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Eyeing IU


Crunching the numbers; IU notebook

Indiana scored 90 points and shot 52.2 percent from the floor. And still lost.

Kentucky defeated the Hoosiers 102-90 in a South Region semifinal Friday.

It's the first time this year Indiana has scored at least 75 points and loss. The Hoosiers were 17-0 when scoring at least 75 points.

"We did a lot of good things, but they're a very talented team," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "As I said many times, I think it's obvious, they're extremely well coached. (Kentucky coach John Calipari) is a great coach. It's one thing to have talent; it's a whole other thing to get them to be as good as they are defensively.

"This game came down to, when we had the ball moving, and offensively, when we could create some movement and get them off team defense, then we had some opportunities. But that's a lot easier said than done. Their defense, as good as they are offensively and as talented as they are, the strength of their team is their defense.

"And we did some good things tonight, but at the same time, that defense is really, really good."

Calipari on IU

Indiana won 27 games this year. The team combined for 28 wins the previous three seasons.

"I'm truly happy for Indiana and Tom Crean," Calipari said.

"… What he's done there, where it came, you think about it. They lost 25 games their first year. He had a lot of people griping. Hey, you've got to build the foundation, and he did it.

"Now you have a team out there with a bunch of guys, he's got a young team, and that's not a veteran team. He's got a young team. And the only thing that's going to happen with Indiana, it's going to get better and better and better."

Of note

This is the 17th time Indiana has shot at least 50 percent from the field. IU finished 15-2 when it shot at least 50 percent. The only other time the Hoosiers lost was when they shot 51 percent at Nebraska. … Jordan Hulls had a career-high nine assists. He did not have any turnovers. … Cody Zeller scored 20 points. This was his seventh 20-point game of the season.