NCAA Basketball: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers – Possible Lineups and Predictions

February 13, 2021 6:30 am

NCAA Basketball returns with an exciting clash from the Big Ten Conference. The #4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes host the Indiana Hoosiers at The Schottenstein Center at 12 pm EST today.

The Buckeyes are in excellent form at the moment. They have won their last five games, which includes wins over Iowa and Wisconsin. They boast an excellent 16-4 record currently, which has got them the #3 spot in the Big Ten conference currently. With five games left, they will push for a title charge, but it could be too late.

The Hoosiers also arrive in good spirits after wins against Iowa and Northwestern in their last two games. The Northwestern Wildcats took them to overtime, but the Hoosiers kept their composure to take home the win. They will be eager to win today, to improve their record against ranked opponents, which hasn’t been impressive so far.

NCAA Basketball: Can the Ohio State Buckeyes extend their winning streak?

Ibrahima Diallo (knee) and Jimmy Sotos (shoulder) will stay on the sidelines for the Buckeyes. Sotos was an important player in their rotation. He played 12 games, starting twice, but Diallo just played three games and was a borderline rotational player.

Their lineup will feature Duane Washington Jr as their sole guard, while Justin Ahrens, Justice Sueing, Kyle Young, and E.J. Liddell will start as their forwards.

Jan 16, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Justin Ahrens (10) celebrates after forward Seth Towns (31) gets fouled against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at the State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The Hoosiers also have two absentees for the game. Patrick Stewart arrived as an exciting transfer but hasn’t been able to make his debut yet due to eligibility issues. Joey Brunk has also not featured yet due to a back injury.

Armaan Franklin, Aljami Durham, and Rob Phinisee will start as the guards for the Hoosiers, while Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis will start as the forwards.

Jan 4, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) celebrates after a basket against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Buckeyes form will make them favorites for today’s clash. They have the #4 ranked offense in the country, which could prove too much to deal with for the Hoosiers defense. They will rely on Liddell and Washington to bring in the buckets, but Ahrens shooting could be decisive for the Buckeyes.

Their defense will also have to step up and not let Jackson-Davis get comfortable in the paint. He can change the game with his paint scoring, so the Buckeyes will have to be careful. It will be a closely fought affair, and the Buckeyes should be able to squeeze out the win.


Aaron Mathew

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from St. Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror. He has also volunteered for organisations such as 'AkshayaShakti Welfare Association' and 'Reviving The Rivers'. His favorite player is, and will always remain, Kobe Bryant.

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