Thomas Keys Drubbing of Hapless Hoosiers

By Chris Lauderback on February 27, 2011 at 5:52p
Thomas was in beast modeThomas lit up IU with 14 straight 1st half points

After scoring just seven points in six games on 3/22 shooting before a modest bounceback six point effort Tuesday night against Illinois, Deshaun Thomas exploded against his home state school with 22 points, including 14 in a row during a decisive 26-6 first half run, keying Ohio State's 82-61 blowout victory over whiny-ass Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers.

Thomas was backed by 15 points from William Buford (6/11 FG) and 11 points each from David Lighty (4/7) and Jon Diebler (2/8).

Trailing 8-7, Thomas keyed the 26-6 blitz scoring 14 straight points on a couple free throws, a pair of triples and three straight layups to bring the Schott to a fever pitch. The knee-buckling run was all the more impressive as Jared Sullinger watched from the pine for all but three points of it after picking up his 2nd foul with OSU leading 10-8 at the 13:52 mark. By the time the smoke cleared from Deshaun's scorching display (5/6 FG), the Buckeyes were in front 33-14 with 2:55 left in the half.

With Thomas scoring at will, in addition to grabbing four boards, his teammates got busy at the defensive end during the run forcing the Hoosiers into a dismal 2/16 from the floor with eight turnovers.

For the half, Indiana connected on just 36% from the field with nine turnovers while the Buckeyes shot 48% with just four turnovers. Ohio State also held a 12-0 scoring edge behind the arc as IU bricked all eight of their 1st half triple tries.

Upset at the fact his team was being whistled for incessant hacking, Crean (or his bench?) picked up a technical foul at the 9:50 mark. Lucky for Crean, the Buckeyes shot just 10/17 (59%) from the stripe in the opening 20 minutes or the halftime score of 38-23 would have been worse.

The 2nd half was more of the same as the Buckeyes got it going with a 13-4 run featuring five straight points from Buford via a trey from the baseline before a short layup off a nice curl in the lane. After a lefty layup from Lighty and a pair of free throws from Sullinger, Aaron Craft drained a triple from the top of the circle before Lighty capped the run with a nice shot fake into an and-1 layup giving Ohio State a healthy 51-27 cushion at the 16:15 mark.

The game would devolve into an open gym shortly thereafter with the only suspense provided by whether or not Crean would start openly weeping on the sideline and Thomas gunning for his career high of 24 points, which he set in the season opener against North Carolina A&T (similar competition so I guess it makes sense). Sorry for the venom, folks. I just can't hide the fact I think Crean is a joke.

Sullinger was a non-factor after missing 17 minutes in the 1st half winding up with season lows of five points on two field goal attempts in 13 minutes with seven boards. Dallas Lauderdale helped pick up Sully's slack recording eight points and six boards, tying his season high with 28 minutes.

Craft was his usual harrassing self picking up six steals while posting eight points and five dimes in another quietly effective performance.

Verdell Jones III led Indiana with 14 points while Christian Watford added 12.

For the game, OSU shot 49% from the floor, 39% from distance (7/18) and 75% from the stripe (27/36) thanks to a 17/19 effort in the 2nd half. Meanwhile, the Buckeye defense held Indiana to 39% from the field and 29% from distance (6/21) while winning the glass 34-28.

The win improves Ohio State to 27-2 overall and 14-2 in conference play and should vault the Buckeyes back into the #1 national ranking following losses by Duke and Texas.

Next up for the Buckeyes is what should amount to another tough road test as they travel to State College to play a Penn State team in desperate need of a signature to try and get themselves onto the tournament bubble.





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TLB's picture

Totally with you on Crean.  He got lucky with Wade at Marquette.  For some reason, media folks think he is great.  He is nothing more than a sideline sideshow.

Johnny Ginter's picture

crean is definitely a big ol baby, not even meeting with reporters in the press room tonight. according to jardy, he's going to talk outside of his locker room during matta's presser. what a weiner.

Nappy's picture

I went to a high school game this past week to watch an IU recruit, Ron Patterson, (unimpressed) and Crean was in attendance.  He sat and texted the ENTIRE time! Talk about evaluating talent.  Dudes just a turd.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Cross Village's picture

SIDELINE TOM-BOB........ loser

Buckrific's picture

I can't stand to watch him pace back and forth then snarl.  He drives me nuts.

ColdBuckeye's picture

Crean isn't worth our time. Let's talk about Bo Ryan; now that rat faced turd gets under the ole skin!

Jason Priestas's picture

Ryan will get his on Sunday. I'm sure the students have been looking forward to his visit for some time.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Have the "Deal with it" t-shirts been printed? 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Do we have a game time for Sunday? Matta seemed to have a longchat with Crean (sic) after the game. Did he discuss that at the postgame?

"2014 National with it!!!"

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Thanks. I checked after I posted. Nephew's b-day party, but it's a must see game.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Chris Lauderback's picture

Sunday's game is at 4pm.

Matta didn't say too much about Crean. Basically, Crean was pissed at the end of the half because Matta was talking to an official about Siebert getting hammered right before the buzzer but no foul was called. Crean said he's complained to B1G officials before about coaches getting an extra conference with the officials and that both the team, coaches and refs are supposed to leave the court at halftime. Crean didn't like what Matta was doing so Crean joined in the conference with the ref. Before the 2nd half started, Crean apparently tried to make sure everything was patched up with Matta. Then, after the game, Crean did the same. Matta will never say it but he clearly thinks Crean is a jack-ass, and he thought that well before today. Crean doesn't like Matta either because he thinks Matta rubbed his face in a blowout last year.

ERIC OSU's picture

..... and I'm sure Crean's dislike of Thad also has to do with the fact that Matta has been plucking whomever he wants out of Indiana High Schools.

Suck it Tommy-clapsalot.

TLB's picture

I think Crean, the constant complainer, has said some things behind the scenes to some people about Thad's recruiting.

IU is essentially the ND of basketball.  A school that thinks they are elite and relevant, but in reality they are just another mediocre program. 

gravey's picture

Tom Crean = Tom Arnold's whiny, d-bag brother.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I was thinking that they look exactly alike earlier!

Matthew's picture

Gotta love the walk-on E Days jacking it up at the very end instead of dribbling the time off the clock. Make the most of your extremely limited playtime, young man!

Class of 2010

RBuck's picture

I'm thinking that Thomas is the best offensive rebounder on this team. Even though he was only credited with one O rip yesterday, he was mostly in position and battling for every miss. He's also the only outside shooter who consistanly follows up his shot. 

Long live the southend.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I knida had a feeling Thomas would have a big game against Indiana. And Crean is a douche nozzle. But Bo Ryan take douchbaggery to a whole new level. I hope we destroy the Badgers on Sunday and our students stick it to the entire Vagger group that enters the VCA.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama