The Ohio State Buckeyes and Indiana Hoosiers are set to play a nail-biting second round game in the Big Ten Tournament tonight. By all accounts, the loser of the game is all but guaranteed to be on the outside looking in come Selection Sunday.
Ohio State started the season 12-1, but when the new year came along, the team quickly fell flat in Big Ten matchups. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 18-13 overall with a 8-12 record in the conference, and received the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament.
Indiana has been arguably the most frustrating team to figure out in all of college basketball. After starting the season 12-2, the Hoosiers lost 12 of their next 13, but shocked the country by beating the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans twice. They finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak with a 17-14 overall record and the No. 9 seed in the tournament.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Ohio State-Indiana game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Ohio State has a very narrow edge in this game. The computer model gives the Buckeyes a 50.1 percent chance to win this Big Ten Tournament game.
Ohio State and Indiana are about as evenly matched as any two teams in the tournament, but also have the potential to cause headaches for top-seeded Michigan State in the quarter-finals.
You can bet that Spartans coach Tom Izzo and his players will be glued to this game.
The game will be played at 12:30 p.m. EST on BTN.