CHICAGO – Quick thoughts on a 79-75 loss to Ohio State:
How it happened: The stage was set for Indiana to play its way into the NCAA tournament in Chicago at the United Center. The Hoosiers, winners of four straight, were on the edge of the bubble according to various bracketologists. But Ohio State had other ideas. In a game the Buckeyes controlled virtually throughout, Indiana’s Big Ten tournament woes continued on Thursday afternoon at the United Center. Ohio State got all of the loose balls early and set the tone. Kaleb Wesson was a difference maker in the paint for Chris Holtmann. And the reality of Thursday’s contest was this: Sans a career day from Devonte Green and a couple of late runs to make it interesting, Indiana was simply outplayed by the Buckeyes. Where do things go from here? For Ohio State? Onto the NCAA tournament. For Indiana? The NIT likely awaits.
Standout performer: Junior guard Devonte Green finished with a career-high 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field.
Statistic that stands out: After four straight games with a turnover percentage under 17, Indiana committed 17 turnovers on Thursday afternoon for a turnover percentage of 22. Ohio State outscored Indiana on points off of turnovers 24 to 6.
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