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Indiana notches new upset; Hoosiers down No. 2 Buckeyes

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana is starting to make a habit of beating these highly ranked teams.

On Saturday, the Hoosiers didn't need a buzzer-beating shot to win, and they didn't even storm the court afterward.

Victor Oladipo scored the go-ahead basket on a fast-break layup with 36 seconds left Saturday and No. 13 Indiana upset No. 2 Ohio State, 74-70, the first time Indiana has defeated the nation's top two teams in the same season.

"They've been punking us the past couple years and we realized that," Oladipo said after scoring 15 points. "This year we had to go toe-to-toe with them."

Instead of backing down, the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) added another chapter to the program's rapid re-emergence.

The 12-0 start was the fourth in school history and the first since the 1975-76 Hoosiers wound up as the last undefeated national champions.

The win over Kentucky three weeks ago was only the second time the Hoosiers had beaten a No. 1 team at Assembly Hall.

Now, Indiana becomes the ninth team since 1996-97 to beat both a No. 1 and a No. 2 in one season, and it joins Kansas in 2007-08 and Louisville in 2003-04 as the only teams over that span to achieve the feat in the same month. Only Louisville did it during the regular season.

But Saturday's celebration paled in comparison with the storm-the-court stampede following the Kentucky upset.

Part of the explanation was that the students were still on holiday break. The other reason: It wasn't as big a surprise.

"They (the players) just kept giving us (coaches) confidence," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "They came to every timeout, they were totally locked in and at the 7:38 mark, you could just see it in their eyes they were so locked in. They matched the Ohio State toughness and energy."

The Hoosiers were far from perfect.

They shot 45.8 percent from the field, about 5 percentage points below their season average. They got outrebounded, 35-28, and missed the same number of free throws (seven) as Ohio State. Foul trouble limited freshman center Cody Zeller, the engineer of Indiana's turnaround, to only 21 minutes, and he fouled out with 2:24 to go.

But Indiana was still good enough.

The Hoosiers forced 17 turnovers.

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