Jan. 27, 2013
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Postgame Notes - Michigan State at Indiana
Jan. 27, 2012
The Hoosiers are 67-48 all-time against the Spartans and the win is the ninth vs. a top 25 opponent for IU in Assembly Hall since Jan. 27, 2011, and the third this season. The Hoosiers have won seven straight against ranked foes at home.
Indiana came out hot, hitting 9-of-10 field goals to start the game. The Hoosiers finished 27-of-53 from the floor (50.9 percent), marking their 11th game of the season shooting better than 50 percent.
The Hoosiers shot 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) in the first half, marking the team's seventh half of the season with better than 60 percent shooting. The team has accomplished the feat twice in Big Ten play (first half vs. Minnesota).
IU had four blocks in the contest, marking the second straight game the Hoosiers have swatted four shots.
The Hoosiers held the Spartans scoreless in the game's final 3:32, after MSU had cut the Indiana lead to one. The stretch saw the Spartans miss on all four of their field goal attempts, and Indiana scored four points to close out the victory.
Indiana held Michigan State without a free throw attempt in the second half.
Junior Victor Oladipo scored a season-high 21 points and added career-highs with six steals and three blocks. He has scored 10 or more in 17 of the last 20 games this season, with two games of 20 or more. Oladipo scored in double figures for the 46th time in his career and 20 for the fourth time.
Oladipo's six steals are tied with Cody Zeller (twice in 2011-12) for the most in a game in the Tom Crean era. The junior had four steals and two blocks in the first half alone. His six steals led to 10 Indiana points in the ball game. Oladipo also added a team-high seven boards and one assist in 30 minutes of action.
Senior Christian Watford scored 12 points and added six rebounds. He now has 1,540 career points, moving himself to within six points of Archie Dees for 14th on IU's all-time scoring list. Watford scored 10-or-more points for the 88th time in his career and 17th time this season, including 10 straight.
Sophomore Cody Zeller scored nine points to go with seven rebounds. He added a block and an assist as well in 33 minutes. He earned six shots from the charity stripe, and finished 5-of-6 on freebies. At 2:13, Zeller registered a block that resulted in a Michigan State turnover. At 1:38, he converted a lay-up and then took a charge :14.3 to help seal the win for IU.
Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell scored 11 points and had three assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Ferrell has scored 10 or more six times this season. He is now nine assists away from becoming the fourth Hoosier freshman to reach 100 assists (Verdell Jones III 100, A.J. Guyton 129, Isiah Thomas 159).
Senior Jordan Hulls scored 10 points and added four assists and a rebound in 31 minutes. Hulls hit three 3-pointers in the game, moving his career total to 222, which is the second-most in IU history. Hulls has had three-or-more trifectas in 10 games this season and has hit multiple threes in all but four games this year. The senior reached double figures for the 64th time in his career and 12th time this season.
Junior Will Sheehey scored eight points and added three rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench.
Freshman Hanner Mosquera-Perea recorded two rebounds in seven minutes.
Sophomore Remy Abell made both of his field goal attempts for four points in six minutes.
Freshman Jeremy Hollowell recorded one steal and an assist in three minutes.