Victor Oladipo laid underneath the basket holding his left ankle, clearly in pain. Indiana’s sophomore guard had just taken the ball hard to the basket and finished in front of multiple Michigan State defenders to extend the Hoosiers’ lead.
Now, though, Oladipo remained on the ground while the Spartans hurried the ball the other way. But he wouldn’t remain there long.
Oladipo got up and hopped toward the action, a noticeable grimace covering his face the whole time. He was hurting, but he refused to make his teammates play 5-on-4. That just wouldn’t be fair.
Oladipo began to hop faster. As he approached the elbow, he jumped and attempted to block a shot, then knocked the rebound away from a Michigan State player and out of bounds.
Oladipo’s effort on the play kept Michigan State from scoring an easy basket. His effort in the game helped the No. 18 Hoosiers earn their third win over a top-5 ranked opponent this season.
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