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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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Draft watch: Oladipo continues rise toward lottery

IUNDSITH0012It’s been a month since our last examination of the NBA Draft outlook for this year’s Indiana team and the key takeaway from the last month is the steady rise of junior Victor Oladipo toward the lottery. Let’s get to it:

Cody Zeller
ESPN: (7) Draft Express: (4) NBADraft.net: (3)

· Analysis: Zeller’s stock has remained as a high lottery pick, but the talk of him going No. 1 overall has cooled considerably since the initial 2013 mock drafts were revealed. But when you take a closer look, it’s hard to pinpoint a legitimate reason for much, if any, change in his stock. In one of the nation’s most balanced and efficient offenses, Zeller is the key cog. His recent play has him right back in the thick of things in the national player of the year and Big Ten player of the year discussion. He won co-Big Ten player of the week honors after Indiana beat Purdue and Michigan last week and through nine conference games, Zeller is averaging 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. Perhaps NBA scouts want to see more Zeller dominant games more frequently, but on a team with six guys who are capable of going out and scoring 20, that’s unlikely to happen.

· Expert opinion: “Zeller played with extraordinary energy and toughness against Michigan. When he plays like that, there isn’t a better offensive big man in the country. He doesn’t give that effort every night, but he does it enough that it’s hard to argue that anyone else in college basketball is obviously better.” – ESPN.com’s Chad Ford

Victor Oladipo
ESPN: (15) Draft Express: (21) NBADraft.net: (32)

· Analysis: ESPN.com draft guru Chad Ford has been leading the charge to promote Oladipo’s candidacy as a lottery pick and it’s hard to argue his point. The major hole in Oladipo’s game entering the season was his perimeter shot and he’s shooting 51.4 percent on threes as a junior. He’s also been ridiculously efficient on twos this season (67.8 percent) and his defense has also improved tremendously (5.1 steal percentage, 2.8 block percentage). His prowess as a lockdown defender was on full display Saturday night as Oladipo guarded four different Michigan players (Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr.) effectively in IU’s 81-73 win. Oladipo has shined all season on the biggest stages and as a result, his draft stock has skyrocketed.

· Expert opinion: “Given his trajectory and Zeller’s fall, I don’t think it’s out of the question that Oladipo goes ahead of Zeller on draft night.” – ESPN.com’s Chad Ford

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HD Video: Indiana players react to win over Michigan

Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford met with the media following Indiana’s 81-73 win over Michigan on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the embedded media player below:

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HD Video: Crean, Hulls and Watford preview Michigan

Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford met with the media on Friday evening to preview Saturday’s game with No. 1 Michigan.

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HD Video: IU players react to win over Michigan State

Yogi Ferrell (11 points, three assists), Victor Oladipo (21 points, seven rebounds, six steals, three blocks) and Christian Watford (12 points, six rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 75-70 win over Michigan State on Sunday at Assembly Hall.

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

Quotes available after the jump.

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