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Notebook: IU rolls against James Madison

DAYTON, Ohio – Indiana did what a No. 1 seed is supposed to do to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Hoosiers blew out James Madison 83-62 Friday in the second round of the East Regional in University of Dayton Arena.

IU (28-6) will play No. 9 seed Temple (24-9), a 76-72 winner of No. 8 seed North Carolina State, in the third round Sunday.

"It's good for us," IU guard Victor Oladipo said of Friday's win. "It was a great team win. It was good to get out there to play together, have fun playing together and play Indiana basketball. We just got to continue to keep doing that."

Indiana freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell got things going by scoring the game's first nine points.

Ferrell's first six points came on layups then he hit a three-pointer with 16:42 to play in the first half.

Ferrell then added an assist on a Cody Zeller dunk, hit a three-pointer followed by a layup before assisting on another Zeller dunk to give the Hoosiers an 18-5 lead with 14 minutes to play in the first half. IU took a 43-22 lead into halftime and the lead never dropped below 19 points in the second half.

The 6-foot guard finished with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting after going 6 for 6 in the first half, and he had eight rebounds and six assists against the Dukes (21-15).

"He made a lot of guys collapse on him from the beginning," IU forward Christian Watford said. "It gave us a lot of energy coming into the game when Yogi got started like that. He came in and gave us some energy, got to the basket and made a lot of things open up for us."

Balanced scoring

While Ferrell's performance in his first NCAA tournament game got most the attention, Indiana did one of the things it does best on offense – spread the wealth.

The Hoosiers had five players score in double digits with Will Sheehey scoring 15, Zeller and Oladipo each scoring 11 and Jordan Hulls adding 10. Watford also added nine points, and Remy Abell came off the bench to score seven.

"To have six guys have 9 or more, to have Remy with 7, to be able to play as many people as we did was a big deal today," IU coach Tom Crean said.

Record book

Oladipo recorded one steal in Friday's victory over James Madison.

That was enough to push him past former Indiana great and basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas in the Hoosiers' record book for steals in the season.

Oladipo has 75 steals this season. Thomas has 74 in the 1980-81 season.

"That's an honor," Oladipo said. "To be put in the sentence with a great player, not only in Indiana history but basketball period, it is an amazing feeling and humbling experience.

"Credit to my teammates for setting the tone defensively as well, defending their man. A lot of my steals come from them playing great D, and their man not being able to pass to their teammate. It's a blessing, I just got to keep building off that."

Oladipo was surprised to hear that he broke Thomas' record.

"I didn't know that was a stat," Oladipo said. "I was just going out there playing defense. I'm going to have a lot of big assignments throughout this whole tournament if we are going to go far. It is going to be my job to slow people down."

The numbers

  • Indiana's win Friday over James Madison was the second time the two programs have played. The Hoosiers defeated the Dukes 84-52 in 1987.
  • Watford became the only active player in the Big Ten to score 1,700 points in his career.
  • Indiana recorded its 10th win as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Hoosiers have only been a No. 1 seed three times (1987, 1993 and this year).
  • The Hoosiers scored more than 80 points for the 19th time this season.
  • Hulls matched Randy Wittman's and Jeff Newton's record for most games played with the Hoosiers at 133 in the win the Dukes.
  • James Madison's Andre Nation scored 24 points before fouling out with 1:28 to play Friday. Charles Cooks scored 18 for the Dukes.

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Indiana players didn't have a full scouting report on their third-round opponent, Temple, but they did know a little about the Owls.

"They are a very good team," Hulls said. "They are playing with very good confidence. They have a great scorer. We will just have to dive into the film."

Temple is in its sixth straight NCAA tournament and have won eight of its last nine games.

The Owls are lead by Atlantic 10 player of the year Khalif Wyatt, who led the conference in scoring with 19.8 points per game and also averaged 4.1 assists.

Temple's only other player to average double figures in scoring is Scootie Randall, who averages 11.6 points.

"(Temple coach) Fran Dunphy is a phenomenal coach, and it starts with him," Crean said. "I mean, he has been a great basketball coach for a long period of time, and they play in a highly respected league, a tough league, a league that it's got a little bit of everything. They're going to deal with pressure. They're going to deal with zones. They're going to deal with tempo, all those types of things. What they do is he really utilizes in my mind … I don't know any of his players, but he takes these tough, athletic guys, gets them to really move the basketball. They know what they want early in the clock. They know what they want late in the clock.

"Wyatt is a tremendous player, but he's far from being a one‑man team. He does so many different things. They do so many different things to get shots. So they're going to be an extremely difficult matchup. … That's a serious team. That's a team not to be taken lightly."

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