Ohio State's Evan Turner drives to the basket as Northwestern's Drew Crawford defends during the second half of their Jan. 19, 2010 meeting. The Buckeyes won, 76-56, in Columbus, OH. (AP Photo/Jay LePrete)
WHAT: #13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-6, 8-3) at Indiana Hoosiers (9-13, 3-7)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday
WHERE: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
BROADCAST: TV – Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson, Shon Morris and Charissa Thompson), Radio – IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
SERIES: Indiana leads 101-74; Buckeyes lead decade series 10-9 (2000-10)
LAST MEETING: Evan Tuner returned nearly four weeks early from breaking two bones in his lower back to help lead the Buckeyes to an easy, 79-54 victory in Columbus. Ohio State led 38-20 at halftime.
Still no Roth:
Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday on his radio show that guard Matt Roth will miss another game due to an injured foot. Roth has dressed for the last three games, but has not been in any condition to actually play. With just eight games remaining in the regular season, it’s beginning to look more and more like Roth will apply for a medical hardship waiver.
The Buckeyes have won three straight over the Hoosiers by an average of 20.3 points.
Turner earns Big Ten POW, sets record:
Ohio State’s sensational junior Evan Turner won Big Ten Player of the Week honors for his play last week (29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals). It was Turner’s fifth weekly conference award of the year, tying Glen Robinson’s single-season record when he was at Purdue. It was Turner’s eighth of his career, breaking Robinson’s and Ohio State’s Jim Jackson’s career total of seven.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta on Turner:
I would say a substantial amount of (his drive comes from his desire to be regarded as the best player in the Big Ten), but I think the thing that drives him the most is winning. He’s such a competitive kid, and he wants to win basketball games. And he’s smart enough to know that the better he plays, the better our chances are for winning. He’s just all about winning. It’s amazing watching him in practice and how competitive he is in everything he does. He’s got a great drive to be a great player, and I think as you look across the board, your great ones are always a little bit different in that regard, and I think he has that.”