The No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers are on the road against the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers have won their last six games with their last loss occurring at home against these Buckeyes, 78-70. February has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are just 3-4 on the month.
The Hoosiers are led by three players in double-figure scoring this season: Mackenzie Holmes with 17.6 points, Grace Berger with 14.7 points, and Ali Patberg with 13.6 points. Holmes also contributes 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per contest. Berger leads the team with 5.3 assists and is second in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds. Patberg has reached double figures in scoring in every game over the Hoosiers’ current win streak after struggling in the loss against the Buckeyes.
Four of the five expected starters for Ohio State are in double-figure scoring this season, led by sophomore guard Jacy Sheldon with 17.1 points. Forward Dorka Juhász is second with 15.3 points and contributes 11.2 rebounds per game as well. The junior scored 19 points and recorded 12 rebounds in the first meeting between the teams. Juhász’ frontcourt partner, Aaliyah Patty, is contributing 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds this season and at 6-foot-3 is a rim defender. Guard Braxtin Miller, who scored 25 points in the first meeting, is scoring 10.4 points this season.
Ohio State’s defense was the difference the last time it faced Indiana. After allowing the Hoosiers to shot 57 percent in the first quarter, the Buckeyes held them to 35 percent over the next three quarters. Additionally, Indiana was just 1-of-14 on 3-point attempts.
Here’s what to expect from the matchup and how to watch:
No. 11 Indiana Hoosiers (15-4, 13-2 Big Ten) vs. No. 15 Ohio State (13-5, 9-5 Big Ten)
When: Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Covelli Center in Columbus, OH
What to watch: True freshman Kateri Poole has started the last three games for Ohio State and has averaged nearly seven assists over those games. Both teams have a dynamic post threat to deal with and controlling the boards will be important. Ohio State shot 33 free throws against just 24 for Indiana in their last meeting.