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Victor Oladipo close to setting Indiana steals mark

Updated: April 18, 2013 7:15AM



CHICAGO — By sometime next weekend, Victor Oladipo will almost certainly have surpassed Isiah Thomas on Indiana’s season steals list.

Oladipo had four steals in Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin, giving him 74 for the season. That tied him with Thomas for the Hoosiers’ single-season steals record.

The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year also came up three rebounds shy of his third straight double-double.

Speaking of double-doubles, Cody Zeller had his 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Eight of his double-doubles have come against Big Ten teams, including in both games against Wisconsin this season.

Finding their range: Indiana has been one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation, but not when they’ve played Wisconsin. The Hoosiers were just 3-of-12 against the Badgers in their regular-season matchup.

IU was a bit better, at least in makes, on Saturday, making 5-of-17. The five made 3-pointers are IU’s most against Wisconsin since hitting seven on Jan. 31, 2007 — also, IU’s last win against Wisconsin.

Shooting touch: Wisconsin shot 51 percent from the field, making 25 of 49 shots. The Badgers are now 13-0 this season when shooting 45 percent or better, and 180-16 all-time under Bo Ryan when hitting the mark.

Lucky seven: Two teams have seven wins against top-25 teams this season: No. 3 Indiana and No. 22 Wisconsin.

The Hoosiers’ loss to the Badgers dropped IU to 7-2 against ranked teams, with their other loss to No. 14 Ohio State. Wisconsin’s losses to Top-25 teams came against No. 13 Michigan State and Ohio State, which was No. 11 at the time.

Tough weekend: No one has struggled more than IU’s Jordan Hulls in the Big Ten Tournament. The senior guard was 1-for10 from the arc and scored six points in two games.

— John Mutka contributed



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