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Man, how good has Victor Oladipo become? That was some sequence, a personal 5-0 run to answer some tough Ohio State battling early in the half. The 3-pointer was so poorly set up that I figured there was no chance of it going in, but he nailed it. 19 points now for the junior guard, who is closing in on offensively unstoppable today. He's also got five boards, and just one foul.
15:16 left in the half, IU up 48-39.
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Oladipo and Zeller have the last 19 points for IU
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Huge 3 by Sheehey.... which prompts the stat its his first 3 in 3 games
Thats the thing I love about Victor, even though he is shooting the 3 really well he hasnt fallen in love with it.
He's got good form on the shot too. Much better in that regard nowadays.
That was not a pretty offensive possession. Simpler said than done, but Indiana's got to hold onto momentum here.
Under-12 timeout finds Indiana in control, albeit somewhat tentatively, up 13 with 10:43 left in the game. Victor Oladipo is two points from his career high of 23, and Cody Zeller has added four points quick in the half as well. Hoosiers are locking up the secondary options offensively, and Oladipo is also doing a good job on Thomas.
That said, Indiana has been here before, quite recently. Have to stay in control and close.
57-44 Hoosiers, 10:43 left.
Big sequence from IU: Zeller hits a hook, then Watford a 3-pointer. OSU down 16, wondering if they have the horses for this course. Thomas isn't getting anything cheap at the moment, and now the Buckeyes have a big hole to dig out of. Not over yet, as Indiana needs to prove it can close on the road in a building like this one.
62-46 Hoosiers, 9:24.
So about the closing problems ... Indiana gives up two baskets to Ohio State and gets sloppy and lackadaisical itself. We're at the under-8 timeout and IU's up 12, but it feels like a rather precarious 12, considering the events of Thursday night.
Zeller could have had a big transition bucket but Craft slapped it away out of bounds. Hoosiers need a basket on this possession, as the Schott has sprung back to life.
62-50 Hoosiers, 7:40 left.
5:13 left, IU up 13. Just thought I'd note that here for future reference.
You guy's are scary good!!! Congrats!
Big three from Craft cuts it to 11. Hoosiers are handling time and score much better tonight, and they're getting better shots (mostly, anyway) down the stretch. But this isn't closed out yet.
69-58 IU, 3:26 left.
Craft just picked up his fourth, so he and Amir Williams are each sitting on four. Big possession here. Indiana can push its lead and take the clock to 2 1/2 minutes with a good 35 seconds. Again I'll beat the dead horse — Hoosiers just need to finish away from home.
2:59 left in the game, 69-58 Indiana.
That foul was huge. Used 27 seconds and will get a fresh 35. OSU can't afford to go a full minute without the ball right now
And IU got two out of it. But Craft four quick, too-easy points. Not over yet.
That was the right call on the Craft illegal screen. Happened right in front of me. He'd gotten away with it a couple of times already today.
Now Ravenel is done. Smattering of applause around the arena, presumably from anticipating IU fans. Zeller misses the first free throw. Hoosiers not out of the woods yet.
Oladipo hits two free throws. He's at a career high 25 now.
Watford slams the ball after getting hit in the eye. No tech, but he hits both.
Hoosiers ice it at 81-68. Boos rain down, though I'm not quite sure why. Oladipo finishes with a career-high 26 and Indiana looks awfully good taking down a Top 10 team on the road in conference play for the first time since 1993 (who knew, huh?).
Hoosiers back into a tie for first in the Big Ten, and up to 9-2 in conference. More coming, obviously. Hoosiers win by 13.
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