The Indiana Hoosiers two top prospects for the NBA Draft -- Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo -- will march onward through the madness after the Hoosiers came back late against Temple in a 58-52 victory.
Oladipo, specifically, hit a huge three-point shot in the final moments to push the Hoosiers lead to four and iced the game for Indiana. Oladipo scored 16 points, including the aforementioned three-point field goal attempt, grabbed eight rebounds, and shut down Temple's Khalif Wyatt (31 points) down the stretch as Indiana put together a 10-0 run and closed out the Temple Owls.
Overall, Oladipo scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting while making one of his three three-point field goal attempts. While his assignment, Wyatt, did score 31 points it was on 24 field goal attempts. A strong outing that highilghted Oladipo's offensive soundness and defensive prowess.
While the Hoosiers struggled against the Owls, the victories are remembered, as are the big shots. Oladipo had a memorable close to a game that pushed Indiana to the Sweet 16. Oladipo has developed his game while he stayed at Indiana into his Junior year and added value to his draft stock with a big game in a clutch situation that followed a blowout victory in their first win in the tournament. Oladipo, currently ranked sixth overall by DraftExpress, will have a hard time raising his ranking but hasn't seen his stock drop which is half the battle for prospects.
If he continues to show his all-around game and carries Indiana deep into the tournament, however, he could see his draft range tick up a notch.
Indiana's other draft prospect, Zeller, had 15 points. Zeller is currently ranked as the third overall prospect by DraftExpress. Zeller did not have a remarkable game, scoring 15 points on four-of-ten field goals and grabbing six rebounds, but also had six turnovers. Zeller's ability to get his own shot at 6'11 is still a selling point when NBA scouts consider how his game will translate to the next level, but thus far he has stayed the course through the tournament as the Hoosiers continue to advance.
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