There might have only been one Big Ten game on Friday night, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Ohio State traveled to face Indiana and the game ended up finishing in double overtime. It was a back-and-forth affair that kept viewers engaged all night.
Let’s take a look at how that game played out.
Game of the Night:
-Ohio State Buckeyes 80, Indiana Hoosiers 78 (2OT)
It was senior night for Indiana and Hoosier fans were hoping the team could get a breakthrough win for Archie Miller to finish off his first year of regular season play. The crowd was engaged and propelled the team to quite the matchup.
Early on, Ohio State took an advantage, but as the first half continued, Indiana was able to close things up. At halftime, Indiana and Ohio State were tied at 33-33 in a sign of what was to come later on in the night.
Things continued to be close from there, with the teams fighting on each possession. Ultimately, an Ohio State turnover pushed things into overtime. But things didn’t separate from there, as Kaleb Wesson went to work for the Buckeyes and Robert Johnson continued to make plays for the Hoosiers to push things into double overtime.
Ultimately, a few missed opportunities for the Hoosiers gave Ohio State the advantage in double overtime. The final score was 80-78 and the collective blood pressure of Buckeye and Hoosier fans finally started to come down.
Keita Bates-Diop finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Indiana got its own impressive performances from Juwan Morgan and Robert Johnson. The two both finished with at least 17 points apiece.
This win keeps Ohio State in the Big Ten regular season title conversation moving into this weekend. Should Michigan State lose to Wisconsin on Sunday, Ohio State will earn a share of the regular season conference title. Otherwise, the Buckeyes will be the two seed heading into New York City.
On the other side, Hoosier fans are certainly disappointed in how things finished on Friday night. Nonetheless, it was a solid performance by the underdogs. Fans will now hope for a magical run in Madison Square Garden.