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Notebook: IU wins but Oladipo suffers injury

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana's second blowout victory over rival Purdue this season was tempered by an injury that could keep one of the Hoosiers' best players on the sidelines.

Indiana guard Victor Oladipo injured his left ankle late in the first half of the Hoosiers' 83-55 home win over the Boilermakers on Saturday. No. 1 IU (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) already defeated Purdue (12-14, 5-8) 97-60 Jan. 30 at Mackey Arena.

Oladipo's injury occurred with 46.7 seconds remaining in the first half, and the junior didn't play in the second half.

Coach Tom Crean said Oladipo's status for Tuesday's game at Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten lead with Indiana going into the weekend and played at Nebraska on Saturday night.

"I would say right now, I would go between precautionary and day to day in the sense of just wait and see," Crean said of Oladipo. "He did some things in the back, and I just don't think any of us were comfortable enough to say, 'Let's go to it.'

"He sprained his ankle, which you saw there. He wanted to go back in, but we just weren't going to do that at that point. … I hope that he is going to be OK. He thinks he's going to be OK. It's going to be a lot of time spent in this building, getting it back to where it needs to be. Wishful thinking will be that he'll play, but we got to wait and see how the next 24 or 36 hours or so turnout."

Record shooting

Oladipo's absence opened the door for Indiana junior forward Will Sheehey to set a new school shooting record.

Sheehey went 9 for 9 from the field against the Boilermakers. That performance without a miss was one better than the previous mark at the program. Four IU players had gone 8 for 8 in a game.

Sheehey also finished with a career-high 22 points with 16 of those points coming in the second half when he stepped in for Oladipo.

"I had no idea he had scored that many points," Crean said. "Usually, I am somewhat tuned into that during the game. I usually have a fairly decent pulse of it, but today, I didn't. He was just so active."

Sheehey was asked if his shooting games with Oladipo and Jordan Hulls helped him with his performance.

"I win them all," Sheehey responded with a smile about the games. "We always play and everyone thinks Jordan is the better shooter, but realistically, I win them all."

Holding down Hammons

Purdue freshman center A.J. Hammons had 30 points last time Indiana played the Boilermakers.

On Saturday, the 7-footer was held to six points with the Hoosiers' Christian Watford drawing most of the defensive duties on Hammons.

"Christian really rose to the challenge," Crean said. "He can guard anybody. I'm glad that people are seeing that. He's got a toughness to him. … He can really, really defend. That's big. That's really huge."

Hammons went 3-for-10 shooting and had three rebounds.

"We tried to limit his touches, and not let him get deep postups," Watford said. "My teammates did a great job of coming over and helping me if he did have me kind of buried in the post."

The numbers

  • Crean evened his record as IU's head coach to 78-78 with the win
  • The Hoosiers are 20 games over .500 for the first time since they were 22-2 on Feb. 14, 1993
  • Indiana scored 18 points in transition against Purdue. That is the most transition points IU has scored in a Big Ten game this season
  • IU outscored Purdue 40-28 in the paint, scored 25 points off 15 Boilermaker turnovers and outrebounded the Boilers 39-30
  • Cody Zeller had 19 points and nine rebounds, Watford had 14 points and four rebounds and Jordan Hulls had 11 points and five assists

Opponent's view

"They've been good, they have better players than they've had in the past that helps. The thing that is better this year is that they're a better defensive team. They weren't a good defensive team before, that do different things, and they mix defenses. A lot of times when you mix defenses you never get good at one thing. I think he's been really smart in sticking with his man-to-man. … Across the board, they are just a better defensive team, and you could argue that they're the best offensive team in the country, it's a pretty good mix."

– Purdue coach Matt Painter

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