The regular season couldn’t have ended much sweeter for Ohio State — when C.J. Jackson sank a 3-point shot with 1 second left Friday night to lead the Buckeyes to an 80-78 victory over Indiana.
Playing at Indiana, the Buckeyes entered their final regular-season game with a 23-7 overall record. A potential share of the Big Ten regular-season championship was at stake, depending on what Michigan State does Sunday against Wisconsin.
Ohio State had the lead for most of the game, but in the final few minutes of regulation, Indiana moved ahead. The Buckeyes tied the score to send the game to overtime, then they needed a second overtime.
Following an Andrew Dakich turnover with the Buckeyes leading 77-76 with 16 seconds left, Indiana called a timeout. After the timeout, the Hoosiers got a layup with 7 seconds left to take a 78-77 lead.
Then, this happened:
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Jackson let one fly from behind the arc despite only needing 2 points for the win, but he delivered.
The Buckeyes are now 15-3 in conference and in second place of the Big Ten standings. The Big Ten Tournament will be held Feb. 28-March 4, and the top 4 seeds in the tournament will receive a double-bye.