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Ohio State 79, Indiana 54: Buckeye defense dominates Hoosiers.

I suppose that hoping for anything better may have been wishful thinking.  Indiana played its first road game of the year and struggled throughout.  It was, in many respects, a game that looked like what last year's team produced.  The Hoosiers turned the ball over constantly (24 times in roughly 75 possessions) and struggled to find decent shots (34 percent from the field, 22 percent from three on 18 attempts).  Ohio State is a talented and experienced team, and the Buckeyes showed why they were so highly regarded before the season.  With 13:11 remaining in the first half, IU trailed 9-6.  At 5:11 remaining in the half, the Buckeyes were ahead 31-8, a 22-2 run, and the game clearly was over long before halftime.  Here are the stats, if you can bear it. 

Evan Turner did play for the Buckeyes for the first time in a month, and he wasn't much of a factor in his 20 minutes of play.  The Buckeyes would have rolled regardless.  As feared, Jon Diebler was great from behind the arc, shooting 5-8 and finishing with 21 points.  William Buford added 16 points.  How did the Hoosiers fare on an individual basis?
  • Verdell Jones III continued to play well, scoring 22 points on 16 shots and getting to the line 8 times.  Unfortunately, he had four turnovers.
  • Christian Watford scored 11 points, 8 of which came during a flurry at the end of the first half that made it look a bit more competitive than it was.  In 27 minutes, Watford had only 2 rebounds and turned the ball over 6 times.  Watford is a skilled player, but he's not really strong enough to play inside in the Big Ten right now.  Ideally, he wouldn't have to, but such is our roster.
  • Jeremiah Rivers had 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but was 2-8 from the field and had 6 turnovers.  I know Rivers can't shoot, and as a rebounder and defender he is an important player.  It's not fair to look only at his offensive numbers and wonder why he is on the court.  Still, as a point guard who is IU's most experienced D-I player, it would be nice to see a bit better judgment.
  • Jordan Hulls really struggled.  He was 0-5 from the field and had 4 turnovers.
Well, this was likely to be a loss no matter what, so it doesn't have the sting of the losses to GMU, Boston U., or Loyola.  Still, it was disappointing, after making progress against Michigan, to see the team fall apart against the Buckeyes.  IU has a chance for redemption against Illinois but must play much better to have any chance at all.