Notebook: Oladipo wins Big Ten player of the week

  • 02/25/2013 3:52 pm in

IUMSUITH0011For the second time this season, Indiana junior Victor Oladipo was named Big Ten player of the week. The award is announced every Monday morning by the conference.

It was the second player of the week award this season for Oladipo, who scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had five steals in last Tuesday’s 72-68 win at Michigan State.

“There were a lot of very deserving guys this week. There were a lot of excellent games as there usually is in the Big Ten,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said earlier today on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “Victor did some amazing things, especially at the end of our Michigan State game.”

Oladipo also won the award on Jan. 28 and Cody Zeller has won it twice as well (Jan. 14, Feb. 4).

Michigan’s Trey Burke has three player of the week awards, which leads the conference.

Oladipo injury update

Despite playing at what he described as 85 percent healthy, Oladipo put together what Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called  a “MVP” type performance in IU’s win at East Lansing.

But with a tough four-game stretch to close the regular season, a week between games could end up being beneficial for IU’s player of the year candidate as he rehabs a sprained left ankle suffered in IU’s 83-55 dismantling of Purdue.

“We were very careful with that,” Crean said of Oladipo’s ankle. “He looks fine. There’s no question about it. We pulled him in and out of a few things, but at the same time though, he looked good.”

Indiana had off days on Wednesday and Saturday because it played three games the week before, but the time off or the injury didn’t stop Oladipo from putting in extra work as he’s done all season.

“It sure didn’t stop him from being in the gym extra, I know that,” Crean said. “I think he’ll be fine. What level he’s at, I think we’ll just have to wait and see what it’s like tomorrow night, but I know it’s a lot better than it was.”

Hoosiers not unanimous No. 1

For the second straight week, Indiana sits atop both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches top 25 polls. But even with IU’s road win over then No. 4 Michigan State, the Hoosiers are not a unanimous No. 1.

IU received 64 of 65 available first-place votes in the AP poll and 28 of 31 available first-place votes in the coaches poll.

Gonzaga received the other votes for No. 1.

The Big Ten again had a heavy presence in both polls, placing five teams (IU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin) in the top 17 of each.

“Hoosier rising” DVD released

IU Athletics announced Monday “Hoosier Rising: The Past and Present of IU Basketball,” a DVD release which “chronicles the spectacular history of Indiana University basketball.”

According to a release from IU media relations, the DVD was produced by Ideogram Media in cooperation with IU Athletics, and features never before seen footage of the greatest moments in IU basketball history and exclusive interviews with IU basketball luminaries such as Randy Wittman, Steve Alford, Keith Smart, Jared Jeffries, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Brian Evans and many more.

Hosted by John Laskowski, the DVD can be purchased online at www.traditionofsports.com for $29.95 and will be available in the IU Varsity Shop and the IU Bookstore for the final two home men’s basketball games.

Inside the Hall’s Justin Albers also appears in the film.

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  • Geoff_85

    Oladipo is the most complete player in the league and probably in the NCAA. Yes, I know Burke distributes and doesn’t turn the ball over, but Oladipo isn’t asked to do that. If Oladipo had the ball in his hands as much as Burke has the ball in his hands, he’d probably average 25ppg. His shooting percentage and effectiveness on the offensive end has to be damn near unheard of for a 6’4″ guard. I would love to see how his numbers in terms of effectiveness stack up with other guards in history that score as much as Oladipo does. His defensive isn’t just disruptive, it’s destructive. He effectively takes the opponent’s best player out of the game every game, thus destroying their offense. What he does on the defensive end is paramount to Indiana’s success. He is the the NCAA’s defensive POY. I could go on, but I think I think his play speaks for itself.

  • Adrian B

    DVD?! What am I, a caveman?

  • VerdellJonesIV

    In all fairness to Burke, I don’t think you can say that Victor would be just as effective with the ball always in his hands. I’ll have to find the link, but I read a stat before the MSU game that said up to that point in the season, Victor had turned the ball over on 25% of isolation plays. He doesn’t have the same iso skill as Burke so he probably would have a hard time playing with the ball in his hands that much. He is a slasher by nature and needs his teammates to do their thing for the offense to come to him.

  • SCHoosier

    Fair..and accurate. A really good Pro-scout analysis of VO’s pro-potential says his ball handling isn’t yet at the level required by a shooting guard in the NBA. That’s all Vic will need to make sure it IS by next season..He;s got everything else.

  • Mop Lady

    1. VO = MVP

    2. Who has Gonzaga beat to even be in the same class as IU?

  • The Zags are a good team. More complete than many other teams.Remember someone has to be #2 So let me ask. Who deserves the second rating more than the Zags.

  • hoosier-daddy

    Anyone in the top 25- Zags are a joke and could be the first team to lose in the first round as a number one seed!!

  • Gonzaga…stealing the limelight from my Hoosiers! I respect them, and they have beaten almost everybody they’ve played (except BU, but IU has that loss in common), but their schedule just doesn’t compare to IU. Ah well, a No. 1 seed is what’s really at stake, and a win tonight will help far more in that department than a few voters.

  • Gonzaga…stealing the limelight from my Hoosiers! I respect them, and they have beaten almost everybody they’ve played (except BU, but IU has that loss in common), but their schedule just doesn’t compare to IU. Ah well, a No. 1 seed is what’s really at stake, and a win tonight will help far more in that department than a few voters.

  • IUMIKE1

    Also have loss to Illannoy in common as well with the exception being that the Zags lost to them on their home court and Illannoy played and beat IU at the fake assembly hall.

  • Who’s the media guy and coaches, who gave Gonzaga a #1 vote over IU? Morons!