COLUMBUS, Ohio --- It may be time to get Collin Hartman more shots.
Hartman, who got his fourth straight start on Sunday, made all four of his shots from beyond the arc in an 82-70 loss to Ohio State. Hartman is 7-of-7 on 3-pointers in his last two games, and he's now shooting 71 percent (10-of-14) from deep in Big Ten play.
Hartman hit two of his four 3s late in the second half as the Hoosiers (15-5, 5-2 Big Ten) attempted to come back. Going forward, though, we may start to see Indiana run some set plays to get Hartman open for shots. As it is now, he's getting his looks in the flow of the offense.
Until Thursday against Maryland, Hartman had never scored in double figures in his first year and a half at Indiana. He's now accomplished that feat in back-to-back games, scoring 15 on 4-of-4 shooting against Maryland and 12 on 4-of-4 shooting against Ohio State.
Johnson shaken up
Freshman guard Robert Johnson suffered an apparent knee injury on a drive to the basket early in the first half on Sunday. Johnson briefly returned to the game, but then spent the last eight-plus minutes of the half on the bench with ice on his knee.
Nick Zeisloft started the second half in place of Johnson, but he did return to the game again. Johnson had two points in 17 minutes.
"He got banged up. He was not the same," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "I haven't gotten an update on that, but he was good enough to go back into the game. Certainly he wasn't at full strength."
Like Hartman, junior guard Yogi Ferrell continued to play well on Sunday. He uncharacteristically missed a few assignments defensively, but Ferrell finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Ferrell made 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc, giving him 13 made 3-pointers in his last two games. He played all but one minute in the game.
In his last two games, Ferrell has scored 50 total points on 17-of-28 shooting and 13-of-19 from distance.
It was a rough afternoon for sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson. Williams was brilliant early, scoring six quick points on 3-of-3 shooting, but he struggled when Ohio State started to give him room and play off of him. Williams is not a reliable shooter, so the Buckeyes willingly gave him looks from the perimeter. Williams opted to attempt to attack the basket anyway, and often turned it over when he did. Williams had five of Indiana's 15 turnovers.
Williams has been a big part of Indiana's recent success, but Ohio State may have given other teams a blueprint on how to defend him. To be honest, it's surprising more teams haven't used the same approach before now. Williams is at his best when he's able to get into the lane and make plays for himself or others. But when Ohio State packed the lane against him, he became a non-factor in the game, on both ends. Williams, normally an excellent rebounder, had only two boards in 27 minutes.
It continues to be a nightmare season for Robinson, who was a bright spot for the Hoosiers last year. Robinson forces his own offense almost immediately every time he enters the game, and it rarely ends in anything other than a turnover or missed shot. I've said it so many times before, but Robinson can be a contributor to this team if he focuses on his defense and let's offense come to him off of cutting and ball movement. Instead, he forces his way to the basket, thus killing the team's flow.
Robinson turned it over at the end of the first half and gave up a three-point play on the other end, a two-play stretch that changed the game in a big way. He also airballed a 3-pointer -- he's 3-of-25 from beyond the arc in his Indiana career.