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January 16, 2012

Will the Hoosiers listen to Crean's admonition?

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LOOGOOTEE —

There was no doubt about either on Sunday as Ohio State took command early and was never threatened.

"That's what makes them so good," Zeller said. "They've got Buford outside and Smith. Smith got hot tonight. They have so many weapons, it makes them tough to beat."

The Hoosiers struggled in the opening half, mustering just 14 points on 6 of 22 shooting (27 percent) from the field. They seldom got the ball inside, and seldom made an outside shot while digging a 35-14 hole.

Part of that was Ohio State's harassing defense. But Indiana also played haphazardly at times, finishing with 17 turnovers.

"We just didn't execute the way we need to," Hulls said. "They definitely wanted to get up into us and keep us from executing our offense. We've got to play tougher than that."

The Hoosiers needed to play a near perfect game to win. They weren't even close, Crean said.

"You're not going to beat a team that is as talented as they are if you don't respond," he said. "We were not as good as we needed to be defensively and once they got up, we got a little bit of that deer-in-the-headlights look especially on the offensive end."

He added that if the Buckeyes are able to get outside shooting out of Smith and Buford, blended with the inside muscle of the 6-foot-9 Sullinger, a lot of teams will be unhappy after games.

"They do that (shoot well outside) and they win the national championship," Crean said.

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