At the Buzzer: Indiana 96, Ohio State 92

  • 03/04/2017 2:12 pm in

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 96-92 win over Ohio State:

How it happened: It was a tale of two halves Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena. Indiana opened the game blazing hot from the field. The Hoosiers had an 18-point lead with 12:52 left in the first half and were scoring 1.76 points per possession at the under eight media timeout. After Josh Newkirk hit a runner in the lane to close the first half, Indiana had tied a season-high with 54 first half points. Four different players scored in double figures in the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers looked well on their way to their second road win of the season. But Ohio State didn’t go away quietly. Indiana scored just seven points in the first ten-plus minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes took advantage of IU’s indifference to defense and grabbed the lead for the first time at the 11:37 mark of the second half on a 3-pointer by CJ Jackson. But the Ohio State lead was short lived. Robert Johnson (26 points) and Juwan Morgan (11 points) carried Indiana down the stretch. Indiana built the lead back to 10 three different times in the final seven minutes and hit free throws to seal the victory. With the win, Indiana will be no lower than the No. 11 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Standout performer: Robert Johnson put together his best game of the season with a game-high 26 points. Johnson was 10-of-17 from the field and also had six assists, six rebounds and no turnovers in 36 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana won on the strength of a low turnover percentage (16.2) and hot shooting (12-of-23 on 3s). The Hoosiers have struggled to take care of the ball and shoot it from the perimeter during their recent 2-8 stretch, but had no problem this afternoon. Also, Indiana’s 96 points were a record for an OSU opponent in Value City Arena, which opened in 1998.

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  • AndyCapp

    And they pull won out of the brink, nice job boys!

  • Jeff Crowder

    Good W

  • AndyCapp

    Not only was it a new point record at VC arena, we COMPLELETY blew the old one away! Prolly be a LONG while before it is matched/exceeded.

  • bball at nick’s

    I’m going to keep cheering for wins until we are ousted in the big tourney. Whatever the case may be, it’s good to end the season on a positive note.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Great game by Juwan and Robert. Juwan made up for the lack of other quality play by our big men in the 2nd half. Plus 15 for JM. That is the way he is capable of always playing. Good to see the kid bounce back. Minus 2 and minus 4 for our other 2 bigmen and not much D on Tate and Thompson who appeared to have career highs. EXHALE……on to the tourney where there is still hope

  • vicbert caladipo

    How about Juwan?? He was the key in the second half.

  • Shaggy_C

    Glad for the win, but 1.24 ppp is horrible defense! Really can’t believe how bad the start of the 2nd half looked – did they take power naps during halftime and forget to wake back up?

  • inLinE6

    Win out the rest of the way please.

  • vicbert caladipo

    The former Andrean HS espn analyst says TB has lost 20 pounds since last year and that is why he is weaker in the post. Last years media guide has TB at 240 and this year at 255. Who is wrong? If he’s lost 20 pounds, I’m the next IU coach. He is thin in the legs, but looking at his upper body, he weighs at least 250. Where does this analyst come up with this stuff? My faves though are IU is the most feared opponent in the BIG10 tourney, according to the other coaches and CTC is a great coach.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Don’t hold your breath. They may host an NIT game and the record could be gone in 2 weeks. Their D is terrible this year, maybe worse than ours.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I didn’t see the TO number but my eye test told me this was the best game we’ve played in conference. I just checked 12. That has to be our best.

  • Mark Bando

    You misquoted Dakich. He said he was told Bryant lost the weight so that he could play more on the perimeter. Either way dakich’s point is why is Bryant playing on the perimeter so much and also that Bryant is not the player any of us thought he would be

  • vicbert caladipo

    No I didn’t I DVRed it and just listened again. He said quote. He lost 20 pounds since last year.

  • Mark Bando

    You’re missing dakich’s point. Why is Bryant on the perimeter so much. And why does crean never find a way to take advantage of his big men down low. Same problem with Zellar and Vonley

  • vicbert caladipo

    What in my post said anything about Crean? You brought up Crean to make YOUR point about how he can’t coach big men. My point was how can a guy who appears to the naked eye to be as big or bigger than last year be 20 pounds lighter? If you want to change the subject to argue, I’m sure there are going to be other posts slamming CTC that you can address. I was merely addressing the quote.

  • David Macer

    And at least three of them were offensive fouls (charge or illegal screens).

  • vicbert caladipo

    3 on TB and JN and 2 on DD. That’s 8 of the 12. Zero for JM and RJ. I’d say if those 2 played half as good in other games as they did here we’d have a lot more wins, but then again you can probably credit to a very poor defense in OS.

  • Missing Moye

    I think we just witnessed this team clinching an NIT berth!

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Good road win

  • Donnie Vick

    Is this the same media guide that seems to always add a couple of inches to players?

  • iugradmark

    I am always happy for the kids when things go well. JM finally looks healthy and is moving and jumping like the old Juwan. It was also nice to see Robert have a good game. I am totally shocked that Ohio State is that bad on defense. I know in the last power rankings, that IU and OSU are at the bottom of the league on D but Thad’s teams usually are better. For Indiana, this is the kind of team that they can play with and a tempo that is up and down the floor. Unfortunately, there aren’t many teams that play this way or let IU play this way.

  • Fifer39

    Had a bet with myself that Morgan would have the highest +/- and not just for that second half spell. His numbers weren’t as good in the first half but we lost all momentum every time DD replaced him on the floor tonight.

  • Fifer39

    That’s probably the worst 10 minutes we’ve played all year. Mind you, the other 30 were just about up there with the best.

  • Fifer39

    Think Illinois might have just nipped in and stolen that!

  • Shaggy_C

    What was shocking was the personnel – at the end of the first half, the second string guys were maintaining the lead and doing quite well. The second half starts and the star players basically gave it away. I would have liked to see a bit more “playing the hot hand”, and going back to the bench more quickly before OSU closed the entire 15 pt gap.

  • Ole Man

    Oh, I don’t know. We’ve had a lot of bad 10-minute stretches this year! LOL.
    Even 40 minute stretches….Ft Wayne?

  • AndyCapp

    Yup JM was tough as nails down the stretch. I’m just happier for RJ cuz he’s had such a rough go the past several games and today his stats were rock solid like earlier in the season.

  • AndyCapp

    LOL, no argument there. After the season we’ve had I guess I will take the record HOWEVER long it stands 😉

  • AndyCapp

    How’s that, they lost to Rutgers? Maybe you wrote before end of their game..

  • Ohio Hoosier

    IU finally found a team that plays as bad on man to man defense
    as they do. TB cannot guard anyone in the post. He doesn’t play
    defense with his lower body. He was abused by a 6’5″ forward.
    IU was lucky to hang on. Their defense in close games does not
    exist. Next IU coach should make defensive play the #1 priority
    of the team. IU got many open looks today mostly due to OSU
    not pressuring their guards out front. Almost every other big ten team
    plays better defense than OSU.

    BUT WE WILL TAKE THE VICTORY!
    ON TO THE NIT.

  • TomJameson

    Andy, Fifer was making the point that since Illinois lost, they also probably lost their NCAA bid …. thus they would most likely go to the NIT. Probably didn’t steal IU’s invite because both may still go, but who know.

    Right now I’d say the IU is on the NIT bubble. They would need to go to the B1G championship game to have any NCAA chance.

  • Fifer39

    LOL, true!

  • IUfanforever

    Their defense has been worse than ours all year long. It is a win…but time for a new Coach.

  • SCHoosier

    Welcome back RJ..only things this game proved are: Hoosiers capable of shooting. 2) IU is not the worst defensive team in the league..OSU is..and we are a close second.

  • AndyCapp

    Gotcha, thanks