The No. 8-seed Ohio State Buckeyes (18-12, 8-11) host the No. 9-seed Indiana Hoosiers (17-14, 8-12) Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament for a 12:30 pm tip-off on BTN. The Buckeyes come into this game following a hard-fought 73-67 loss to Wisconsin in overtime. The Buckeyes overcame a 23-point deficit in that game to force the extra session. Indiana, meanwhile, has won four in a row, including victories over No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 6 Michigan State. Their last game was Sunday in an 89-73 win over Rutgers. Ohio State owns the win over Indiana in their only meeting this season.
Who: Indiana vs. Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Chicago, IL — United Center
When: 12:30 pm (BTN)
Why: Because this appears to be the play-in game to be one of the last teams in, provided Cinderella ignores the rest of the conference tournaments.
Line: Ohio State +1.5
+ The No. 8 seed in the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes are 26-14 all-time in BTT play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State has won 23 of its last 33 league tournament games, including 15 of the last 21. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 3-1 as No. 2, 2-1 as No. 3, 4-3 as No. 5, 2-2 as No. 6, 1-1 as No. 7, 3-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-2 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). The Buckeyes have four titles (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and eight title game appearances (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012). Ohio State, 12-6 in BTT openers, has been seeded higher in 24 BTT games all-time and are 20-4 in those games. As the lower seed, the Buckeyes are 6-10 all-time. Eight of the Buckeyes’ opening games in the last 14 years have been decided by six or fewer points. Ohio State is 7-1 in those games.
+ Indiana leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 105-80. Indiana is 63-27 in Bloomington. Ohio State is 53-36 in Columbus while the Hoosiers are 5-1 on neutral courts, including a 2-1 record at the Big Ten Tournament. C.J. Jackson leads Ohio State offensively vs. the Hoosiers with 12.8 points in four career appearances. Kaleb Wesson averages 12 points and 4.7 rebounds in three meetings vs. the Hoosiers.
+ Kaleb Wesson returns to the lineup for the Buckeyes. Without Wesson, Ohio State struggled on both ends of the court, but it was the Buckeye offense that looked the most lost without him. In those three losses, Ohio State scored a total of 53 first-half points. That’s a paltry 17.7 first-half points per game. Without Wesson to help facilitate the offense, the team’s shooting eroded immediately. The Buckeyes shot 32.6% from the field over the last three games, and were 15-of-70 (21.4%) from three-point range.
The Indiana Hoosiers
What You Need To Know
+ IU is 12-21 in this event and will be a #9 seed for the first time. IU lost to Rutgers, 76-69, a year ago in its only game in Madison Square Garden. No current IU player has ever played in the event in Chicago. On their last visit to the United Center in the Big Ten Tournament, IU beat Northwestern before falling to Maryland in 2015.
+ Senior forward Juwan Morgan was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. It was the third time he has won the award. Morgan a 6-8 forward from Waynesville, Missouri, averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and shot 74.1% against Illinois and Rutgers. Against Illinois, he had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead IU to a 92-74 win on the road. Facing the Scarlet Knights on an emotional Senior Day, he made his first 10 field goal attempts and finished with 25 points and seven rebounds. This year, Morgan ranks ninth the in the Big Ten in scoring (15.1), fifth in rebounds (8.4), sixth in field goal percentage (55.3), seventh in blocked shots (1.5) and 11th in steals (1.2). He was named third team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention by the coaches. He converted a game-winning and-1 with 1:46 to go against MSU and is averaging 10.0 boards and in the last 8 games.
+ Freshman guard Romeo Langford was selected second team All-Big Ten and AllFreshman by the coaches and third team All-Big Ten by the media. Langford was the top freshman scorer in the conference averaging 16.7 ppg. He had been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week 4 times. Langford’s scoring average is the thirdhighest for a freshman at IU. Eric Gordon averaged 20.9 in 2007-08 and Mike Woodson averaged 18,5 in 1976-77.
+ Freshman Rob Phinisee is averaging 10.2 points in the last 5 games and had a careerhigh 17-point effort at Illinois. IU was 10-2 when he went down with a concussion against Central Arkansas. He has played 132 minutes during this winning streak with 18 assists and just 2 turnovers.
+ Justin Smith is averaging 14.8 points per game during this 4-game winning streak. He had a career-high 24 against Michigan State.
+ Before last week’s Illinois game, 7 of the last 8 previous Hoosier contests had been one possession games in the final minute and include three overtime games.
+ IU is now 21-7 in two seasons under Archie Miller when holding an opponent under 70 points. IU is 26-3 when leading with 5:00 to go in the game. Over a recent 4 game stretch, IU’s defense has held opponents to 58.8 points in regulation, and 41.0% shooting, including 27.2% from long distance overall. Purdue (5th), Michigan State (6th), Iowa (9th) were among the most efficient offenses in the country according to KenPom.com.
First Meeting – Ohio State at Indiana