What to watch for: Ohio State

  • 02/22/2018 11:41 am in

Indiana’s second matchup this season against Ohio State tips on Friday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and we’re taking a look at three things to watch for in the rematch in lieu of our traditional game preview.

The matchup with the Buckeyes will be broadcast on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET with Aaron Goldsmith and Len Elmore on the call:

· Senior night always produces a special atmosphere: Senior night is always a special occasion at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and this year should be no different as the program honors five outgoing players.

Robert Johnson, Collin Hartman, Freddie McSwain, Josh Newkirk and Tim Priller will all be recognized postgame along with three student managers: Matt Chaffee, Chaz Snider and Chandler Junk.

Hartman will be going through the festivities for a second time as he was also honored following last season’s win over Northwestern. Hartman also proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Hayley, during his speech last season.

Given the wide ranging personalities of this year’s senior classes, the speeches should be as entertaining. McSwain has been frequently mentioned as the team’s funniest player and Priller has long been a fan favorite of the Indiana faithful.

· Can the Hoosiers slow down Keita-Bates Diop? Keita Bates-Diop looked like a lock for the Big Ten player of the year award a few weeks ago, but the redshirt junior has hit a wall over his last three games.

Given the recent slide by Bates-Diop and Michigan State’s surge to the Big Ten title, the conference player of the year voting could be a lot more interesting than originally thought.

The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging just 11 points and 6.7 rebounds over his last three contests. Bates-Diop has eight turnovers in that span and is shooting just 30.7 percent from the field.

Bates-Diop was terrific in the first matchup between the two teams back on Jan. 30 as he finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

If Indiana is going to claim its second win over a ranked opponent this season, keeping Bates-Diop mired in his current slump is a major key.

· Big Ten tournament seeding on the line: Indiana can be no worse than the No. 7 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in New York City, but the Hoosiers also have chance to clinch the No. 6 spot with a win.

How can the Hoosiers move up? Either with a win over Ohio State on Friday or a Penn State loss at Nebraska on Sunday.

If IU beats Ohio State and Purdue wins out, the Buckeyes will be the No. 3 seed. Purdue’s remaining games are tonight at Illinois and at home against Minnesota on Sunday.

That scenario could set up a rematch between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament if Indiana can win its Thursday matchup.

You can simulate all of the potential seeding scenarios here.

(Photo credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images North America)

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  • adam

    it kinda looks like theyre dancing together at a middle school dance

  • HoosierEconomist

    If Indiana won the three games they were “supposed” to win (or were very winnable) they would be a 4-seed going into the B1G tourney.

    Games being:
    At Wisco
    At Illinois
    At Nebraska

    Wisco was just lethargic offense
    Illinois was a stupid amount of missed FTs
    Nebraska was careless basketball up and down the court

    The last two Ls consist of errors Archie can correct in the off-season. You just wish they were able to pull it together in-season.

  • Ivan Renko

    save room for the holy spirit!

  • inLinE6

    We’re at the best situation that we can possibly ask for. A rematch with OSU is probably the easiest for a deeper run in B1G tourney. I knew OSU outperforms its expectations and they have to come back down to earth at some point. It’s that time now.

  • myrddin

    KBD & JM hit wall at similar times. Will be interesting to see if either can put it back together for Friday, or who else on each team can step up. Our guards are so mercurial, I pity that oddsmakers who have to set an o/u for IU turnovers.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I agree with the Wisky and Illinois games but Nebraska? They have a lot of talent on that team this year. Not sure we win that game more than 2 times out of 10.

  • coachv

    maybe more like 1 out of 5

  • Sandra Wilson

    It looks like the best possible seeding for us is if PU wins twice along with WISC., and I.U. On the 25th – IOWA, ILL., and MSU. The Maryland and Nebraska games aren’t important. Also, if we lose and PSU loses, it still stays the same. That makes us a 6 seed and we play the RUTGERS / MINN. winner. Win that and we get OSU and then probably PU. The other scenarios are not as good. If this works out and we play some solid basketball, we could get to the final game. Not likely, but not impossible.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Where did this season go?? Really has went by fast.

  • dwdkc

    well, I think it’s more like 3 out of 15.
    OK seriously I think with IU’s better late season play, Nebraska and IU are pretty equal, with each having a 75% chance of winning at home. Definitely not a “supposed to win” game especially with Nebraska desperate and near the bubble.

  • dwdkc

    Really want to see a win, for all the seniors but especially for RJ. He’s been a warrior coming down the stretch. He deserves a memorable night.

  • eljay

    They do have some real talent, but also have to give Nebraska fans credit for making their place hellish for visiting squads to play in.

    If we’d have played in AH, I want to think we could’ve pulled out a W.

    Filed under “Woulda, shoulda, coulda”…

  • Colt

    I have a feeling IU gets the win.

  • vicbert caladipo

    You probably beat me. I had 6 wins before bigten started and 9-9 beginning of the season. My pre season pick may hold up but I hope it doesn’t. Here’s to a long run in the NIT…maybe win it?

  • vicbert caladipo

    Good news….Archie usually has the boys fighting hard after a big loss. Bad news is we haven’t fared well against the top 3. This will by far be the biggest win of the year if we can do it. We had problems with Wesson the first game and now there are 2 Wessons to deal with. Andre plays a similar role as Zach as their defensive stopper. OSU will probably put him on RJ. My 3 keys to victory(excluding the obvious….TAKE CARE OF THE BALL) are don’t let them get comfortable and go off on 3’s, keep Tate off the offensive glass, and Justin needs another good game….even better than the last one

  • Mack

    Agreed we have a better chance of beating OSU and PU than MSU. Here’s to hoping for the pieces to fall in place and a B1G tourney win

  • coachv

    as always, i am the lowest common denominator

  • AndyCapp

    Couldn’t agree more. Seems like only yesterday I was predicting our W/L record on ITH…Uhm, I’m not even close to winning THAT pool 😉

  • coachv

    ii don’t

  • Missing Moye

    If you’ll recall, I picked a record of 16-14. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong and we beat OSU tonight, because I’m afraid if we lose this one we may not even make the NIT.

  • Ole Man

    Who is KBD?

  • myrddin

    Keita Bates-Diop

  • And One

    Okay, men. The wife and I have made the drive from Cow-lumbus, OH to see you thrash them buckeyes. (37 wasn’t so evil. Of course we were on it at 11am.)
    I’ve never been to a game on Senior Night, and I’m looking forward to a great atmosphere.
    My prediction: Rob scores 18, 5 dimes for Collin, Freddie frustrates KBD, Josh hits from deep, Priller comes in at the end with the game well in hand. Good Guys by 15.

  • coachv

    have fun. jealous as all get out

  • Ole Man

    Thanks. Now it makes sense! LOL.

  • iubase

    I agree. I think Archie will have the boys fired up for this game. I would say this is the biggest game of the year. A win cements Archies reputation at IU….which he already has as far as I am concerned. I do feel we have a good shot at this game. We need to stop Tate (reminds me of draymond Green) and in addition to what you said Devonte needs to play well – he has the skill set.