Ohio State men’s basketball faced a talented Indiana Hoosiers team and took an L. Both teams early on were exchanging baskets, as both teams scored from inside the paint. Ohio State started to heat up as they took an eight-point lead around the eleven-minute mark. Indiana’s quick ball movement allowed them to have open shots, and before you could blink, they tied up the game at 16-16. In the first half, there were 14 lead changes. Indiana continued to attack the basket, which led to multiple trips to the foul line. This came as no surprise as neither side was effective from behind the three-point line. Indiana would drain a three-pointer to take the lead at the half by a score of 33-30.
Ohio State came out firing from behind the arc as they drained a couple of three-pointers. The Hoosiers continued to draw fouls as they passed the ball around, as they did in the first half. Indiana would take the lead and stretch it to a double-digit deficit. Indiana continued with their tough defensive play and allowed them to come away with the victory. The final score at Simon Skjoot Assembly Hall was Ohio State 51, Indiana 67.
Ohio State’s score leader in the game was guard Malaki Branham who had 13 points, five rebounds, five rebounds, On the other side, forward Trayce Jackson – Davis had a phenomenal game as he had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists. Indiana had the upper hand, as they shot a field goal range of 41 percent, while Ohio State shot barely 30.8 percent. Simply put, they were outcoached, and Ohio State did not look mentally prepared. Ohio State will look forward to their Sunday matchup as they host the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday.