No. 16 Buckeyes keep title hopes alive with win at Indiana

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 24, 2018

The Buckeyes are 23-7 overall, 14-3 in the Big Ten and 15-13 against the spread.

What has to happen: 1) Ohio State wins Friday at Indiana.

The Indiana Hoosiers look for a big victory here after splitting their last 12 games. In the win over the Scarlet Knights, Bates-Diop registered only six points on 3-11 shooting, including 0-4 from behind the arc. Jackson then let it fly from about five feet behind the 3-point lane and drained the shot to give the Buckeyes the dramatic victory. Jackson, who scored most of his points in the second half after coming off the bench in the first, finished with 18 points while Wesson added 14 of his own and five boards. IN suffered a hard loss in their last time out, falling to Nebraska 66-57 on the road. IN could not find any sort of balanced attack, as three players finished with more than 13 points but nobody else having more than four.

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Juwan Morgan scored 18 points and Robert Johnson added 17 to lead the Hoosiers (16-14, 9-9). The Indiana Hoosiers are averaging 71.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Johnson has been a staple of the IN offense, starting all 29 games this season. As a team, they rank second in the conference in steals (114) and opponent turnovers (234).

The second overtime was tightly contested, with the teams trading baskets until the final seconds.

Bates-Diop had 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half, but the Buckeyes were knotted with the Hoosiers at 33 entering the break. The Hoosiers came away with the loss despite getting a season-high 20 points from Devonte Green. The Indiana Hoosiers have been hit or miss all season long, but they are still a tough out at home where they play decent defense, shoot 47 percent from the field and outscore teams by almost eight points. The Hoosiers would need heroic performances from both Morgan and Johnson if they wish to pull off the upset in this one. Jackson took the ensuing inbound up the court and launched an NBA-range 3-pointer that hit nothing but net with 1.6 seconds left to give Ohio State the 80-78 win.

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