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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Indiana's Victor Oladipo has spent the last three years working to become a better basketball player.
They don't get much better than this.
The overlooked high school recruit has devoted countless hours in the gym to working on his shot, to become a defensive stopper, and now the effervescent son of Nigerian immigrants has emerged as one of the nation's top college players and a possible lottery pick in June's NBA draft.
For Oladipo, it's never been about becoming a superstar.
His goal all along was simply to help the Hoosiers (27-6) reclaim their spot on top of college basketball with their first national title since 1987.
Indiana's quest begins with a second-round game Friday in Dayton, Ohio, and Oladipo will play a big part in making it happen.
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Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller, as well as coach Tom Crean, addressed the media earlier this afternoon in Dayton, Ohio to preview tomorrow’s game with James Madison.
Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:
Transcript after the jump.
THE MODERATOR: We’re now being joined by Indiana student-athletes...
Greg Ballard, the mayor of Indianapolis, feels confident that Indiana University can win it all this year. Like many other politicians, Ballard filled out his 2013 NCAA tournament bracket this week. You probably could have predicted that he would pick the Hoosiers to win it all. What you may not have seen coming is that he picked them to win every game — as in, even the ones they...
Indiana coach Tom Crean knows that the nation's basketballer-in-chief picked his Hoosiers to win the NCAA tournament.
He just hopes President Obama is right this time.
Crean appreciates the endorsement his top-seeded team received from Obama, who filled out his brackets this week before leaving on a trip to the Middle East. Crean, though, joked he was nervous after learning...
TEAM TO BEAT: Indiana. The Hoosiers have been the favorite to win the National Championship all year long. They've shown quite a few weaknesses, but there isn't a team in the field that could dominate this tournament like Indiana. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Indiana. I think they have an easy road to the Elite 8, where they will meet Miami or Marquette. While both...
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The eastern bracket of this year’s NCAA tournament will be a battle between powerhouse teams like Miami, Indiana, Syracuse, and Marquette who are all trying to solidify a place in the Final Four. Teams like Butler, NC State, and Illinois all have a win against...
When it comes to the NCAA Tournament, the East is usually full of heavy weights from the East Coast. This year, none of the usual suspects closed when they needed to and opened up the top spot for Indiana. The Hoosiers also failed to win their Conference Tourney, but they are a legit No.1 from a very tough Big Ten.
So it makes sense they are the odds on favorite to win the East when...
The NCAA Tournament is here. Is your bracket filled? Earlier this week I shared my take on the tournament’s First Four by determining which school I would peg as the favorite if we were to watch the two schools play in football, instead of basketball. One out of three made for a rough start, but now it is on to the first round of the tournament. Let’s take a look, region by region...
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While Sports Illustrated might be picking Louisville to win the NCAA title, the Cardinals are the only No. 1 seed not to be featured on any of the regional covers for the magazine this week.
Instead, Syracuse has taken their spot, with Michael Carter-Williams appearing front and center. The other three covers feature Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyck, and Kansas’...
It's tough enough living up to the lofty expectations of those die-hard Hoosiers fans, born and bred to bleed crimson and cream.
This March, Indiana carries an even heavier weight.
The White House is watching.
President Obama, the nation's basketballer-in-chief, has picked the Hoosiers to be NCAA champions.
''It's nice,'' Indiana coach Tom Crean said...
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ATLANTA -- The Miami Hurricanes and their fans surely thought they deserved 1-seed recognition. After all, Miami became the first team in history to win the ACC regular season and tournament titles and not be handed top-seed honors.
As a reward, Jim Larranaga's bunch gets Indiana, a team that reached the top of the national polls multiple times this...