It was an odd half in many ways. Indiana shot just 33 percent from the field (10-of-30) and turned it over nine times to Ohio State's two, and yet leads.
How? Effort, something the Hoosiers lacked in East Lansing last Monday night.
Indiana outrebounded the bigger Buckeyes (13-3, 2-1) 30-15 in the half, including 11-3 on the offensive glass. Collin Hartman and Nick Zeisloft came off the bench and woke the Hoosiers up after they came up just as lethargic as they did against Michigan State.
Indiana turned it over on its first three possessions, and Hanner Mosquera-Perea picked up two quick fouls for the third straight game. This time, it took only 1:26. Indiana trailed 9-2 at the first media timeout, and the boo birds were out.
But Hartman and Zeisloft immediately affected the game on both ends, and they got the crowd into the game. At one point, Assembly Hall got to its loudest level of the season. The crowd was just waiting for a reason to go crazy, and Hartman and Zeisloft gave it to them.
It became something of a parade to the foul line late in the half, and the Buckeyes were able to trim five points off the Indiana lead.
Ohio State also shot just 33 percent from the field, but was able to stay in the game mostly because it protected the ball.
Interesting to note: Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell and Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. are two of the top freshman scorers in the country, but you wouldn't know it today. At the half, Russell has four points and Blackmon Jr. has two points. Blackmon is now just 4-of-28 from the field in Big Ten play. His struggles continue.
Jae'sean Tate leads Ohio State with seven points off the bench. Zeisloft also has eight points for the Hoosiers on 3-of-4 shooting and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
We will have plenty more coverage from Bloomington later this afternoon.