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HoosierIllustrated Live Blog: FINAL: Indiana basketball 71, Ohio State 65



Indiana basketball

Indiana basketball returns to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball for a primetime showdown against Ohio State on Jan. 6. The Hoosiers currently sit at 2-1 in the conference coming off of a 86-70 loss to Nebraska earlier this week.

The Buckeyes (12-2, 2-1) are led by 17.4 points and 4.3 assists per game from sophomore guard Bruce Thornton. Minnesota transfer Jamison Battle and sophomore guard Roddy Gayle Jr. each score 14.9 points per outing. The OSU trio has made 87-of-212 (41.0%) from the 3-point line.

Seventh-year head coach Chris Holtmann enters the game with conference wins over Minnesota and Rutgers at home. The Buckeyes also hold victories over Alabama, UCLA, and West Virginia on neutral courts.

Scouting Notes: Ohio State

Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET on FOX.

Below is the full running live blog.

Indiana Injury Report

Questionable: Xavier Johnson, Malik Reneau

Out: Jakai Newton, Jordan Rayford (season)

Pregame Notes:

Look: Indiana basketball honoring late Bob Knight with special warmups ahead of Ohio State matchup


Indiana Starters:

C- Kel’el Ware

F- Malik Reneau

F- Mackenzie Mgbako

G- Trey Galloway

G- Xavier Johnson

First Half

Indiana wins the tip and we are off. Malik Reneau misses a hook shot.

Indiana gets a defensive stop and Mackenzie Mgbako with a nice drive and dish to Kel’el Ware for the easy slam.

Mgbako rished a shot there but Indiana basketball got a defensive stop and Reneau got an easy transition bucket.

Kel’el Ware picks up his first foul at the 17:10 mark

Mgbako nails his first three attempt. Nice assist from Xavier Johnson there.

Xavier Johnson with a quick drive from the wing. 

Under-16 Media timeout: Indiana basketball 9, OSU 5.

Galloway with the first bucket for Indiana out of the break. Strong baseline drive.

Xavier Johnson finds Ware for the ‘oop. He is still rusty but looking much better than last game.

Under-12 media timeout: Indiana 15, OSU 13.

Kaleb Banks set to check in for Mgbako. Hoosiers on a 2:02 scoring drought.

Gabe Cupps also in for Xavier Johnson and Anthony Walker in for Ware.

Ohio State scores out of the break. They then take the lead off a three from Jamison Battle.

Ohio State up 20-15 now. 10:04 left tin first half.

Anthony Walker goes to the line. He goes 1-2.

Banks with a strong drive for a tough layup. OSU responds with a three.

Xavier Johnson back in for Trey Galloway.

OSU leading scorer Bruce Thornton just picked up his 2nd foul with 8:17 left in the 1st half.

Ohio State leads 25-20 with 8:00 left in the half. 

CJ Gunn in for Cupps.

Gunn just put an Ohio State player on a poster with a fast break slam.

Galloway in for Banks.

Under-4 Media Timeout: OSU, 30, Indiana basketball 25

Trey Galloway steal and fast break slam out of the break.

Malik Reneau picks up his first foul.

Mgbako checks back in for CJ Gunn.

Steal from Galloway leads to an Mgbako slam.

Xavier Johnson knocks down the three and is fouled in the process. Loud ovation from the Indiana fans with that. He made the free throw also.

Indiana timeout with 47.0 left in the half. OSU leads 36-35.

Xavier Johnson hard drive and is fouled. He goes 2-2 at the line.

Gabe Cupps and Anthony Walker in. Kaleb Banks in for Mgbako.

Ohio State calls timeout with 4.8 left in the half.

Foul on Anthony Walker before the inbounds pass.

Trey Galloway picked up his 2nd foul as time expired. Zed Key hit both free throws to close out the half.

At the half: Ohio State 38, Indiana basketball 37

Second half

Ohio State ball to start the half.

Buckeyes score first.

Xavier Johnson picks up his first foul.

Trey Galloway picks up his third foul and OSU gets the bucket. CJ Gunn checks in.

Mike Woodson calls timeout. Ohio State leads by 9 now. Pathetic.

Malik Reneau gets Indiana first points of the half. Another bucket from Reneau.

Johnson with a strong drive get him to the line. He goes 2-2.

Under-16 Media timeout: OSU 46, Indiana basketball 43

Kaleb Banks forces a OSU turnover out of the break.

Malik Reneau three ties it up at 48.

Media timeout at the 11:43 mark: Tied at 48. 

Ohio State scores out of the break.

Reneau gets fouled out of the post up. He goes 2-2 at the line. Tied at 50.

Xavier Johnson corner three gives Indiana the lead. Ohio State follows with a turnover.

Anthony Walker in for Ware.

CJ Gunn hits a tough pull-up jumper to extend the lead to 55-52.

Timeout OSU.

Indiana on 7-0 run right now the last 3:04.

Indiana leads 57-52 with 6:46 left. 

Ohio State scores out of the break.

CJ Gunn big three.

Indiana extends the lead to 62-54.

Ohio State scores to end a big drought for them. Indiana has hit their last 5-of-7.

Reneau scores out of the break. Lead back up to 8.

Indiana lead is up to 66-56. Hoosiers are rolling right now. 3:14 left.

Battle corner three brings the lead down to 7.

Refs may have missed a goaltender on the Anthony Walker layup attempts. Ware checks back in for him.

Xavier Johnson strong drive gets him to the line. He missed the first. He makes the first.

Malik Reneau picks up his third foul and gives up the bucket.

OSU got the rebound from a missed FT and got a bucket. Indiana’s lead is 67-65 now. 1:44 left.

Reneau score out of the break.

Timeout OSU with 1:00 left.

Big stop from Indiana. Xavier Johnson gets the rebound. Mike Woodson calls timeout with 36.2 left. Hoosiers up 69-65.

Mackenzie Mgbako called for a travel.

Turnover OSU with 15.8 left. Indiana up 4.

Foul called on OSU on the inbound from Indiana. Xavier Johnson heads to the line. He makes the first. He missed the first but got his own rebound.

OSU. fouls Johnson. He goes 1-2.

Final: Indiana basketball 71, Ohio State 65.

Hoosiers 3-1 in the Big Ten.

Final Box Score + Extended Stats



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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.