IU rallies to top Temple, advance to Sweet 16

Victor Oladipo hit a key 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and Indiana, minutes away from being the second No. 1 seed to be swept from the NCAA tournament, held off Temple 58-52 on Sunday in the East Regional.

The Hoosiers (29-6) trailed by four with 2:56 left, but closed with a big run to advance to the round of 16 for the second straight year.

Indiana will play No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington.

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FINAL: Indiana closed the game on a 12-2 run to seal a 58-52 victory over Temple on Sunday at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Khalif Wyatt was a bright spot for Temple (24-10) in the loss with 31 points and three rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Indiana, which advanced to its second consecutive Sweet 16. Other Indiana scorers in double figures included Will Sheehey (10 points) and Cody Zeller (15 points). Anthony Lee shot 5-of-8 from the field and scored 10 points for the Owls. Temple had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 34 percent (21-of-62) from the field. Not only did the Hoosiers go to the line 12 more times than did the Owls, they went 16-of-20 (80 percent). Those free throws came courtesy of 18 fouls committed by Temple who was 7-of-8 from the line.

HALFTIME: Khalif Wyatt scored 20 points for Temple in the first half to carry the Owls to a 29-26 halftime lead over No. 1 seed Indiana. Wyatt hit 8-of-14 shots, while the rest of the Owls combined to go 4-of-20 from the field. The Hoosiers led 20-11 before they allowed Temple to make a late 18-6 run and take the lead. Cody Zeller went to the bench with two fouls and Jordan Hulls went to the locker room with an injury during Temple’s run. Victor Oladipo led the Hoosiers in the first half, with six points and six rebounds. Zeller and Christian Watford also chipped in six points for the Hoosiers, who shot just 38.5 percent.

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Jinny Rhymes on 3/24/2013 @ 5:27pm EDT Said:

Indiana the champs? I’m not sure, mr obama. with the near loss against temple i might actually choose louisville even though the verdict at the moment is tied! http://sidewithme.com/debate/406

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