Key MomentWith 13:52 left in the first half and the Hoosiers trailing just 10-8 Ohio State's Jared Sullinger picked up his second foul and was sent to the bench. If ever there was a good opportunity for IU to make a move in this game it was right here. Instead, the Buckeyes ripped off a 20-5 scoring run with the last 14 points of that run all coming from the hot hand of super-sub Deshaun Thomas. The freshman from Fort Wayne started with a couple of made free throws, then hit two dagger threes, and then immediately went to work down low. By the time Thomas' path of destruction had torn through the IU defense the score was 30-13 with just over four minutes left in the opening half but the game seemed over.
When It Was OverThe aforementioned moment is almost as good as any to pick, but since the Hoosiers were down just 15 points at halftime there was still some small measure of hope left for a stronger second half. Instead, the Buckeyes charged out of the gates on a 13-4 run to take a 24-point lead with less than four minutes gone in the half. Indiana would never get closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
MVPNo one stepped to the forefront for the Hoosiers on Sunday. Almost every player struggled in their own way. Christian Watford and Verdell Jones led the Hoosiers in scoring with 12 and 14 points respectively and in rebounding with four a piece, but since Watford had five turnovers and Jones had none we will give him the edge.
Why They LostIt just boils down to talent, or lack thereof in Indiana's case when compared to a team like the Buckeyes. Even without the services of the Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Sullinger, Ohio State won this game in the first half. That's in large part due to a supporting cast that can more than carry the load. Thomas was the biggest contributor, but Dallas Lauderdale, Jon Diebler, William Buford, and David Lighty were also too much for the Hoosiers.
Meanwhile, when Indiana's trio of Watford, Tom Pritchard, and Jones got in early foul trouble the Hoosiers had to turn to players like Daniel Moore and Bobby Capobianco. The talent disparity between OSU's Thomas and the IU subs is immense. That's not to say this loss falls on the Hoosier bench's shoulders. IU's most talented player Watford, was 1-5 shooting in the first half with more turnovers (4) than points (3) in the opening half. Clearly, the entire Hoosier roster was outmatched and overpowered on Sunday. Again, this one just boils down to raw talent.