The Big Ten has four teams in the Sweet 16 (so far), but Dayton has made two of the league’s best sweat.
A couple hours after Ohio State’s Aaron Craft hit his game-winning three-pointer against Iowa State, Indiana got its own three-point dagger from Victor Oladipo in a 58-52 win to advance the Hoosiers to their second consecutive regional semifinal.
If Indiana continues to advance, Hoosiers fans will have good reason to remember this game:
♦ Indiana scored the final 10 points of the game and held Temple scoreless starting with a Christian Watford block of Anthony Lee. After the block, Temple miss four consecutive three-pointers; the final three didn’t even hit the rim.
♦ Oladipo spent most of the second half guarding Temple’s Khalif Wyatt with mixed results as Wyatt scored 31 points. Oladipo, however, drew a foul on Wyatt to send Indiana’s guard to free throw line late. Oladipo made one of his two shots for a 53-52 lead.
♦ Indiana, one of the nation’s best offensive teams all season, won its first game in which it failed to score 60 points, a gritty effort for a team that lost to Wisconsin twice and Ohio State while scoring in the 50s.
♦ Jordan Hulls fought through a shoulder injury, and even if he wasn’t terribly effective (five points in 19 minutes), Indiana was much better with him on the court.
Ending the season in the Sweet 16 (against Syracuse) won't be enough for this Indiana team, but the Hoosiers have made a notable return to the postseason spotlight by reaching the regional semifinal in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1993-94 under Bob Knight.