Indiana Basketball got a huge resume-boosting win over Ohio State on Saturday. What are some specific takeaways from the Hoosiers’ side?
Despite coming into the game against Ohio State with a 12-3 (2-2) record, not many folks are high on Indiana Basketball. There have been some underwhelming performances from the team and a lack of quality wins puts the Hoosiers in a situation where they need to start beating ranked Big Ten programs.
It started off as well as IU could hope for, rushing out to an early lead on the Buckeyes. But the offense stalled in the ladder part of the first half, allowing Ohio State to take a 34-31 halftime edge. But credit to head coach Sean Miller and the team, for retaking the lead early in the second before a 14-1 run broke the game wide open. The Hoosiers never allowed the Buckeyes to get close again, winning in the end by a final margin of 66-54.
It was a fantastic defensive effort for Indiana, holding Ohio State to just 33% shooting from the field and forcing 16 turnovers. The Hoosiers shot the ball well enough themselves and outside of going just 20/36 from the free throw line, the offense was consistently good. It was a balanced effort as well, with all 10 players who participating scoring for the team.
Now at 13-3 (3-2), Indiana heads into a crucial stretch of the season that could ultimately determine whether they’ll make the NCAA Tournament or not. Before we go forward, let’s take a look at the three biggest takeaways from the Hoosiers’ performance.