The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-7, 5-6) visit the Indiana Hoosiers (13-10, 4-8) for a 1:00 pm tip-off Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes come into this game following a 74-70 win over Penn State. Indiana, meanwhile, comes into the contest following a 77-72 loss against Iowa on Thursday. That loss followed a 79-75 win at No. 6 Michigan State
Who: Ohio State at Indiana
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Blooming, IN — Assembly Hall
When: 1:00 pm (CBS)
Why: Because it’s a must win for Ohio State tourney hopes.
Line: Indiana – 2.5
+ With last week’s win over Penn State, Ohio State head coach Holtmann has now defeated each Big Ten opponent. Holtmann’s record when coaching against Big Ten opponents improves to 24-17.
+ Ohio State is 637-274 (.699) all-time when a Buckeye records a double double following Andre Wesson’s 15-point, 10-rebound effort vs. the Nittany Lions. Ohio State’s last double-double vs. a Big Ten opponent was Keita Bates-Diop’s 24 points and 14 rebounds at Indiana last February in Bloomington. Wesson’s 10 total rebounds and eight defensive rebounds are career highs.
+ Indiana leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 105-79. Indiana is 63-26 in Bloomington. Ohio State is 53-36 in Columbus while the Hoosiers are 5-1 on neutral courts. C.J. Jackson leads Ohio State offensively vs. the Hoosiers with 13.7 points in three career appearances. Kaleb Wesson averaged 13 points and 5.0 rebounds in two meetings vs. the Hoosiers a year ago.
The Indiana Hoosiers
What You Need to Know
+ In recognition of Black History Month and the 70th anniversary of IU great Bill Garrett breaking the Big Ten Basketball color barrier, adidas and the IU will wear a special uniforms against OSU. The uniforms also honor the Harlem Renaissance Movement of the early 20th Century and its impact on the African-American community and the sport of basketball.
+ Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his 2nd season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He has a 29-25 record since taking over the Hoosiers. He is 168-88 in 7-plus years as a head coach, which includes 6 years at the University of Dayton. His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.
+ Freshman guard Romeo Langford, a Preseason All-American, was a McDonald’s All-American and is the 27th Mr. Basketball in Indiana to suit up for the Hoosiers. He leads Big Ten freshmen and is 7th in the country among his classmates in scoring overall (17.4). He has been honored as Big Ten Freshman of the Week 4 times. He had his first career double-double against Arkansas when he scored 22 and added 10 boards. He had his second career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 11 boards against Central Arkansas. He had a career-high 28 point performance against Illinois and had 17 at Michigan. He had 28 points at Maryland, including 20 in the second half. He had 20 points at Rutgers and 19 at Michigan State last week and 22 against Iowa. He is 2nd on the team in rebounds (5.4), blocks (19) and in assists (54). He is third in the Big Ten in free throws attempted (152).
+ Sophomore guard Al Durham has started 27 career games as a Hoosier and 18 this season. He is 4th on the team averaging 8.5 points and is shooting 40.3% from three-point range. He had a career-high 18 point effort against Jacksonville and tied a career-high with his three triples. He also had a career-high with 3 3FGM at Arkansas. He had 8 points and 4 assists at Purdue and 11 points at NW. He had 11 points at Rutgers. At Michigan State, he had 14 points and knocked down 3 3FG.
+ Senior All-Big Ten forward Juwan Morgan is 4th in the Big Ten in double-doubles with 8. Earlier this season, he became the 52nd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in his career. This continued the streak of at least one player from every recruiting class since 2008 eclipsing the mark. Morgan has started 73 career games, the most of any current Hoosier. His 57.5% field goal percentage is ranked 3rd all-time in school history. He was the first non-guard to record 10 assists in a game in IU history against Jacksonville. He had a career-high and Crossroads Classic record 35 points against Butler and earned Big Ten Player of the Week and USBWA National Player of the Week for his effort. He had 17 points against Iowa.
+ IU is now 20-5 in two seasons under Archie Miller when holding an opponent under 70 points. IU is 24-1 when leading with 5:00 to go in the game.