Buckeyes beat up on Indiana inside

Although Ohio State has depended on its guards for scoring all year, its frontcourt dominated Indiana on both ends of the floor.

Live by the three, die by the three. Many believe this is the motto the Indiana Hoosiers live by. In reality Indiana is a team that plays its best ball when they can get the ball inside and when they are attacking the basket off of penetration. They play their best when they are working their offense rather than settling for three-pointers every time down the floor.

The Temple game proved the Hoosiers can shoot well from outside and still lose the game. IU shot 13-for-29 (45%) from three-point range against Temple but lost the game because they did not execute the offense and get the ball inside.

Indiana played passively against the Owls and let their big men beat them up inside. The result was several easy opportunities for Temple while Indiana constantly settled for jumpers. The loss to Ohio State was almost a mirror image of that Temple game.

The Hoosiers let Ohio State pound them on the boards. The Buckeyes outrebounded Indiana 41-32, including many offensive rebounds after George Leach and Jeff Newton failed to put a body on their men.

Ohio State's strength all year has been their perimeter game with guards Darby and Connolly leading the way, but it was their inside game that dominated IU throughout the game. The frontcourt of Jenkins, Williams, and Radinovic combined for 43 points and 20 rebounds while Indiana's trio of Hornsby, Newton, and Leach combined for only 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Newton played fairly well scoring 16 points and grabbing 5 rebounds, but he did not assert himself until Indiana was already in a deep hole in the second half. Indiana is a different team when they run their offense through Newton in the post versus him playing out on the perimeter.

Kyle Hornsby had possibly his worst game ever as a Hoosier. He went 0-for 9 from the field including eight missed from behind the arc. On the bright side, he never lost his confidence and continued to take shots. Yet, he seemed to be forcing shots at times that were not open looks.

Indiana shot poorly as a team, particularly from three-point range. They made 9 threes out of 34 attempts, and shot 38 percent for the game overall.

Ohio State used a strategy that could cause serious problems for Indiana: start big lineups. IU just doesn't have the big bodies to match several of their big ten foes. Ohio State started two strong forwards in Jenkins and Williams along with the 7-footer Radinovic. IU struggled against similarly strong forwards Tahj Holden and Ryan Randle of Maryland who had their way with Newton and Leach inside.

Coach Davis played A.J. Moye again as a sub at power forward. Moye is a good defender who gives his all while he is on the floor, but teams know to take advantage of his small size when he is inserted into the lineup. Davis does not seem confident in Sean Kline, but will eventually need Kline to play some big minutes down the stretch.


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