Top-seeded Indiana is bound for the Sweet 16 in Washington D. C., surviving a scare from a scrappy Temple team that pushed the Hoosiers...
DAYTON, Ohio — Top-seeded Indiana is bound for the Sweet 16 in Washington D.C., surviving a scare from a scrappy Temple team that pushed the Hoosiers to the brink of elimination Sunday at University of Dayton Arena.
The No. 9 Owls led for almost the entire second half, but a big three-pointer by Indiana junior Victor Oladipo with 15 seconds remaining sealed the 58-52 win for the Hoosiers.
“It’s going to be real special, get to go home, play in front of my family, my friends,” Oladipo said. “But at the same time, I’m trying to get to Atlanta.”
The Final Four is still a two wins away for Indiana. First they’ll have to get through their Sweet 16 opponent, fourth-seeded Syracuse, on Thursday at Verizon Center.
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While the Indiana roster might boast more future NBA contributors, it was Temple senior Khalif Wyatt stood out for most of the game. Two days after scoring 31 points in the Owls’ opening-round win over North Carolina State, Wyatt somehow upped his scoring tempo Sunday. In the opening 20 minutes, he put up 20, shooting 8 of 13 from the field and accounting for all but nine of Temple’s first-half points. He finished the game with 31 points, giving him 62 in two tournament games.
Oladipo led the way for Indiana, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. Forward Cody Zeller chipped in 15, as the Hoosiers managed to squeak out of Dayton with their championship hopes intact.
Miami 63, Illinois 59
In Austin, Texas, Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead three-pointer with a minute left and Miami gained possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes hold on to advance to the NCAA round of 16.
After Larkin’s first field goal in about 9 ½ minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a three-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami’s Kenny Kadji out of bounds. But the Hurricanes got the ball, and Durand Scott made two free throws after that.
“You saw the same video I did,” first-year Illinois coach Jim Groce said. He added, “hard game to officiate … 50-50 calls are hard sometimes.”
Miami (29-6) is in the round of 16 for only the second time in school history. The Hurricanes play Marquette (25-8) in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.
Larkin, the ACC player of the year, finished with 17 points. Rion Brown had 21 with five three-pointers. Kadji added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes.
Brandon Paul had 18 points for Illinois (23-13).