never able to overcome a 19-0 Buckeye first half run that allowed them to take an early 21-7 lead. IU was led by Trayce Jackson-Davis with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jerome Hunter was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 10 points.
The three keys to the game, highlights and complete stats are below. Stay tuned to The Daily Hoosier for more coverage of the game.
Indiana (11-9, 6-7) will host Minnesota at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Another early hole is too much. Indiana had rallied from big first half deficits during its two-game winning streak over Iowa and Northwestern, but against No. 4 Ohio State, a 21-7 hole was too much to overcome. Indiana pulled to within five points during each half, but Ohio State had answers behind an offense that posted 1.258 points per possession, the most allowed by IU this season.
2. Turnovers highlight another offensive struggle. IU turned it over 15 times on the afternoon while shooting just 42 percent from the field. While Indiana’s guards have generally been secure with the ball this year, Khristian Lander, Armaan Franklin and Al Durham combined for 11 of the 15 miscues. Ohio State’s defense wasn’t know for creating turnovers, with just a 15.6 percent forced turnover rate (No. 326 nationally) coming in. The IU guards didn’t make up for it either, combing to make just 5 of 18 shots on the day as a group. As a team IU made just 42.9 percent of its shots and scored just .937 points per possession, a figure that represents the Hoosiers’ third worst effort of the year.
3. Buckeyes crash the offensive glass. The last thing Indiana needed to do was give the Buckeyes’ high end offense extra possessions, but that is exactly what happened. Ohio State pulled down 12 offensive rebounds and scored 20 points off those second chances. Coupled with 21 points off of Indiana’s turnovers, the Hoosiers made things too easy on an elite offense.
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