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HD Video: IU players react to win at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Victor Oladipo (19 points, nine rebounds, five steals), Cody Zeller (17 points, five rebounds, two blocks), Christian Watford (12 points) and Jordan Hulls (12 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 72-68 win at Michigan State on Tuesday.

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Oladipo leaves Saturday’s game with sprained left ankle

IUNDSITH0012Victor Oladipo has played so well for Indiana this season that he has entered the race for the national player of the year award.

So when Oladipo went down late in the first half of Saturday’s 83-55 win over Purdue, the Assembly Hall crowd and Hoosier Nation collectively held its breath. Oladipo grimaced, rolled around in pain, and then eventually limped to the locker room under his own power.

Oladipo did not return to the game, and Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward that his star guard suffered a sprained left ankle. Oladipo’s status for Tuesday night’s showdown with Michigan State in East Lansing is up in the air.

“Right now I would go between precautionary and day-to-day,” Crean said. “He did some things in the back. I just don’t think any of us were comfortable enough to say, ‘let’s go do it.’ He wanted to go back in, but we just weren’t going to do that at that point. I don’t think that anybody felt, medically, that it was the best thing to do at that point.”

Oladipo was chasing Purdue’s Terone Johnson on a fast break when he sustained the injury. After looking at video replays, it appears Oladipo turned his ankle when trying to change directions just inside the free-throw line. Johnson slowed a bit in an attempt to avoid Yogi Ferrell, forcing Oladipo to change directions.

“I hope that he’s gonna be OK, he thinks he’s gonna be OK, but it’s gonna be a lot of time spent in this building getting it back to where it needs to be,” Crean said. “So wishful thinking will be that he’ll play, but we have to see how the next 24-36 hours turn out.”

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HD Video: IU players react to win over Purdue

Cody Zeller (19 points, nine rebounds), Will Sheehey (career-high 22 points) and Christian Watford (14 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 83-55 win over Purdue on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

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Watford’s play a big reason why Hoosiers are back on top

IUNebITH0017Sometimes he gets lost in the box score because of the seasons Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are having, but it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore Christian Watford.

A look at the numbers: Watford has scored in double figures in all 12 Big Ten games, and in 15 straight games overall. During that stretch, he’s pulled down at least eight rebounds on eight occasions, and he has two double-doubles. Dating back to last season, Watford has scored in double figures in 17 straight Big Ten games.

In Wednesday night’s 76-47 win over Nebraska, it was more of the same from the senior forward. Watford had 13 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.

There are many reasons why the Hoosiers have returned to the No. 1 spot in the rankings, but Watford’s prowess on the defensive glass and acceptance of his role is one of the primary ones.

“He has been playing with a lot of confidence,” junior forward Will Sheehey said. “I think it comes off of his defensive rebounding. You get a couple of boards, a couple of assists, you get a good feel for the game from the start, and that’s when I think shots are going in for him.”

Earlier in the season, I criticized Watford for too often being a ball stopper. The Hoosiers displayed good movement on offense, but the ball would hit Watford’s hands and the movement would stop as he jab-stepped and contemplated which one-on-one move he wanted to go to.

That isn’t happening anymore.

“He’s come a long, long way,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “When he’s consistent, he’s really, really good. What he’s learned is he has really good teammates that he can make better and they can make him better. When they’re locked in defensively, great things happen.”

Along the same lines, Watford isn’t forcing shots. He’s making strong moves in the post and shooting open 3-pointers off the trail or on a swing. Watford made the biggest shot during the Crean era, but if he wants to be part of the ultimate prize, he had to make personal sacrifices.

If Watford keeps playing like he has recently, it’s hard to see Indiana losing anytime soon.

“He has high personal goals, and he’s a part of very high team goals,” Crean said. “And I think it’s coming in his play.”

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HD Video: IU players react to win over Nebraska

Maurice Creek, Christian Watford and Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 76-47 win over Nebraska on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

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HD Video: Crean, IU players preview Nebraska

Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview No. 1 Indiana’s Wednesday meeting with Nebraska.

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HD Video: IU players react to loss at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls met with the media following No. 1 Indiana’s 74-72 loss to Illinois on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

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