Buckeyes Stun the Hoosiers in Bloomington

By Kyle Rowland on March 5, 2013 at 11:08p
Deshaun Thomas helped lead the Buckeyes to a huge win in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten hasn’t followed the script all season. So why would it begin during the final week?

Assembly Hall was filled – balcony included – nearly an hour before tipoff on Tuesday night. Indiana fans were brimming with excitement and confidence, awaiting a raucous celebration to recognize the Hoosiers’ first outright Big Ten championship in 20 years.

But the team on the other side of the court was also playing for a title. Ohio State’s chances may have been slim, but they grew exponentially after a stunning 67-58 upset that left all of Bloomington quiet on a snow-filled evening. It was the Buckeyes’ first win ever over a top-five Indiana team on the road.

“I’m proud of this basketball team,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “We were knocked down and kicked to the ground and they’ve picked themselves up and responded to a pretty high level. We aren’t done yet. We have to continue playing at this level.

“This was a tremendous win for our basketball team.”

Entering the closing week of the regular season, all Indiana had to do was win once. For the second-ranked team in the country, that didn’t seem like a tall order. Now the Hoosiers have to beat No. 7 Michigan at Crisler Arena, where the Wolverines are undefeated this season.

If Ohio State beats Illinois on Sunday and Michigan tops Indiana, the Buckeyes have their fourth straight Big Ten title.

When Ohio State and Indiana played in Columbus during February, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford each scored at least 20 points and combined for 70, two more than the Buckeyes’ entire team. That output was decidedly different on Tuesday.

Indiana’s “Big Three” was limited to just 36 points, and Oladipo attempted zero shots in the first half due to foul trouble.

“We were just much more active tonight,” Matta said. “There was no secret what they were trying to do. They wanted to go inside. We felt like we knew where they were going to go.”

But it wasn’t just scoring where they were neutralized. Zeller finished with four rebounds and only had one until the final two minutes.

“I didn’t know anything like that,” said a wide-eyed Shannon Scott. “I knew we had great help defense and boxed out Zeller. He’s a great player. We knew if we came off the boards we could achieve anything, so we really focused on that.”

The 14th-ranked Buckeyes outrebounded Indiana, 37-32 for the game and 19-12 in all-important second half. It helped lead to a 14-2 advantage in fast break points. The Hoosiers didn’t help themselves with 12 turnovers that contributed directly to 16 Ohio State points. Craft and Scott each had four steals.

“The ability to push the basketball was huge,” Matta said. “We got some easy baskets off our defense. We haven’t always been able to convert on those. Shannon had a great rhythm tonight.”

The stifling defense Ohio State employed to corral Indiana was nowhere to be seen a month ago in Value City Arena – or anywhere for that matter. During its current four-game win streak, Ohio State has used its defense to overwhelm opponents. For Indiana, getting into a consistent rhythm was nearly impossible. 

Oladipo and Zeller missed large stretches of the first half because of the foul trouble. With Zeller sending Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel to the bench, as well, with two fouls, Matta decided to go with the small lineup that played at the end of both games against Northwestern.

Ohio State took advantage, scoring 12 points in the paint during the half and taking a three-point lead into the locker room. It outscored Indiana, 9-3, in the final six minutes with Zeller out of the game. 

The Hoosiers converted on just one-third of their field goal attempts in the first half.

But Indiana came out and scored on its first seven possessions of the second half – part of a 14-6 run – to take a five-point lead. The Buckeyes, like they’ve done against elite opponents all season, refused to go quietly.

Instead, they quieted the crowd with a comeback.

A 14-4 spurt put Ohio State back on top, and it never trailed again. The closest Indiana got was 50-48, and then the Buckeyes went on an 11-2 run to go up 11 – Indiana’s largest deficit of the season – and make it a free-throw shooting contest at the end.

“We did a good job staying in our offense,” Craft said. “We all set good screens, everyone knocked down a shot we needed to make. It wasn’t just one guy. We did a good job sticking together, and that’s what it takes.”

During the Buckeyes' final sprint to the finish line, Craft and Thomas scored nine of the 11 points. Time and again, Craft hit big shots in the second half with the shot clock nearing zero. More often than not, it was thanks to deft touch and a friendly kiss off the glass.

“Anyone on the floor wants the ball in their hands at that point,” Craft said. “You just have to not think it’s different than any other time on the shot clock. That’s when you get tight and miss shots you should probably make. You have to be relaxed and think there’s a lot more time on the clock.”

Said Matta: “It was huge. You want the ball in his hands.”

Craft finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Thomas led Ohio State with 18 points and Ravenel had eight rebounds and six assists.

It was Ravenel who helped guard Zeller so effectively.

“He was big, there’s no question about that,” Matta said. “The best thing about him was he made a couple mistakes early and he played on.”

Playing on is what Ohio State will do Sunday. And it won’t be for naught. It’s win and then root for Michigan.

“I just want to take care of Illinois,” Matta said.


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tennbuckeye19's picture

I just set my futon on fire!


BME_Buckeye's picture

I thought we had higher standards. Leave that to Spartans. No one burns couches like MSU! 

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skiehl's picture

Clemson does it too! 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

West Virginia!

Class of 2010.

ATXbucknut's picture

Best full 40 minutes we have put together all season.
It's party time.

IBleedSandG's picture

Mad props on the Chapelle's Show gif. One of my fav tv shows of all-time.


Jhesse17's picture

The Wayne Brady sketch might be the greatest sketch in TV history.

Dean's picture

Huge win, great for our tourney resume.  Who was it that said we would be a seven seed?  We looked like an outstanding team tonight.

Maestro's picture

Gutty, gritty, gutsy, gritsy and other made up G words.  Great game gentlemen.

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Doc's picture

Great victory fellas.  Way to go!  I love beating the Cryin' Creans. Wow!  What an effort!  I love this team!

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dsbgobux's picture

Love it! Go Bucks!

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Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Shannon Scott played like a man tonight.
Backside help defense was the best I've seen all season.

Jugdish's picture

I have to agree that this was Shannon's best game this season. If he keeps this up, we may go to the elite eight at least.

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brylee's picture

Great time to be stepping up as well...just in time for tourney's

ih8rolltyde's picture

100% agree..... kid needs confidence in the J to be all-american

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Jhesse17's picture

If he had a consistent jumper or could consistently finish the contested layups he regularly gets he would easily be an All American.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

The tears of Columbus West taste extra good tonight. Crean got out coached BIGTIME. The players didn't even try in the end.

Edit:Craft was amazing. Nice kisses off the glass in clutch situations.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Yes...delicious tears...mmm...

CowCat's picture


"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

ATT2121's picture

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most satisfying win in a long time!


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BuckeyeUro's picture

I'll be the first to admit: I WAS WRONGE!!!

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Usually we're the team that the ball bounces away from on those low-post scrambles, but tonight everything went Scarlet and Gray!

BED's picture

Take that Tom Crean! (pictured)

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Ekes42's picture

Now it's Michigan's turn to help us out this year.  We gave them a title last year, would be nice of them to return the favor.
Great game tonight though!!

dancorona5's picture

Tom Crean's Post Game Presser:

Citrus's picture

I lolz'd thanks

DJRoss926's picture

This is the best.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I really didn't think we could beat these guys, but if our defense keeps up like this, I have to say we could probably beat most anyone.

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dja.ohio's picture

Held Indiana to lowest point total of the season.

M Man's picture

That might be the best performance I've seen from OSU in a couple of years.  Just an outstanding win.  And what a great time for the Buckeyes to begin to peak.  It's tempting to single out Shannon Scott, but that wouldn't do justice to the great efforts by all the other starters.

Jugdish's picture

We need help for a change from TTUN.

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CowCat's picture

That makes my skin crawl, but ...
Let's go Not-Indiana!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

They owe us.

Class of 2010.

tampa buckeye's picture

Go IU. Down vote.  Go Bucks michigan still sucks!!!

Seth4Bucks's picture

upvote to counter the strange downvote.

tampa buckeye's picture

All michigan fans get a down vote.  If I could ban them from the site I would.

Jack Fu's picture

Yeah, counter-downvote upvote seconded.

CowCat's picture


"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

johnblairgobucks's picture

Change that horrendous avitar, admit you're a strong Buckeye fan, and you'll be amazed at the wealth, good luck and upvotes that will come your way.

cal3713's picture

Kenny Fucking Powers does not approve of your avitar comments.

Dr. House's picture

AWWW all my high school friends who went to iu are complaining that the refs were out to get them. jack off motion

RedQueenRace's picture

Is that because they refused to call fouls on them even when they tried to commit one?

tampa buckeye's picture

If it wasn't for the refs IU loses that one by 20.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Ruining senior nights since 2012! 
This is a season defining game! YES! 

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Lawver_5's picture

It's fun watching that craft scott combo. Hopefully they can keep playing like they did tonight.

tampa buckeye's picture

Craft was money.  He shot 7-10ish just lights out with the normal solid d.

Phillips.449's picture

Best game I have seen in a long time!  GO BUCKS!!!

d1145fresh's picture

Aaron Craft... not bad for a rosy cheeked white kid. 

tampa buckeye's picture

He only made those shots because he's white with rosey cheeks.

CALPOPPY's picture

Damn you people are sensitive. Whatever Tampa said above was not what he said here. Get over it.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Hovenaut's picture

That was......awe-SOME!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I love beating IU and especially beating Crean.

Jack Fu's picture

Craft was a total braj tonight.

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Anyone else watching IU's Senior Night on ESPN3? It has to be absolutely deflating for them to do it after that game.

jkrk's picture

LOL. They cut down the nets. Had to feel like losing in T-Ball and then still getting a trophy.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Dear Ohio State fans I was wrong about OSU losing and assuming Indiana would blow us out. I made other comments in another thread about a 5 way tie that our team did not have heart to play and couldn't beat Indiana in Assembly hall thus leading to several downvotes. I am here asking for forgiveness from OSU fans to forgive me for my comments made. 
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Baroclinicity's picture

What a great team effort.  And as I said in the open thread it's a great signature road win that we were sorely lacking.  GO BUCKS!!

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VHX7's picture

Silencing them on their senior night definitely makes up for that refball-filled loss in Bloomington last season.

kr66osu's picture

I already have the urge to re-watch this game
God damn it was an exciting one

Wobble in our Shoes's picture

Crean's press conference is going to be schadenfreude at its finest!!

theobi's picture

I smell a 3 seed come March

kr66osu's picture

and it smells delicious

Vico's picture

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

theobi's picture

Times like these make me wish I could upvote Staff.

tampa buckeye's picture

no downvote for him having michigan colors on.  the yellow is a bit dark though.  

TatumRuled's picture

Ha, ha. IU was so sure of the win tonight, they're doing their senior night ceremony after the game. Big mistake...

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Dr. House's picture

Hahahahaahah IU can go screw themselves 

Knarcisi's picture

Great team effort. Best performances of the year from Scott and Ravenel. Great 1st half from Slam. Great effort from Craft. Scott and Craft, 4 steals each. Seemed like 10 from Scott. Great effort on D. IU averages 82 a game and they had help from "Teddy and The Refs" tonight at Assembly Call. 

buckeye4life050233's picture

teddy valentine needs to retire.....why is it we always seem to draw him as an official late in the year in season defining games......another one i wish would retire would be kitts, he is blind as a bat....

TLB's picture

Gentlemen, it's party time...Italian style!

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BuckeyeChief's picture

"And I was like, Emilio!"

awesome gift, and yes, I have watched this recently.

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

RollBucks's picture

I don't have any idea what this is but it is glorious.

Roll with it.

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buckeyedude's picture

What the heck is that? LOL.



BuckeyeChief's picture

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Phillips.449's picture

^^^This GIF made me crack up because it brought back memories of doing that in grade school.  I would have NEVER remembered doing this had I not seen this GIF.

allbucksallthetime's picture

The Bucks showed their mettle winning on the road tonight when few thought they could.  While it's a tremendous win, it is only one win.  That same fire and intensity must be the hallmark of this group going forward and if so, March could be really interesting.  Go Bucks!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

All-around outstanding performances, but extra kudos to Craft, Ross, Ravenel. 
Side note: it was awe-inspiring how the Bucks weathered IU's storm + ridiculous home cooking during the first 12 minutes or so of the second half. They literally (okay, figuratively) forced the refs to call the game straight for the last 7 minutes by sheer determination and domination.

CALPOPPY's picture

You mean except the last two minutes where they would not call a foul regardless how much they hugged the Buckeyes? It was a benefit in that it wasted a bit if time but it often kept the best Buckeye ft shooters from going to the line. And LSJr getting trucked by Zeller and then "traveling" was horse-apples. 

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Sgt. Elias's picture

The defense was all:

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

kr66osu's picture

OSU had more steals than turnovers

tampa buckeye's picture

Damn! that is impressive as a mug

Mike413's picture

God, I love this shit!!!!

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Vegas odds on Buckeyes for every road senior night they play from here on out. Sorry to get all 1980's and weird, but that game was tits.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

If we play like we did tonight the rest of the way, we will win the national championship. Amazing game. This is one of those rare moments where we need a Michigan win. GO BLUE BEAT IU!!

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

You really shouldn't say those two words, no matter how badly we need their help.

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

kr66osu's picture

I'm having a stroke trying to compute the Big Ten tournament seeding possibilities
All I know is OSU has clinched the bye unless they screw up on Sunday

MediBuck's picture

Perfect timing roundball Bucks!!!
Huge win!!!!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

OhioKris's picture

lowest point total for Indiana all year at 58. 
second lowest. 
the loss to Wisconsin 59. 
Indiana has a problem with teams that slow the game down and man up the D. 
The memo is out.

Dr. House's picture

That memo was out when butler beat IU with half of its starters riding the pine. I'm just shocked very few teams have done it. I'm looking at msu. 

CALPOPPY's picture

It's probably because it's easier said than done. I'm surprised we pulled-off the win because I'm surprised we played so well (or well enough) in the half court.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

jkrk's picture

Yeah, and it's hard to do that if Oladipo plays at all in the 1st half. (Not saying they weren't fouls, btw. Everybody knows it's 8-on-5 in Assembly Hall, so it's a small miracle that they were called.)

hail2victors9's picture

You have to give credit to Matta.  When OSU is on the big stage, he rallys the troops.  I know there are a number of Matta-haters, but I think that's just because they have gotten spoiled over his tenure.  He is a heck of a coach.  And, for once, I agreed with the commentators, in that Matta might be the best coach in the country when it comes to matchup awareness and preperation.
A very similar situation with Craft.  How could any Buckeye fans dog Ol' Rosey?  He isn't an offensive force, but he is an elite PG.  Plus, if you saw the interview after the game, he's just hard not to like (unless he's defending Trey Burke).  Lot's of character and class; a very intelligent young man and one heck of a ball player.  MVP tonight, IMO.
Oh, and I feel pretty uncomfortable after fist pumping for OSU, two years in a row.  First Buford's 3 @State and Thomas' 3 to put OSU up 9 in the closing minutes.  Also, I really am starting to hate IU.

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bowthrock's picture

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Dontre was a believer.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

3 weeks ago I was calling for Matta and the assistants to provide some fire on the bench. They answered that call against Wiscy and MSU. Tonite I watched a team that has figured out the roles on the team and is playing aggressive. Amir needs to step up, but great win for Thad. So happy for him. Props to Ravs, Craft, Shannon and team. Great team win!! Bring on Illini. GO BUCKS!

81Alum's picture

Great game. Bucks showed a lot of character and heart.

BigBuck623's picture

Great game! Who gets the title if Michigan loses to Indiana but OSU beats Illinois?

kr66osu's picture

If Indiana wins it's theirs outright

IBleedSandG's picture

What else can you say about Aaron Craft? What a class act! Great all-around game. Salute!


osubuckeye4life's picture

So, many great performances tonight! I'm proud of this team! 

KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

Aaron Craft with the banker from the right wing as the shot clock ran down was clutch.
Aaron Craft at the end of the game with the shot clock running down & Vic Oladipo all up in his grill, with the banker from the left wing was ridiculously clutch. Ravenel was huge tonight, imo. Thomas's 3 was the play of the game. Shannon Scott is unbelievably quick. Love his upside. Q & Slam made some plays too, especially early on. Best all-around effort by the team all season.

Idaho Helga's picture

I have  a lot of questions after walking into  this box score, but GO BUCKS,GO BUCKS

ih8rolltyde's picture

Slam Thompson is going to be VERY good for our Buckeyes.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

ATXbucknut's picture

By the way, this makes THREE wins over top 5 teams this year for OSU.  I don't think any other team in the country can say that.

frozen buckeye's picture

Gonzaga sure can't. 

ATXbucknut's picture

A nice write up on the significance of the game on ESPN's College BB Nation Blog.

Jason Priestas's picture

Good link. Written by an IU grad, no less.

buckeye4life050233's picture

if only if only we didn't lose to illinois on the road or didn't give the game away at michigan we could win it outright as well if indiana were to lose at michigan and we were to beat illinois at home

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

buckeyestu's picture

Great team victory tonight. Would not trade coach matta for any other coach. Great time of year to be peaking.

ILbuckeyes's picture

Great win, great performances by so many people but imagine if Amir played up to the talent he has.  We could be great!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Hope they enjoyed cutting the nets down after getting smoked. What a bunch of tools. 
On the bright side, Craft and Scott looked amazing. Rav stepped up huge in the second half, and played his butt off. Really impressive win at one of the most difficult environments in the country. 
You heard it here first, Purdue will keep it very close tonight vs. tsun. They are playing better than everyone is talking about tsun vs. IU on Sunday. 

OSUStu's picture

Even living in Indiana, you knew Ron was a Bucks fan.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

sharks's picture

My allegiances were tested, because I'm an alum of that school to the west, and feel that they really deserve some success over there (and let's face it, bball is all they have); but they ought to be ashamed for having that celebration after backing into a tie.
Getting deep into the brackets takes intestinal fortitude, and it is now clear who has it and who doesn't.  Maybe next year, IU (but probably not, since Oladipo is a lock to declare early).

A man got to have a code...

JeffCoBuck's picture

So, it's 8:21, EST: has Tom Crean showed up for the postgame presser yet?

JeffCoBuck's picture

Sorry, guys, late to the gif party, but:

nickma71's picture

That win rivals JJ's dish to Treg Lee in the last really big game between the two schools.

gobucks96's picture

That was an awesome game to watch. Great guard play by Craft and Scott. Mr clutch Thomas was just that...

input4u's picture

D Thomas played his best "D" in this game.  If he continues to play defense like that this team could make a special run.  Scott an Craft playing Awesome defense is a given, and when the others play with that same grit and intensity..... Watch Out!!!!

RedStorm45's picture

"The Buckeyes, like they’ve done against elite opponents all season, refused to go quietly."

ATT2121's picture

As usual,  great coverage and article. Thanks Kyle and 11W!


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens