Hoops Preview: Buckeyes Unwelcome Guests At Indiana Tonight

The No. 13 Buckeyes (9-2, 3-0) visit Indiana (10-3, 1-2) Thursday night in a matchup of Big Ten rivals. The Hoosiers last played on Sunday, losing 61-58 at Penn State. Ohio State, meanwhile, is in the midst of a 5-game winning streak — which has also seen three canceled games over the course of those five wins. The Buckeyes last played on Sunday as well, winning an overtime battle 87-79 at Nebraska. It was the end of a two-week break for Ohio State due to the cancelations.

Opening Tip

Who: Ohio State at Indiana
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Indiana
When: Thursday 7:00 pm (FS1)
Why: Because you want to see what Malaki Branham is going to do for an encore.

The Buckeyes​

Buckeye Game Notes​

  • Freshman Malaki Branham had a tough game against Wisconsin and couldn’t wait to get back out on the court. It certainly showed against Nebraska on Jan. 2, as the Columbus native poured in a season-high 35 points on 13-of-19 shooting and 6-of-10 from long range. The 35 points are the most by an OSU freshman in a Big Ten game and second only to Jared Sullinger who scored 40 vs. IUPUI as a freshman in 2010. The 35 points also tie Keita Bates-Diop for the most by any OSU player in a Big Ten game since 2000. Branham’s six three-pointers tie an OSU freshman record for the most in a single game. He entered the night just 5-of-15 combined from long range on the season. His 13 field goals are tied for the second-most by an OSU freshman in a game in program history. The 35 points are also tied for the second-most in a game by any freshman in the country this season. He also tied a season-high with six rebounds
  • Ohio State is averaging 9.3 three-point field goals per game this season which is third in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have six games this season with 10 or more three-pointer. They are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc which is third in the conference and in the Top 15 nationally. The Buckeyes made 16 three-pointers in the overtime win at Nebraska on Jan. 2. The 16 triples tied for the fourth-most in a game in program history.
  • Ohio State remains on the road this Thursday when it travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana. The Buckeyes are looking to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play. This is the 196th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Indiana. IU leads the series 108-87 but the Buckeyes have won six of the last seven meetings. That includes wins in each of the last three meetings in Assembly Hall. The Buckeyes have five consecutive games and are 9-2 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten play. OSU is one of three teams at 3-0 atop the Big Ten standings, joining Michigan State and Illinois.

The Indiana Hoosiers

What You Need To Know​

  • IU is first in the Big Ten and third nationally in field goal percentage defense (35.4%). IU also leads the league in scoring defense (61.6) and is second in Big Ten in blocked shots (5.7), third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (48.3%) and rebound margin (+8.46), and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.6%).
  • All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades averaging 19.3 points (5th in B1G), 8.2 rebounds (5th), shooting 59.9% from the floor (5th) and contributing 3.1 blocked shots per game (1st). He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State. The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-America by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. He has had four double-doubles this season and 26 in his career with IU posting a 20-6 record in those games. Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,200 points as a Hoosier, rating 39th all-time in IU lore. He had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots at PSU.
  • IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (72), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (94), Miller Kopp (87), Parker Stewart (86) and Race Thompson (40) have combined for 374 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games. Stewart’s 47.5% effort from long range is the highest among B1G starters. Thompson is eighth in the league in rebounding at 8.0 and has six games of 10 rebounds or more this season. Over the last three games, Johnson (9.3) and Phinisee (8.3) are averaging 17.6 points per game combined. Phinisee is shooting a team-best 59% from deep during that time. Johnson is sixth in Big Ten in assists at 4.2 per game. In the last five games, So./Fr. Jordan Geronimo has made 11-of-19 field goal attempts and is averaging 5.8 rebounds in just 11.8 minutes of action per game. IU is 9-0 at home and 10-0 in games played in the state of Indiana.
  • IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings 9 years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.
  • Indiana (10-3, 1-2) lost to Penn State (6-5, 1-2), 61-58, on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Thirteen of Indiana’s 23 baskets came on an assist. Seven of the 10 Hoosiers who played scored at least one basket. Indiana only committed six turnovers for the game, a season-low. Junior/Sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis led Indiana in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field while also recording five rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. After Jackson-Davis’ performance, he now ranks 39th in Indiana’s all-time career scoring list. Jackson-Davis has now recorded multiple blocks in 12 of the season’s 13 games. Redshirt Senior/Redshirt Junior Race Thompson added nine points while leading the team in rebounding with 10 boards.


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  • Jun 12, 2020
    Will be an interesting matchup inside with EJ & Zed versus TJD & Thompson.