Ohio State Buckeyes Preview
The Ohio State Buckeyes, who were No. 2 in the Associated Press poll a couple weeks ago, are searching for their offense after a three-game losing streak in which they failed to reach 60 points in any contest. During the skid, there have been too many turnovers (50 total against West Virginia, Wisconsin and Maryland), poor 3-point marksmanship (26.8 percent, 19 of 71) and not enough help off the bench (24 points).
Kaleb Wesson continues to lead the team in scoring (14.7 points per game) and rebounding (9.3 boards per game). Coach Chris Holtmann inserted freshman guard D.J. Carton into the starting lineup against Maryland on Tuesday as a potential spark. Carton responded with 14 points.
Indiana Hoosiers Preview
The Indiana Hoosiers had to rally from a 10-point, second-half deficit on Wednesday night to squeeze past Northwestern 66-62, but they did manage to snap a two-game slide and run their home record to 10-1. Indiana, which had an impressive 16-point win over Florida State in Bloomington on Dec. 3, is led by its frontcourt.
Junior Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, while junior Joey Brunk, a grad transfer from Butler, is getting more comfortable, posting double-figure rebounding totals in each of the past four games. Guard play and shooting remain works in progress, with the Hoosiers connecting on just 30.2 percent from 3-point range.