After a tough loss on the road at Illinois on Thursday, Indiana’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they head on the road to No. 10 Ohio State tomorrow. A defensive challenge will be handed to one of the best teams in the country when it comes to defense and the challenge is stopping Deshaun Thomas.
Both teams are coming in off of tough losses and are going to be fired up to play in this top 10 showdown. It is also a match-up that will have a huge impact on the Big 10 standings. Both of these teams are right at the top and therefore this game is very significant in order for either team to become conference champions.
Ohio State’s offense is centered around one of the best scorers in the country. Thomas is a player who can score in any way, shape, or form. He averages 20 points per game on 40% shooting from behind the arc and 46% shooting from the field. You can’t foul him either because he shoots 82% from the line.
At 6 foot 7, Thomas provides match-up problems because he can score from the outside. For a small Indiana team, they will be able to get out on him, but Thomas will be able to elevate and shoot over his defender.
If Indiana can shut down Thomas they will cruise over the Buckeyes. Ohio State does not have enough offensive threats to score enough to beat the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers only allow 61 points per game and by shutting down Thomas, they will hold the Buckeyes well below that total. Between Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, and Will Sheehey. there will be a lot of athleticism on Thomas to try and make him uncomfortable with the ball and force him into bad shots.
Deshaun Thomas will be the only reason Ohio State wins tomorrow if they do, but if Indiana can shut him down, things might get ugly in Columbus.