IU-Ohio State: A tale of the tape

So how do Indiana and Ohio State match up statistically heading into Saturday's Big Ten Conference game at Assembly Hall? They both score and shoot the ball well, but Ohio State has the edge when it comes to defense.

Here is a quick tale of the tape comparing Indiana (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) and Ohio State (13-3, 2-1) in terms of overall statistics through this point in the season.

Which team has the edge in scoring offense?

The two teams come into Saturday’s 12 p.m. tipoff at Assembly Hall as the top two scoring teams in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are No. 1 at 82.9 points per game, while Ohio State is No. 2 at 82.8.

The big difference here comes with scoring defense. Indiana ranks last in the Big Ten, allowing 71.5 points per game. That gives the Hoosiers a scoring margin of +11.4 points per game, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten. Ohio State is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 60.3 points per game. That gives the Buckeyes the No. 1 scoring margin in the Big Ten at +22.5 points per game.

Which team shoots the ball better?

Both are in the top three in field goal percentage. Ohio State is the conference leader shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Indiana is third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 48.2 percent.

Indiana has a slight edge at the foul line, shooting 71.9 percent which ranks seventh in the conference. Ohio State is ninth at 71.2 percent.

Both teams are shooting the ball well from 3-point range as well. Ohio State is No. 1 in the conference at 40.5 percent from 3 and IU is fourth at 39.3 percent.

Which team has a better defensive shooting percentage?

Again, this is where Ohio State has an edge. The Buckeye’ opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. IU’s opponents are shooting 43.2 percent which puts IU at No. 13 overall.

From 3-point range, both teams are allowing opponents to shoot 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.

How about rebounding?

Surprisingly, Indiana has the edge here. The Hoosiers rank third in the Big Ten with an average of 39.0 rebounds per game. IU ranks second in offensive rebounds with 12.3 per game and third in defensive rebounds with 26.7 per game. Ohio State is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with an average of 36.5 rebounds per game. The Buckeyes are eighth in offensive rebounds at 10.8 and 10th in defensive rebounds at 25.7.

How about assists, blocks, steals and turnovers?

Ohio State ranks third in assists at 17.9, second in blocks at 5.3, second in steals at 9.2 and sixth in turnovers at 12.1.

Indiana ranks sixth in assists at 14.9, 12th in blocks at 3.6, 11th in steals at 5.7 and fifth in turnovers at 11.9.

Which team has made more 3-point field goals this season per game?

Indiana has a slight edge in this category and actually ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten with an average of 8.9 3-point field goals made per game. Ohio State is third at 7.9 per game.

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