Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoosiers' Big Plans Put on Hold ; NO. 14 OHIO STATE 67, NO. 2 INDIANA 58 IU Stumbles, Misses Chance at Outright Big Ten Title

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Hoosiers' Big Plans Put on Hold ; NO. 14 OHIO STATE 67, NO. 2 INDIANA 58 IU Stumbles, Misses Chance at Outright Big Ten Title

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Everything was all set for a party of the ages at Assembly Hall Tuesday night. Second-ranked Indiana's basketball team already had clinched at least a tie for the Big Ten title, but a win over Ohio State would have given the Hoosiers their first unshared league title since 1993.

Before the game, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were honored for having joined the 1,000-Point Club earlier this month. And at halftime IU's glorious past was remembered with appearances by Isiah Thomas, Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner and the father and brother of Steve Alford.

There was also the matter of Senior Night to salute three of the building blocks of IU coach Tom Crean's reconstruction project - Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston.

But then the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5) went and spoiled everything, taking the lead for good with almost 12 minutes remaining and claiming a 67-58 victory to stun the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) and an Assembly Hall crowd of 17,472.

The Buckeyes did it with defense, holding IU to 39.6 percent (21 of 53) shooting while forcing 12 turnovers, blocking eight shots and swiping seven steals.

Ohio State turned IU's miscues into a 16-7 edge in points off turnovers.

The Buckeyes also claimed a 37-32 edge in rebounding.

Zeller led IU with 17 points, but his touches were limited by early foul trouble and Ohio State's smothering defense. Zeller was 5 of 9, but hit 7 of 8 free throws.

Watford was the only other IU player to score in double figures, finishing with 12.

Ohio State was led by Deshaun Thomas's 18 points. Aaron Craft had 15.

But despite the loss, the Senior Night show had to go on.

Crean said he thinks of a few words whenever he thinks about the trio of seniors.

"I think of perseverance. I think of toughness. I think of maturity. And I think of togetherness," said Crean. …

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