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Oladipo leads Indiana past Michigan St. in Top 5 matchup

Victor Oladipo overcame a leg injury in the Hoosiers' prior game to pace IU in a four-point victory over the Spartans in East Lansing.


Michigan State's Branden Dawson (22) and Indiana's Christian Watford reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Indiana won 72-68.

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Indiana has gone from good to great, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo thinks he knows how the Hoosiers have done it.

Victor Oladipo.

"He makes them better," Izzo said.

Oladipo shook off a sprained left ankle with a spectacular performance to lift top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over the fourth-ranked Spartans on Tuesday night.

"I'm not going to lie, it hurt a little," Oladipo said. "But I wanted to win."

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It looked like a victory meant more to him than any other player in the highly anticipated game that matched the pregame hype.

"Oladipo is just a refuse-to-lose guy," Izzo said. "Winning time, he made the plays."


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