Defense helps No. 14 Ohio State upset No. 2 Indiana

Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft scored nine of Ohio State’s points in a decisive 11-2 run, leading the 14th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 2 Indiana 67-58 on Tuesday night. Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft added 15 as the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight.

After clinching a share of its conference league title in 11 years with losses by Michigan State and Wisconsin on Sunday, the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) were trying to claim their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. They will have another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan.

Cody Zeller scored 17 points and Christian Watford added 12 but the Hoosiers weren’t themselves.


Indiana receives Big Ten championship trophy:

Lenzelle Smith slams in transition:

Victor Oladipo swats Shannon Scott:

Victor Oladipo soars for powerful dunk:

Evan Ravenel goes for putback No. 2:

Christian Watford cuts for two-hander:

Aaron Craft drives for And-1:

Evan Ravenel with putback No. 1:

Sam Thompson explodes for slam dunk:

Indiana honors 1K scorers before tip:

FINAL: Aaron Craft scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists to lead No. 14 Ohio State to a 67-58 upset win over No. 2 Indiana on Tuesday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Deshaun Thomas scored a game-high 18 points for the Buckeyes, who also received nine points, five rebounds and two blocks from Sam Thompson. Cody Zeller contributed 17 points, grabbed four rebounds, and shot 5-of-9 from the field for Indiana (25-5) in the loss. The Hoosiers also got a double-digit performance from Christian Watford (12 points). The Buckeyes outrebounded Indiana 39-33. Ohio State was more accurate from the field, shooting 46 percent (27-of-59) to the Hoosiers’ 40 percent (21-of-53).

HALFTIME: No. 14 Ohio State used a late 7-0 run to take a 28-25 halftime lead over No. 2 Indiana. The deficit marks just the second time the Hoosiers have trailed after the first 20 minutes this season. Neither team has been able to take control of the game as the lead changed hands five times. Sam Thompson leads all scorers with nine points, while Deshaun Thomas added six and Aaron Craft five for the Buckeyes. Despite foul trouble, Cody Zeller scored eight points to pace Indiana, which shot just 33 percent.

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Doug on 3/5/2013 @ 11:13pm EDT Said:

Well this opens the door for a co championship for several teams !

Brian Hingst on 3/5/2013 @ 11:34pm EDT Said:

Can you say “choke at home”?

Troy Carr on 3/6/2013 @ 12:01am EDT Said:

Big Ten Network thought Indiana would win the game tonight so they book a hour broadcast after game to celebrate a outright Big Ten Championship but Ohio State spoiled the party. I never saw Big Ten Network do a live broadcast at Ohio State on Senior Day. What a joke as egg is on your face .

Danimal on 3/6/2013 @ 12:12am EDT Said:

Brian, are you Hoosier fan?

gm on 3/6/2013 @ 7:36am EDT Said:

Do the other 3 teams who tie for the “championship” get their own trophy as well? Assuming UM dumps IU on Sunday? A little pre-mature here in my opinion…this isn’t over yet.

Teddy V on 3/6/2013 @ 8:54am EDT Said:

How can the B10 keep a straight face with the officiating that IU and Mich get at home? It is a disgrace.

Doug on 3/6/2013 @ 9:36am EDT Said:

Question for everyone: If OSU beats Illinois, MSU beats UW and NW, Mich beats PU and IU, you would have MSU, Mich, OSU and IU all at 13-5. Would MSU get the # 1 seed because they finished 2-0 vs UW while the other 3 teams all lost to UW? I know head to head is first, MSU Mich and OSU all went 1-1 vs eachother, while MSU went 0-2 vs IU and the other 2 teams would be 1-1 vs IU, so I’m not sure.

Ron on 3/6/2013 @ 9:39am EDT Said:

Thanks to Big Ten Network, I can watch this game again…and again…

Doug on 3/6/2013 @ 10:08am EDT Said:

Nevermind, figured it out !

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