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Eyeing IU


For starters, plus a prediction

Indiana and Virginia Commonwealth meet with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

The challenge for IU will be VCU's press. The Rams are great at pressure defense. Coach Shaka Smart said Friday they are even better defensively this season than last when they reached the Final Four.

Even when the Hoosiers break the initial wave, it will be crucial not to rush shots. Wichita State fell into that trap Thursday, which led to some poor shot selection.

Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo and Remy Abell will be focal points for handling the ball, but IU coach Tom Crean said everyone will have to play a role in avoiding turnovers.

VCU players and coaches talked about trying to contain Cody Zeller. He could be a difference maker.

I think IU will have just enough to outlast the Rams in a close contest.