Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller pushed Indiana past Temple, 58-52, Sunday in the NCAA East Regional.
DAYTON, Ohio (WDRB) – Indiana walked to the edge of the plank, looked over the edge, leaned forward – and then survived Sunday afternoon.
After trailing for all but two minutes of the second half, the Hoosiers got four points from Victor Oladipo -- one on a free throw, the other on a three-point shot with 14 seconds to play – and survived Temple, 58-52 in the East Regional at the University of Dayton Sunday. They'll play Syracuse Thursday in Washington, D.C.
"Our guys grew up today," IU coach Tom Crean said. "They showed great resolve. That's what playing in the Big Ten will do for you. We were in a situation like this at Michigan two weeks ago. We knew how to handle it."
Oladipo led Indiana with 16 points. Cody Zeller had 15 and Will Sheehey 10.
"That's the thing about our team," Zeller said. "It can be a different guy every night. We've got a lot of guys that can deliver in big moments. That was some moment. We hung in there."
The Hoosiers were in trouble all afternoon. Khalif Wyatt, Temple's leading scorer, reached his average, 20 points, in the first half. Indiana got zero points from its starting guards in the first 20 minutes. Wyatt finished with 31.
"We were supposed to deny him the ball," Crean said. "We gave him too much space and made it too easy for him. That's not how we play defense."
Jordan Hulls collided with a Temple player who made a steal near midcourt and injured his right shoulder. Hulls finished the first half in the locker room. He returned for the second half, wearing a black, protective undershirt beneath his jersey, but he missed his first shot and returned to the bench.
The Hoosiers will face Syracuse Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Orange earned their way to the Verizon Center by defeating California, 66-60, Saturday. Coach Jim Boeheim's team has won five of its last six.
You remember the only loss – 78-61 to Louisville in the Big East Tournament championship game.
The Hoosiers and Orange have a pair of common opponents. Syracuse lost to Temple, 83-79, and defeated Central Connecticut, 96-62. Indiana defeated Central Connecticut, 100-69.
Syracuse leads the all-time series, 3-1. Indiana's win came in the 1987 NCAA championship game in New Orleans on Keith Smart's game-winning shot.