In a must-win sport, the Hoosiers fell to Ohio State, 79-75, within the second spherical of the Massive Ten Match at Chicago’s United Middle.
Each groups entered the matchup on the bubble and the Buckeyes (19-13) elevated their probabilities of reaching the sphere of 68 with the victory. In the meantime, Indiana (17-15) is now unlikely to listen to its identify referred to as on Choice Sunday.
Listed below are three takeaways from the Hoosiers’ loss:
Indiana: Jekyll and Hyde
Indiana’s play this season has made little sense and that didn’t change in opposition to Ohio State.
The Hoosiers fell behind by as many as 22 halfway by way of the second half but launched a livid rally to chop their deficit to only two with lower than 5 seconds to play. However the comeback got here up brief as Ohio State answered with a pair of free throws to safe the victory.
The Hoosiers have arguably the very best wins of any staff combating for an at-large bid and additionally a number of the worst losses. They topped Marquette and Louisville in nonconference play earlier than including two victories in opposition to Michigan State and one over Wisconsin in Massive Ten motion. Indiana, nonetheless, additionally dropped video games to Arkansas, Nebraska, Northwestern and Rutgers.
Indiana had been on a four-game profitable streak earlier than it fell to Ohio State. It was the Hoosiers’ second loss to the Buckeyes this season.
Romeo Langford didn’t ship for Indiana
Romeo Langford is Indiana’s finest participant, however he didn’t play prefer it Thursday.
Langford was not aggressive in search of his shot and disappeared for lengthy stretches of the sport. He completed with 9 factors on 4-of-12 taking pictures, six rebounds and 5 assists.
The star freshman, who entered the sport averaging 16.7 factors and 5.Four rebounds, additionally turned the ball over twice and missed 4 of his 5 3-pointers.
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OSU is a totally completely different staff with Kaleb Wesson
Ohio State’s go-to scorer was again on the court docket in opposition to Indiana.
The Buckeyes dropped the final three video games of the common season after they suspended ahead Kaleb Wesson resulting from a violation of athletic division coverage. They averaged 56 factors per sport in these losses and shot simply 32.5 p.c from the sphere.
Ohio State, nonetheless, appeared like a totally completely different staff with Wesson on the ground.
The Buckeyes’ prime scorer and rebounder struggled from the sphere (5 of 15) however created straightforward alternatives across the rim. His presence within the submit additionally opened up driving lanes and uncontested jumpers for his teammates.
Wesson tallied 17 factors and 13 rebounds within the victory.