Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Are Back On NCAA Tournament Bubble

By Matthew Sturgeon
Indiana Hoosiers
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Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and senior forward Will Sheehey added 19 as the Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon by a score of 72-64. LaQuinton Ross was the key contributor for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 in the loss.

This truly up and down season for the Hoosiers lives to see another day. Entering today’s game, Tom Crean and company were well aware that they could ill-afford to lose to the Buckeyes. They came out a bit sluggish and really struggled offensively, but behind the outstanding play of Ferrell as well as the suddenly streaking Sheehey, they were able to turn around their fortunes in a hurry. Ferrell and Sheehey combined to shoot 13-of-26 from the field which is certainly a recipe for success.

With the win, the Hoosiers have now won consecutive games over ranked Big Ten opponents, and that has put them back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. You have to give a lot of credit to Crean for continuing to battle with this team, especially after the recent fire he’s come under.

IU will have to keep its foot on the pedal, though, as the Hoosiers are still a bit of a long shot to qualify for the big dance. With that said, two great opportunities lie ahead in the regular season’s final week: a home date with the surging Nebraska Cornhuskers and a pivotal matchup in Ann Arbor next weekend against conference leading Michigan. If anything, the Hoosiers have at least made it interesting.

For Ohio State, I’m really starting to sense that their season is going to end with a first round exit in the NCAA Tourney. They simply have no consistent offensive weapons and at times are truly painful to watch.

Forget the Buckeyes, though, as today belongs to Indiana. We’ll learn what this team is made of in the upcoming week.

Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27

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