Big Ten Tournament, Second Round: #8 Ohio State 79, #9 Indiana 75 (Final)

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    OHIO STATE (18-13) VS INDIANA (17-14), 3/14/19, 12:30PM, BTN

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    Chris Holtmann
    + Indiana is playing really, really well and have had moments for large sections of the season where they have been very good.

    + “Morgan has played like a man possessed. He’s played like a senior who was an all-league performer.”


    + Smith, Green, and Langford have all played well. Romeo Langford is an exceptional talent. Phinisee has given them great play at the point much of the time.

    + Kaleb Wesson is back.

    + The last time they played Indiana, he was very impressed with their ability to be active defensively in the half court. “They’re really connected defensively.”

    + It’s good to have Kaleb Wesson back. He did some good things at Indiana the last time, but they will need more out of him this time.

    + Holtmann jokingly said he’s keeping Kaleb Wesson off of caffeine for the time being because he can be an emotional player. He wants Kaleb to be Kaleb and won’t hold him back. He needs to find a way to impact the game on both ends. It’s important to not have a false sense that everything is fine now that Kaleb is back. “We’ve got to play well.”

    + He thinks guys maybe tried to do too much without Kaleb, but they weren’t a great offensive team with him on the court either. The three losses were also a product of playing three good defenses.

    + Holtmann kept Wesson with the team so that his return would be more seamless. He worked on the scout team and has been doing a workout in the morning, then practice, then some post-practice conditioning. They have scaled back on that now with a game on Thursday. There’s no way to replicate game speed, so Holtmann thinks wind may be a concern. He will have to play through some fatigue as well.

    + If players are ever angry at a teammate for getting suspended, you talk it out. Those conversations need to be honest and real. Holtmann’s expectation is that that has happened with this latest suspension.

    + Regarding a win-or-go-home situation, they are only focused on doing their best to play Indiana and to be at their best. They are focused on small segments and not looking at a grand scale of what this game means. The unspoken is always there, however.

    + These situations can be stressful for kids, so you try to minimize it and make sure they know it’s a game and they have made a choice to be here. But they also need to understand that part of the fun is working through this stuff together and getting rewarded for it. This team has probably been pressing a bit, “and that happens when you struggle.”

    + Everybody gets what this game means for the NCAA Tournament, but his job is to get the team to be prepared for this one game. “The other stuff, honestly, we don’t have a lot of long-standing conversations about it because I think it’s just a distraction.”

    + Twice in the last couple of years against Indiana the games could have been decided by a flip of the coin. He doesn’t know why the games have been so close.

    + Holtmann hopes there is some positive carryover from the Wisconsin ending. It would have been hard to lose three-consecutive games by double figures.

    + They have continued to do skill work with Luther Muhammad. He’s pressed at times this season.

    + They will watch and see how well Kaleb does on offense early to monitor his integration into the offense. He will also be needed on defense, so his conditioning will be watched as well.
     
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