For a while on Saturday, it looked like Indiana was headed for another blowout loss.
They trailed 9-2 at the first media timeout, having committed turnovers on their first three possessions of the game. But Nick Zeisloft and Collin Hartman entered the game off the bench and changed everything.
Zeisloft and Hartman brought energy to a team that looked like it had just crawled out of bed, and they were a big reason why Indiana earned a 69-66 upset win at Assembly Hall.
Indiana (12-4, 2-1 Big Ten) just needed one positive thing to happen. A wild Assembly Hall crowd was looking for any reason to erupt, and Zeisloft and Hartman gave it to them with their energy and effort. Zeisloft scored eight quick points, Hartman had a key and-one, and the Hoosiers were on their way.
"That's momentum," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "You never know where it's going to come from, and we needed some energy at the beginning of the game. Somebody has to establish their will early on and Ohio State did, and we didn't match it. We go to the bench, and we did. Collin and Nick came in and did a fantastic job of getting us going."
Robinson back to shooting left-handed?
It's been a rough start to the season for sophomore Stanford Robinson, especially on the offensive end.
Robinson is shooting just 32 percent from the field (16-of-50) and 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the foul line. He's also 0-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Robinson started shooting right-handed instead of left during the offseason at the suggestion of former teammate Will Sheehey. Crean said before the season that Robinson is naturally right-handed.
But the experiment has not worked, and Robinson is frustrated. That's why he's gone back to shooting his free throws with his left hand in the last two games. He split his two attempts from the charity stripe on Saturday.
"Stan wants to do well," Crean said. "Stan is in the gym so much, and he wants to be so good. I didn't tell him to switch to his right hand. My bottom line is, 'Let's shoot it with the proper form, proper technique.' But it needs to go in. One is better than going 0-for-2, so that's progress."
INDIANA DEFENSE DOES THE JOB
Indiana has had its share of defensive struggles this season, but the Hoosiers certainly turned in a good performance against Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (13-4, 2-2), who entered the game with one of the nation's best average field goal percentage, were held to 34 percent shooting on Saturday. They made only 3-of-21 shots from beyond the arc, 14 percent.
Indiana did an excellent job on freshman phenom D'Angelo Russell, the Buckeyes' leading scorer. Going against a combination of Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson, Russell struggled to a 3-of-15 effort for 13 points.
"Yogi wants those challenges," Crean said. "It doesn't matter the size o the guy. That's how Victor [Oladipo] was. And you know, when you're the best defender, you've got to go take that."
Ferrell had only 10 points on 1-of-8 shooting, but he locked Russell down defensively. The 6-foot-5 Russell looked as if he didn't want any part of Ferrell, especially late in the game.