Ohio State Buckeyes lose to Indiana Hoosiers
This has not been a good week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Sunday, a sold out game against the Indiana Hoosiers ended with the Buckeyes losing 81-68.
Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas had a solid game with 26 points but that simply cannot compare to Indiana’s offense. Three of Indiana’s players together had 70 points. Victor Oladipo had 26 points, Cody Zeller had 24 points, and Christian Watford had 20 points.
“We couldn’t gain that momentum. Unfortunately, we didn’t guard them at the level we needed to guard them,” said Thad Matta, Ohio State coach, according to the Lantern.
Both teams lost earlier this week and were fighting to not lose again. Ohio State lost to Michigan and Illinois beat Indiana. Each loss and win matters this season in the competitive Big Ten.
“From the very beginning after we lost the other night, the biggest thing for our team was we were not going to spend a lot of our time worrying about bouncing back. I’m proud of the way these guys responded from a very tough loss,” said Tom Crean, Indiana’s coach, according to the Associated Press.
The Hoosiers are now tied for first in the Big Ten Conference with Michigan State with a record of 9-2. Behind them are Wisconsin and Michigan with records of 8-3, and behind them is Ohio State with a record of 7-4.
In the final minute, the Buckeyes were within eight points but the Hoosiers were determined to not repeat what happened with Illinois. What really mattered in that final minute is Oladipo hitting four free throws.
This game also broke the NCAA’s longest run without a losing streak. Ohio State had gone 121 games without losing back to back.