No. 2 Indiana got upset by the Ohio State Buckeyes at home Tuesday night (March 5). It was very important for the Indiana Hoosiers to post a win in this game, especially because it could have clinched a Big Ten regular season title for the team. Instead, it all fell apart, with the No. 14 Buckeyes dominating the game in the second half. Now both teams remain alive for a shot at the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
Ohio State took a 28-25 lead into halftime, but the Hoosiers came out strong in the second half and actually took the lead 39-34 off two free throws from Cody Zeller. They held the lead until the 12:03 mark of the second half, when Evan Ravenel made a layup to give the Buckeyes a 44-43 lead. By the 4:24 mark, the Buckeyes had pushed it to a nine-point 59-50 lead.
Leading the way for Ohio State was Deshaun Thomas with 15 points and Aaron Craft chipped in 13 more. They were the key players in the second half surge that put the Buckeyes up for good. It also overshadowed the 15-point performance that Zeller had for the Hoosiers. In the end, though, the 67-58 win was a team effort from a Buckeyes team that really wanted this win.
By pulling off the upset against the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers, the Ohio State Buckeyes improve to 22-7 overall and 12-5 in the Big Ten standings. The team now trails the Hoosiers by just one game in the standings and has a leg up over a host of schools for the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Buckeyes next play on Sunday (March 10) against the Illinois Fighting Illini to finish of their regular season schedule.
Indiana drops to 25-5 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten, with a tough game against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines coming on Sunday. If Indiana wins that game, they become the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament and get that coveted first round bye. A loss, though, could create quite a bit of chaos and many tie-breakers will come into play.
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