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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Indiana 63, VCU 61

By Ted Miller


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some quick thoughts from Indiana's thrilling 63-61 victory over VCU.

Overview: VCU dictated the pace for most of the game against Indiana, but the Rams scored just four points over the final 12:20 as Indiana used a three-point play from Victor Oladipo and a short jumper from Will Sheehey to advance.

Turning point: VCU led 57-48 with 12:20 remaining, but the Rams could score only four more points. After wearing out the Hoosiers with pressure and a frantic pace, the Rams faltered in the half court. And give credit to Indiana for turning up its own defensive pressure and making clutch shots down the stretch. A key moment? VCU senior leader Bradford Burgess missed two free throws with one minute left.

Key player: Oladipo produced a game-changing three-point play with 46 seconds left. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, and shot 4-of-5 from the field.

Key stat: Indiana outrebounded VCU 33-20, including a 26-14 advantage on the defensive glass.

Miscellaneous: The Rams hit just nine of 30 3-point attempts. Indiana was 6-of-13. ... VCU forced 22 turnovers, including 10 steals. ... VCU has seven wins as an 11-seed or worse since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. That is the most such wins of any team in that span, one more than Richmond. ... Indiana's Cody Zeller tied for the game high with 16 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds.

What’s next: Indiana advances to the Sweet 16 and will play the winner of Kentucky-Iowa State.