Indiana hosts 15th-ranked Ohio State on Friday night at Assembly Hall. The Buckeyes recently suffered back-to-back losses on the road but rebounded against a bad Rutgers team at home. The Hoosiers had their four-game winning streak snapped at Nebraska.
Buckeyes bounce back against the Scarlet Knights
Ohio State probably had their rockiest moments in Big Ten play with double-digit losses to Penn State and Michigan. They were underdogs in those contests, but only by a few points each. While the team was very lackluster in that stretch, they were able to rebound and pound Rutgers 79-52 — like how many Big Ten teams have done this season. The Buckeyes were mostly able to do what they want, hitting 58.9 percent from the field.
Ohio State only went 9-for-23 from downtown and converted on 4-of-6 free throw attempts, but none of that matter as Rutgers made just 2-of-12 3-point attempts and 50 percent of their free throws (6-for-12). Scoring was widely distributed in the blowout; C.J. Jackson (12.4 ppg) came off the bench and led the team with 18 points.
Hoosiers winning streak snaps in costly loss to Cornhuskers
Indiana may have put itself on the bubble with its massive winning streak, but now they have a must-win coming up against OSU. They suffered a real tough one against Nebraska, who is also on the bubble, by a 66-57 decision. The Hoosiers suffered from 3-point range, converting on just 3-of-14 attempts, and they couldn’t take advantage of Nebraska missing 7-of-17 free throws.
Three players for the Hoosiers had 13 or more points while the remaining six had either four or zero points on the night. Justin Smith continues to make the most of his minutes lately. He had the best overall game at Nebraska with 16 points and 8 rebounds, and he tied a team-high by making 7-of-11 field goal attempts. Averaging just 6.2 points per game this season, he’s now scored 13 or more points in three straight games.
Ohio State is:
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games
- 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Big Ten games
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games against teams with a winning road record
For a realistic chance at NCAA hopes, the Hoosiers must win this game and rattle off another winning streak. The loss against the Cornhuskers is a headscratcher, and don’t expect the Buckeyes road woes to continue for very long.
Pick: Ohio State
Both teams have had a steady defense for most of this season, and Indiana’s has been fairly strong over the last five games (63 ppg). The totals have been a bit low for Ohio State’s standards, which is why they’ve gone high lately. However, it’s pretty safe to go under here.
- Under is 9-3 in Buckeyes last 12 vs Big Ten
- Under is 14-3-1 in Hoosiers last 18 vs Big Ten