Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:20 pm
Goodbye from Columbus
Dylan Sinn | The Journal Gazette
So Indiana leaves Columbus with a 3-game losing streak and without any hope for let-up Saturday. Several of the media's questions following the game centered on the grueling stretch of schedule the Hoosiers are playing through right now, but neither Archie Miller nor Juwan Morgan allowed that to be an excuse for IU's rough start to the game.
It was a rough start. After the Hoosiers took a 5-4 lead on five early points from guard Zach McRoberts, the Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run and that was essentially the last time the game was really competitive. It wasn't even a particularly enthusiastic crowd despite the Ohio State lead, although there were a couple of points during the game where it seemed as though IU might make a run and the crowd got into it. Each time, the Buckeyes got the basket they needed and the Hoosiers never really threatened.
Now Indiana has three days off before it takes on No. 5 Michigan State, its third straight top-20 opponent. It will be interesting to see whether Devonte Green gets more time in that game. He hardly saw the floor at all against Purdue, but was the Hoosiers' best scorer tonight and he got more aggressive as the game went on. It helps his case for playing time that Josh Newkirk didn't score tonight. If Green has a good few days of practice, he could see his role begin to grow as the season enters its final stages.
Here are some final facts and figures from Tuesday's game:
Green finished with a career-high 20 points, making a season-high four triples. ... Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes, his ninth double-double of the season. ... After shooting 50 percent or better for three straight games, the Hoosiers finished at 36 percent from the floor. ... Indiana also shot 6 for 19 on 3-pointers, the seventh straight game it has been under 35 percent from deep as a team, the longest stretch of the season. ... Robert Johnson had just two points, his lowest output since he had zero against Louisville. ... Ohio State outrebounded the Hoosiers 39-26. ... Former Hoosier and Michigan Wolverines forward Max Bielfeldt was in attendance at Value City Arena.