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Keys to the game

Jordan Hulls scored 22 points as Indiana defeated New Mexico State 79-66 in a South region second round NCAA tournament game Thursday.

Christian Watford, Will Sheehey and Cody Zeller each added 14 points for IU. The Hoosiers advance to face VCU on Saturday.

Here are the highlights.

Key number: 10. Indiana limited the Aggies to 10 free throw attempts. Free throws were a key part of New Mexico State's success this season. The Aggies didn't get to the line for the first time until 8:58 remained in the first half.

Outside shooting: The Hoosiers had seven three-pointers. Jordan Hulls led the way, going 4 of 6. IU hit four in the first half to build a 35-28 halftime lead.

Sharp shooting: IU shot 59.3 percent from the floor. The Hoosiers shot 53.8 percent from three-point territory.

Turnovers lead to points: Indiana had 12 steals, six by Cody Zeller. New Mexico State turned the ball over 17 times, 13 in the first half. IU had 24 points off of turnovers, the Aggies had 8.

Up next: Indiana meets VCU for just the second time. The Rams, a No. 12 seed, advanced with a thrilling 62-59 victory against Wichita State. The only prior meeting came in 1988. IU won the game. Saturday's game starts at 7:10 p.m.

Quotable:

"We got a lot of great basketball from a lot of guys. I thought everybody that went into the game continued to adjust to what had to be done. And it was an excellent victory for us, it's one that we can build on."

- IU coach Tom Crean

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