His head down, his cheeks a fiery red, Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft was asked what it was like to go through a week when you played two of the top three teams in the nation.
''A typical week in the conference,'' Craft said, only half joking.
After losing 76-74 in overtime at third-ranked Michigan on Tuesday night, the 10th-ranked Buckeyes came up short again on Sunday at home in an 81-68 loss to top-ranked Indiana, 81-68.
While the Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) were able to bounce back after collapsing down the stretch in a devastating 74-72, last-second defeat at Illinois on Thursday night, the Buckeyes could not in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten.
Deshaun Thomas, the conference's leading scorer, had 26 points playing 40 minutes. He said the Buckeyes (17-6, 7-4) had the desire but maybe just didn't have enough energy - or maybe were just outplayed.
''Coming off that Michigan loss, we showed heart. We fought really hard,'' he said. ''We knew IU was going to be a good, a tough...