Indiana basketball: Jalen Hood-Schifino is HIM & more takeaways in win vs. OSU

Indiana Hoosiers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Hoosiers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Indiana basketball pulled away from Ohio State at the end of the first half and never looked back in an 86-70 win over the Buckeyes in Assembly Hall.

Despite trailing by as much as seven points in the first half after a pretty solid start from Ohio State in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers responded in a huge way with a 15-0 run over the last five minutes of the half and extended their lead to 16 points before the first half buzzer.

Though the Hoosiers and Buckeyes were tied 40-40 in the second half, the first-half surge by Jalen Hood-Schifino and Indiana was enough to keep them rolling to their fifth straight win and fourth double-digit win in their last five games.

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Here are my six takeaways from the Hoosiers’ dominant 86-70 win over the Buckeyes on Saturday night :

Six takeaways from Indiana basketball 86-70 win vs. Ohio State:

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Malik Reneau #5 of the Indiana Hoosiers. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

#6. Indiana basketball is fun again

I honestly cannot recall the last time the Hoosiers and Hoosier Nation had as much fun as we’ve seen from Indiana basketball over the last five games.

Aside from the game against Minnesota at The Barn on January 25th, the Hoosiers have won four games against some of the best teams in the Big Ten by double digits. Including a road win in Champaign against Illinois, and home wins against No. 18 Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

During this five-game winning streak, the Hoosiers have outscored opponents on average 74.4 to 61.2 and have yet to allow any of those teams to exceed 70 points in a game, while the Hoosiers have scored 80+ in three of those five games.

Furthermore, Indiana is shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. Adding to that, the Hoosiers are averaging just 10.6 turnovers per game during this stretch after averaging 13.7 turnovers during their three-game losing streak to begin 2023.