College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, January 15, 2012
Maybe it was the home court advantage, or better preparedness, but whatever the case, Ohio State avenged an earlier, 74-70, loss to Indiana by thumping the Hoosiers, 80-63, dropping #7th-ranked Indiana to 3-3 in the wide-open Big Ten.
The Buckeyes got a career high 27 points from unheralded sophomore guard, Lenzelle Smith Jr., who more than tripled his scoring average, hitting 10 of 12 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. Smith also pulled down seven rebounds as the #5 Buckeyes rolled to the convincing win, and are now 15-3 on the season and 4-2 in the conference, in third place, behind co-leaders Illinois and Michigan State, at 4-1.
Ohio State left little doubt about the outcome of this rematch, taking an early lead and outscoring the Hoosiers, 35-14, in the first half. The Buckeyes shot 54% for the game and forced 18 Indiana turnovers.