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Notebook: Hoosiers keep Spartans off the line

BLOOMINGTON – Michigan State came into Sunday's showdown with Indiana averaging 14.5 made free throws per game.

The Spartans attempted just six, and made five, in the Hoosiers' 75-70 victory at Assembly Hall.

Michigan State did not attempt a free throw in the second half.

"The fact that we kept them off the foul line was huge because they're an excellent foul-shooting team, especially Gary Harris and Keith Appling," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

The Hoosiers were 13 of 20 from the foul line.

'Super' performance

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he loved the way Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo competes. Oladipo had 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

"I still think top-to-bottom (Indiana is) the best team because of depth," Izzo said. "(Cody) Zeller isn't going to have many games like that (2 of 7 shooting for nine points). I'm impressed with Indiana overall, but Oladipo just plays so hard. He's the Ray Lewis of college basketball."

Stat pack

Indiana has won seen straight against ranked opponents at Assembly Hall … Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is nine assists away from becoming the fourth Hoosier freshman to reach 100 assists. Isiah Thomas, A.J. Guyton and Verdell Jones III have reached the mark. ... Indiana is 18-2 for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

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