Despite its struggles, Ohio State basketball has something to play for at the end of the season.
It’s nothing nearly as significant as the Buckeyes might want. An at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament is out of the question. The only way the Buckeyes will make the Big Dance is if they win their conference tournament. But with just one senior on the roster, some late-season progress is still something to savor.
If Ohio State (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) beats Indiana (16-14, 6-11) in its regular-season finale, the Buckeyes will avoid playing the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Instead of finishing in the bottom four and needing five straight tournament wins, they’d need four. The Hoosiers have limped to the finish of a disappointing season, so a win certainly is within reach for the Buckeyes.
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Indiana game time, details
Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: Noon ET
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
The line: Ohio State is a 3-point favorite.
Which TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Indiana basketball?
Ohio State vs. Indiana will be televised on ESPN.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Indiana basketball online?
WatchESPN will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Indiana basketball on the radio?
For Ohio State, 97.1 FM in Columbus is the flagship station. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties. Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will be broadcast on Sirius/XM 81 for satellite radio.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Dave Fleming (play-by-play) and Dan Dakich (analysis) will call the game for ESPN.
Ohio State basketball key to the game
This actually works in a couple of ways. Ohio State has won two games in a row, defeating Wisconsin and Penn State. A third would give the Buckeyes their longest conference win streak this season. The Buckeyes would enter the conference tournament on a roll and avoid playing on Wednesday. That advice also applies to the game itself. Ohio State has struggled to play well for the entirety of games. The Buckeyes have had leads dwindle away in the second half. That can’t happen in a game they really need to win.
Indiana basketball key to the game
Get it together
Indiana has gone from a highly ranked team to one without a worthy NCAA Tournament resume, thanks in large part to losing six of its last seven. The only win in that stretch came when the Hoosiers defeated Northwestern by one at home. No matter what has caused that malaise, Indiana needs to find a solution. Hoosiers fans would argue that Tom Crean is the root of the problem, but that won’t be changing until the end of the season at the earliest.