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Hoosiers rally, knock off No. 2

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, who scored the go-ahead basket, times his shot against the defense of  Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. The Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky three weeks ago.

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Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, who scored the go-ahead basket, times his shot against the defense of Ohio State’s Sam Thompson. The Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky three weeks ago.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana did it again. Three weeks after upsetting No. 1 Kentucky, the Hoosiers took down No. 2 Ohio State.

Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket with 36 seconds left Saturday and Jordan Hulls finished with 17 points, giving the No. 13 Hoosiers a 74-70 victory — the school's first sweep of the nation's top two teams.

"They've been punking us the past couple years and we realized that," Oladipo said. "This year we had to go toe-to-toe with them."

The Hoosiers (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) didn't back down.

Indiana became the ninth team since 1996-97 to beat No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season and joined Kansas in 2007-08 and Louisville in 2003-04 as the only teams over that span to achieve the feat in the same month.

Saturday, the Hoosiers needed Oladipo's layup, three free throws from Hulls and Watford, a rebound from Watford and a steal from Oladipo in the final 36 seconds.

"They (the players) just kept giving us (coaches) confidence," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "They came to every timeout, they were totally locked in and at the 7:38 mark, you could just see it in their eyes they were so locked in. They matched the Ohio State toughness and energy."

Ohio State (13-2, 1-1) was led by Aaron Craft with 16 points and Jared Sullinger with 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Buckeyes squandered an early 19-9 lead, watching the Hoosiers close the half by converting back-to-back turnovers into easy baskets. That gave Indiana a 33-32 lead.

It was the same story in the second half.

Ohio State looked as if it might pull away after taking a 44-41 lead with 15:33 left, but the continual foul problems allowed Indiana to hang around.

"It came down to us not being able to get a stop," Craft said. "Give them credit, they just kept coming back and coming back and knocking down big shot after big shot."

No. 3 UK 69, No. 4 L'ville 62: Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had season highs with 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead the host Wildcats in a game that had with 52 fouls. Russ Smith had a career-high 30 points for the Cardinals (12-2).

No. 9 UConn 83, St. John's 69: Shabazz Napier had 17 points and nine assists as the host Huskies (12-1, 2-0 Big East) won a game coached by assistants for both teams. UConn coach Jim Calhoun was serving the second of a three-game suspension for NCAA violations, while Steve Lavin continues to recover from prostate cancer surgery in October.

Iowa 72, No. 11 Wis. 65: Freshman reserve Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 in the second half and the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) stunned the host Badgers (12-3, 1-1). Wisconsin had its second-worst shooting game of the season (34.8 percent) on the same day its top-ranked defense allowed a season high for points.

No. 12 G'town 49, Providence 40: The Hoyas (12-1, 2-0 Big East) blew a 14-point lead and shot a season-low 30 percent in a win over the visiting Friars. Georgetown won its 10th straight despite making only eight field goals in the second half.

No. 15 Miss. St. 66, Utah St. 64: Rodney Hood scored 16, Arnett Moultrie added 15 and the host Bulldogs (13-2) escaped with a victory over the Aggies. Mississippi State needed a defensive stop on its final possession.

No. 16 Mich. St. 68, Neb. 55: Draymond Green scored 19 and Keith Appling had eight of his 14 in the last seven minutes for the visiting Spartans (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten). The Cornhuskers made just one field goal during the final 6:48.

No. 17 Kansas 84, North Dakota 58: Thomas Robinson posted career bests with 30 points and 21 rebounds, helping the host Jayhawks (10-3) overcome a sluggish start. Robinson was 10 of 14 from the field and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line.

No. 19 UNLV 74, Hawaii 69: Anthony Marshall scored 19 and grabbed 13 rebounds as the visiting Rebels (15-2) overcame a slow start in the first half.

No. 21 Creighton 68, Wichita St. 61: Antoine Young scored 19 and the Bluejays (11-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley) held the host Shockers to 22 points in the second half and pulled away.

No. 24 Harvard 74, Saint Joseph's 69: Kyle Casey scored 7 of his 26 in the closing 4:25 as the host Crimson (12-1) completed a comeback. Harvard trailed by 11 with just more than 10 minutes to play.

Women

No. 4 Stanford 77, UCLA 50: Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike posted double doubles for the second straight game to lead the visiting Cardinal (11-1, 2-0). Stanford led by 25 midway through the second half.

No. 18 Green Bay 76, Loyola 49: Julie Wojta scored 15 in 25 minutes and Adrian Ritchie had nine points and eight rebounds as the host Phoenix (12-0, 2-0 Horizon League) held the Ramblers to 37.5 percent shooting and forced 34 turnovers.

No. 21 DePaul 65, No. Illinois 46: Anna Martin scored 30 to lead the host Blue Demons (13-2) to victory and give coach Doug Bruno his 500th victory with the school. DePaul trailed 25-22 at halftime but opened the second with a 14-0 run.

Hoosiers rally, knock off No. 2 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 10:43pm]
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