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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Why Oladipo should win Wooden Award

By Ryan Feldman and Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Info

Guard Victor Oladipo’s effectiveness on both ends of the court is one reason why the Indiana Hoosiers are one of the favorites to win the national championship.

Since last season, Oladipo’s offense has improved as much as any player in the country. He’s also known as one of the elite defenders in the country.

After shooting just 18 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers as a sophomore, Oladipo is shooting 45 percent on those shots this season.

He ranks fourth in the country in field-goal percentage (61.4), and is on pace to have the highest field-goal percentage by a guard since Oklahoma State’s Chianti Roberts in 1996-97 (62.5).

Oladipo ranks third in true shooting percentage, which measures shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.

The 6-foot-5 junior can score in a variety of ways. Oladipo leads the Big Ten in offensive rebound put-back points per game. He averages 1.39 points per play and shoots 73.9 percent on offensive rebound put-backs, both of which rank among the top five in the country (minimum 50 plays) and leads all Wooden Award finalists.

Oladipo does more than just score. He and Georgetown’s Otto Porter are the only players from Power 6 conferences averaging at least 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game this season.

Among Wooden Award finalists, Oladipo has the best net rating -- which is the difference between points produced and points allowed per 100 possessions. Oladipo produces 42 more points than he allows per 100 possessions.

Oladipo's 13.7 points per game would be the lowest ever for a Wooden Award winner (current lowest is 14.2 by Anthony Davis last season). He would be the first Wooden Award winner to shoot at least 60 percent on field goals and 45 percent on 3-point attempts.

Oladipo would be the second Indiana player to win the Wooden Award, joining Calbert Cheaney in 1993.