Ohio State (12-3, 2-2) 77, Indiana (5-11, 0-4) 53
Jan. 13, 2009
Value City Arena
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State 99-69. In Columbus, Ohio State holds a 48-34 advantage. The Buckeyes have won four of the last six games in the series.
Sophomore forward Nikola Kecman tore his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in practice Monday and will sit out the remainder of the season.
Junior guard Jeremie Simmons went 3-for-7 from the 3-point line, tying a career high. He has made a 3-point basket in 14 of 15 games this season.
Simmons dished out a career-high 8 assists.
The Buckeyes started the game making 5-of 6-field goal attempts and 8 of its first 9 3-point attempts.
Ohio State made 11 3-pointers in the first half – the most 3’s in a half since Feb. 9, 2006, at Michigan when the Buckeyes hit 12-of-16 attempts in the opening period. Je’kel Foster was 5-for-6 from behind the arc in that game, matching Jon Diebler’s long-range shooting numbers Tuesday.
The Buckeyes shot higher than 50 percent from both the field and 3-point range. Ohio State was 28-of-53 (52.8 percent) from the field and 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from behind the arc.
Diebler has had 13 assists in the past two games.
The 24-point margin was the largest in an Ohio State victory over Indiana since a 91-75 victory in 1971.
Following Indiana’s first field goal, Ohio State went on a 15-4 run over the next 3:37.
Ohio State improved to 11-0 when leading at the half this season.
The Buckeyes are now 32-6 under Thad Matta when making at least 10 three-point baskets.
This was the second-consecutive game the Buckeyes have had a player with 8 assists or more (Diebler, 8 vs. Houston Baptist, Jeremie Simmons 8 vs. Indiana)
Ohio State had five players score in double figures for the first time since Feb. 5, 2008 (Simmons 12, Turner 13, Mullens 14, Diebler 17 and Buford 19).
Freshman guard William Buford tied a career high and reached double figures for the seventh time in the last eight games with 19 points Delaware State (13), Iona (10), UNC Asheville (16), West Virginia (11), Iowa (16) Michigan State (17) and Houston Baptist (19).
Buford has set or tied his career high in each of the past three games.
Ohio State handed out a team total of 23 assists.
Matta is 68-2 vs. unranked opponents in Columbus since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. Matta is 76-7 overall in Columbus with a record of 71-7 at VCA, 3-0 at St. John Arena and 1-0 at Nationwide Arena.
Matta’s career record is 219-69 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 116-38 in his fifth year at Ohio State.