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5 keys to Indiana's loss to Ohio State

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Buckeyes slow Hoosiers, literally

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:26 am

Indiana lost a chance to clinch its first outright Big Ten title since 1993 with its 67-58 loss Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

Here are some of the keys to the defeat:

1. Second-half turnovers

IU committed seven in the final 20 minutes and 12 for the game. Ohio State converted those into 16 points.

2. Fast break points

IU is known for its transition offense, but had no fast-break points in the first half and just two for the game. Ohio State had 14.

3. Lack of senior production

Seniors Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston combined for 20 points and eight rebounds. That was five points and 1.5 rebounds below their season averages.

4. Making shots

IU shot just 33.3 percent in the first half. The result was a 28-25 deficit and its fewest halftime points of the season. It picked up the pace with 47.8 percent in the second half, but still finished at 39.6 percent.

5. Crunch time production

Ohio State (12-5 in the Big Ten) ended the game on a 17-6 run to earn a season split with the Hoosiers (13-4) and keep its Big Ten title hopes alive.