Indiana held VCU to 25 percent shooting in the second half. The Rams scored just 19 points in the final 20 minutes.
"We can guard and the guys were so locked into how we were defending. And we did it even at the end of the game. We went into a 55, which is all switching," IU coach Tom Crean said.
"Would we have done that with Cody (Zeller) in the game a month ago? Probably not. But you say, you know what, you're a great basketball player, go out there and be a great athlete. And he was. When you've got comfort with one another, and they're looking at Cody, and we haven't done a lot of switching with Cody, and Cody is in the game and they're saying 55, there's a lot of belief. You're trusting your teammate to help take care of it.
"Because what happens sometimes in defense, especially end-of-game situations, is you don't want to make a mistake, you get hugged up on your man, you don't call out a screen, you want to do your job. When you're switching and you're playing zone it's a team job. Our guys understood that. And I thought our team defense was tremendous for most of the second half and especially at the end."