Upon Further Review - Ohio State

Joey Shaw came up big for the Hoosiers in Columbus, but it wasn't enough as IU dropped its conference opener to slip to 9-4. What stood out about the Hoosiers' effort? HoosierNation.com has the notes and quotes from the game, along with thoughts on who the game's MVP was and what the highlights and lowlights were from IU's effort...

Game MVP - Joey Shaw. The Hoosiers' redshirt freshman kept the game from getting out of hand early. With A.J. Ratliff injured and Rod Wilmont and Lance Stemler quickly immersed in foul trouble, Coach Kelvin Sampson had no other choice but to turn to Shaw, who'd played only nine minutes in last week's win over Ball State. Shaw responded with a 16-point, 6-of-11 shooting effort that kept IU in the game early and gave them a chance to win late. Shaw scored 10 points in a five-minute first-half stretch that turned a 12-7 deficit into a 20-19 IU lead. He had four of IU's 12 3-pointers, and he didn't shy away from putting the ball on the floor and getting into the lane, where he finished once early on over Buckeye center Greg Oden. Shaw would eventually foul out with three minutes remaining, but he continues to show a diverse offensive game that should lead to more playing time in the future. He still has room for improvement on the defensive end, but his ability and willingness to take and hit big shots in his first Big Ten road game shows he'll be a big part of IU's success this season.

Biggest Surprise… D.J. White didn't shy away from Greg Oden. White didn't have the best of shooting nights - going just 3-of-14 from the floor – but he was able to get position against the Buckeyes' 7-0, 280-pound center and get his shot off. The problem was he just didn't finish those opportunities. White bounced back from a two-point, one-rebound first half to score nine points and pull down seven rebounds in the second half, giving him 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds in the 74-67 loss. White was also able to pick up a couple of fouls on Oden, which forced the Buckeye freshman to the bench a couple of times in the second half with foul trouble. Oden might have finished with a career-high 21 points in this game, but I still think this effort will serve as a confidence boost for White as well. Many thought White would be a non-factor going up against Oden, but that was far from the case..

What I Found Most Impressive… Indiana's freshmen weren't intimidated in their first Big Ten road game. Mike Conley and Greg Oden might have combined for 30 points for OSU, but Shaw and Armon Bassett paired to score 29 points for the Hoosiers, including a combined 7-of-11 from 3-point range. They aren't nearly as celebrated as the Buckeyes' group of frosh (which also includes Daequan Cook and David Lighty), but Bassett and Shaw will be big parts of IU's success the rest of the way. This isn't the first time that duo has come up big on the road – they combined to score 25 of IU's 51 points in the Hoosiers' 54-51 loss at Duke earlier this season.

What I Found Most Concerning… Mike Conley's dribble penetration resulted in way too many easy scoring opportunities for Oden and Othello Hunter. The Buckeye point guard finished with 10 assists and zero turnovers, and the Buckeyes had seven dunks against an Indiana defense that went into the game ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage defense. That helped OSU shoot 50 percent for the game (23-of-46), including 19-of-31 from inside the 3-point arc, and also get to the free throw line 35 times compared to IU's 11 trips to the charity stripe. In Indiana's defense, Conley is as good at beating his man off the dribble and getting into the lane as anyone in the Big Ten, but Earl Calloway, Armon Bassett and the IU guards didn't have much luck slowing him down all night. Once Conley got into the lane, IU's bigs wound up leaving Oden and Hunter open for dunks as they tried to rotate over and keep Conley from getting to the rim.

Turning Point: With Oden on the sidelines with four fouls, D.J. White converted a conventional 3-point play to cut the Buckeyes lead to one, 61-60, with 5:07 remaining. But Conley then penetrated into the lane and scored on a lay-up to push the lead back to three. Earl Calloway and Armon Bassett then committed back-to-back careless turnovers, and compounded their miscues by picking up fouls soon afterwards. D.J. White then lost the ball on his way up on the Hoosiers next possession, giving IU three straight trips down the floor without a good shot. Ohio State capitalized and pushed the lead to seven, 67-60, with 3:11 remaining and IU would get no closer than five the rest of the way.

Quotable: "The Conley kid, when their offense broke down, he's an offense to himself…he has a really high basketball IQ." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"(Oden's) seven feet, but I had good looks. I just didn't knock them down. I need to finish around the rim." – D.J. White.

"Those two freshmen, Cook and Conley, they're no freshmen. They are McDonald's All-Americans, playing a high level of basketball. They're arguably the best at their position in the country. They're not typical freshmen. Our kids are more like freshmen. I thought my two freshmen played really well tonight, too." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"It's not different – we played at Duke and Kentucky. It is a conference game, but still we played at Duke and Kentucky, and now we've played at Ohio State. If you had to play every game on the road like that you probably wouldn't be around very long. But luckily we have eight at home." – Kelvin Sampson.

"Oden is one of those kids…he scored 21, but if he'd scored 11 points, he still has a chance to be the best player on the floor every night…When I see Oden I don't see a great scorer, I just see a great player. Rebound, blocks shots, he does so many things. He's a lot more like Bill Russell than say Shaq or Wilt Chamberlain. He's just a winner. Does all the little things." – Sampson.

"Where not having A.J. hurts us is defensively. Joey has had some good games…but A.J. has been playing really well recently. A.J.'s strength is at the defensive end and making 3s."

Random Thoughts/Notes: A.J. Ratliff's status for Sunday's Michigan State game remains up in the air…Ohio State out-shot IU 35-11 from the free-throw line, marking the first time since the Kentucky game that the Hoosiers have attempted less free throws than their opponents…D.J. White is 16-of-44 from the field in IU's three true road games. He was 10-of-19 in the Hoosiers' loss in Lexington, but 3-of-11 against Duke and 3-of-14 against Ohio State…a 68.5 percent free-throw shooting team on the season, Indiana has shot 78.5 percent from in its last four games from the charity stripe, including Tuesday's 11-of-11 effort…how difficult is it to win on the road? Thus far, only two Big Ten teams have won a true road game – Wisconsin and Michigan. Michigan won at Miami (Ohio), while the Badgers have won at Marquette and at Georgia. Overall, Big Ten teams are 3-18 in road games.

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