Poor shooting once again dooms Buckeyes in 72-64 loss to Indiana

Ohio State and poor shooting. It’s starting to sound like a broken record. It keeps happening all of the time.

Ohio State guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) passes the basketball guarded by Indiana forward Jeff Howard (24) and Indiana forward Austin Etherington in the second half of an NCAA college basketball in Bloomington, Ind. Sunday, March 2, 2014. Indiana won 72-64. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Ohio State guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) passes the basketball guarded by Indiana forward Jeff Howard (24) and Indiana forward Austin Etherington in the second half of an NCAA college basketball in Bloomington, Ind. Sunday, March 2, 2014. Indiana won 72-64. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

In the Buckeyes’ last game against Indiana on Sunday, a 72-64 loss, Ohio State shot just 42.4 percent from the field. To compound matters, OSU failed to make a three-pointer in 11 attempts, and was just 14-23 from the free throw line.

This is college basketball, folks. Hitting only 60.9 percent from the charity stripe is downright pitiful and there’s no excuse for it. Missing nine free throws and losing by eight says it all right there.

Unfortunately, even with seven upperclassmen in the nine-man rotation, the Buckeyes have had an up-and-down year and things seems to be going in the wrong direction as tournament time draws near.

Against the Hoosiers, Ohio State held a 20-12 lead with 7:54 left in the first half. Then Indiana went on a 16-0 run over the next four-plus minutes as the Buckeyes went 0-of-3 from the field with three turnovers and trailed the rest of the game.

After the break, Ohio State trailed by as many as 10 early in the second half, but was able to cut it down to a single point with 9:22 to go following a bucket in the paint by LaQuinton Ross before back-to-back deep jacks from Evan Gordan and Will Sheehey put Indiana up 54-47 a minute later.

The Buckeyes still trailed by seven after a conventional three-point play by Shannon Scott with 1:17 to go, but couldn’t get any closer.

Up next, Ohio State hosts Michigan State in the final game of the regular season, and the final home game for seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET, and it will be televised on your local CBS affiliate.