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Eyeing IU

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Keys to the game

Cody Zeller scored 22 points as Indiana defeated Illinois 84-71 Thursday at Assembly Hall.

Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo both added 18 points for the Hoosiers (19-6, 7-6 Big Ten).

Here are the highlights.

Key number: 35. The Hoosiers made 35 free throws. IU went 35 of 42 from the foul line. The 35 free throws made matched a season high. IU is 7-0 when making 25 or more free throws. Illinois went 12 of 15.

Key matchup: Indiana coach Tom Crean credited team defense for an improvement against center Meyers Leonard in the second half. Leonard scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half.

More numbers: Jordan Hulls had 15 points and seven assists. He turned the ball over just twice. … IU is 11-0 this season when Oladipo scores 11 or more points. … IU leads the all-time series 84-83.

Quotable

"I think there's a lot of individual improvements going on with this team. I think you can look at different players and you can find certain aspects. I think the improvement is they're getting mentally tougher."

- Crean

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