After knocking of the then No. 1 team in the nation in the Michigan Wolverines last weekend, the Hoosiers had a disappointing loss against the Illinois Fighting Illini this week. However, an 81-68 point victory against the Buckeyes completely makes up for that.
As for Ohio State, it will drop to 17-6 on the year and 7-4 in Big Ten play.
Victor Oladipo showed once again that he is arguably the best player on Indiana with a game-high 26 points. However, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford each scored 20 or more points in the contest.
Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas had 26 points.
Next up, the Hoosiers will take on Nebraska and Purdue, which will be tuneup games leading up to the showdown against the Spartans. The Buckeyes will try and rebound against Northwestern and Wisconsin. With the loss to Indiana, Ohio State is now fifth in the conference.
These two teams will meet one more time on Mar. 5, but who knows because they both likely could play each other in the Big Ten tournament.
Indiana showed with this big victory that it should keep its No. 1 ranking, especially since the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 team in the nation went down as well this week. If anything else, the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils should take over at the top of the rankings, but that is the only other team that should move up if the Hoosiers don’t keep their No. 1 spot.