Ohio State hosts a block party

Nothing like a visit from Indiana to heal what ills you. Ohio State had been struggling on the defensive side of the ball, but that was nowhere to be seen last night as the Buckeyes rolled, 77-53 in a 65 possession game. The Buckeyes had seven blocks, and no doubt altered a great many more attempts. IU shot just 41% from 2 point range and 19% from 3 in this one. Dallas Lauderdale led the defense with 4 blocks in just 25 minutes. He didn't score a point, but was nonetheless a big factor in this one. Jon Diebler probably had the best line in this one with 17 points on 11 shots, to go with 5 assists (1 turnover).

Also, I think this game might signal the end of P. J. Hill's run of significant playing time. Despite playing 20 minutes against MSU, Hill saw just 8 minutes in this blowout. Thad Matta will probably just rely on Diebler, Jeremie Simmons, and Evan Turner more until David Lighty is ready to come back. That was a good strategy in this one, as the Buckeyes made it rain, shooting 13-24 on their three pointers.

Indiana was led by a 16/11 dub-dub from Tom Pritchard, on 14 shots. The turnover problems appear to be back for good, as the Hoosiers coughed it up 18 times against a team that doesn't force turnovers all that often. Box score.