On Thursday, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo said playing in the Big Ten Conference had taught the Hoosiers to not take any opponent for granted. And while James Madison, Indiana's second-round NCAA Tournament opponent, isn't considered Big-Ten caliber, Indiana still left nothing to chance against the upset-minded Dukes.
Freshman guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 14 of his team-leading 16 points in the first half, and five players scored in double figures to lift No. 1 seed Indiana to an 83-62 victory Friday at University of Dayton Arena.
"We know pretty much anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament," said Ferrell. "We weren't going to take this team lightly."
Will Sheehey scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller and Oladipo each had 11 for Indiana (28-6) which advanced to face No. 9 seed Temple (24-9) in the third round Sunday at Dayton.
Andre Nation led James Madison (21-15) with 24 points, and Charles Cooke added 18.
"Watching Indiana on tape in preparation and then playing them … it took a half for us to catch up to the speed at which they play the game," said JMU coach Matt Brady. "It's impressive."
Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer and Oladipo drove baseline and finished with a two-handed dunk to put Indiana ahead 26-10. Oladipo hit a 3-pointer moments later to put the Hoosiers ahead by 19 points with 8:07 left in the first half.
"We were locked in from the start," said Sheehey.
Nation scored 10 points in the first half for James Madison, which made only 29 percent of its shots.
Indiana went 6-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half to take control of the game early. The Hoosiers led, 43-22, at halftime.
Zeller's one-handed jam put the Hoosiers ahead, 56-26, with 14:09 left.
Ferrell scored 14 points in the game's first five minutes, helping Indiana build a 21-point halftime lead.
"Our guys prepared like it was any other game," said Hoosiers coach Tom Crean. "We had great respect for James Madison's players and coaching, and we played that way."
NOTES: James Madison's leading scorer, Rayshawn Goins, who was suspended for the first half of its First Four victory over LIU Brooklyn following an arrest for disorderly conduct at a campus party, started Friday's game and finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting. ... Kevin Ferrell scored 14 points pf his 16 points in the first half, but couldn't reach his career-high of 19 set on March 2 against Iowa. ... Indiana's only previous meeting with James Madison was an 84-52 win on Dec. 11, 1987. ... James Madison is no stranger to NCAA Tournament upsets. In consecutive seasons in the early 1980s, the Dukes pulled off first-round upsets of Georgetown, Ohio State, and West Virginia.