COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State not only dropped two full games behind the pace in the Big Ten Conference race with Sunday’s loss to Indiana, but the Buckeyes also saw their national-best streak of avoiding consecutive losses come to an end.
The streak spanned four seasons and 121 games. Not since Dec. 31, 2009 at Wisconsin and Jan. 3, 2010 at Michigan had Ohio State lost back-to-back games.
And those losses came while Evan Turner was sidelined with a back injury.
Ohio State’s stay with the nation’s longest streak of avoiding consecutive losses didn’t last long. The Buckeyes took it just last week when Kansas dropped back-to-back games. It’s still a streak, though, of which the Buckeyes should be — and are — very proud. This program has come a long, long way under Thad Matta is unquestionably one of the nation’s best.
After Ohio State played maybe its best game of the season last Tuesday but still lost at Michigan, the Buckeyes basically got out-classed by a hot-shooting Indiana team Sunday. Despite being upset three nights earlier at Illinois, the No. 1 Hoosiers looked the part of a No. 1 in dismantling the Buckeyes over the final 30 minutes and winning. 81-68.
Indiana is 21-3, 9-2. Ohio State is 17-6, 7-4.
Ohio State at No. 10 seems just about right. The Buckeyes are dangerous, battle-tested and very good defensively, but they’re getting little to no post scoring and still searching for a complement to Deshaun Thomas. With Aaron Craft and Thomas, the Buckeyes are good enough to stay in a game with just about anybody.
With Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and a team full of guys who share the ball and like to play fast, the Hoosiers are capable of being the team everybody will be chasing from here on out.