Ohio State’s Defense Falters Against Indiana

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Greg Bartram- USA TODAY Sports

I laid out three things the Ohio State Buckeyes needed to do if they were going to beat the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon. They did none of those three things and as a result lost 81-68 at home.

Ohio State’s biggest blunder came on the defensive end where it let Victor Oladipo score a career-high 26 points and allowed Indiana to shoot 53 percent from the field, a season-high for Buckeyes opponents. The defensive breakdowns were the main reason why the Buckeyes did not lead by more than two points and the Hoosiers led by as many as 16.

Ohio State shot a respectable 42 percent from the floor, but its lack of stops on the defensive end did not allow it to compete with Indiana. Even though Oladipo had a career-high 26 points on 80 percent shooting, all three Indiana stars scored at least 20 points and hit more than 50 percent of their shots.

Cody Zeller had 24 points and eight rebounds while hitting eight of his 11 shots. Christian Watford scored 20 and went 6-of-11 from the floor. This was an indirect contrast to the Buckeyes, who were led by 26 from Deshaun Thomas and his 8-for-20 shooting performance. Aaron Craft scored 16, but no other Ohio State starter shot better than 33 percent and LaQuinton Ross did very little despite his 11 points. It was the lack of secondary scoring combined with the porous defense which stopped Ohio State from springing an upset at home over Indiana.

Instead, the Buckeyes’ streak of consecutive games without dropping back-to-back contests was halted. 

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