IU sixth man Will Sheehey came into this game having not made a three-point shot in three games. By the time he knocked one down this afternoon, he had missed 10 straight over the past 11 days.
His five points were the only ones produced by the Indiana bench, keeping the second string of Hoosiers firmly in the spotlight as a primary concern.
Ohio State's 9-0 run to take a first-half lead was partially accomplished with Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and Victor Oladipo all on the bench, leaving the IU offense with no true creators. Players like Sheehey, Derek Elston and Jeremy Hollowell provide tremendous hustle when they enter the game, but none should be counted on as the primary scoring option at any time.
To his credit, Sheehey was quiet against Ohio State, forgoing any displays that would pick up an unnecessary technical foul like the one that came back to haunt him against Illinois. His frequent antics may, however, affect how he's treated as it pertains to personal fouls going forward.
Coach Crean will need to carefully weigh his substitution patterns as the games get more important. The Hoosiers may not be able to afford extended spans in March with Zeller, Oladipo and Ferrell out of the game.