DAYTON, Ohio – It wasn't easy, but Indiana advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for a second straight year.
The No. 1 Hoosiers overcame a first half deficit to knock off No. 9 Temple X in the third round at University of Dayton Stadium.
The Hoosiers (29-6) will play No. 4 seed Syracuse (28-9) in the Sweet 16 in the East Regional on Thursday in Washington D.C. The Orange reached the round of 32 with a 66-60 win over No. 12 seed California (21-12) on Saturday.
Indiana trailed Temple 29-26 after the first half and was down 41-35 with 9:59 to play.
The Hoosiers were able to tie the Owls at 52 on a pair of Cody Zeller free throws with 1:40 to play, and Victor Oladipo gave IU a 53-52 lead by hitting 1 of 2 free throws with 1:19 to play. The one-point advantage was the first time the Hoosiers had the lead since there was 3:30 to play in the first half.
Oladipo all but sealed the comeback with a three-pointer with 14 seconds to play, and Christian Watford capped the scoring with two free throws with 5.6 seconds left.
Oladipo scored 16 for IU, and Zeller and Will Sheehey added 15 and 10.
Khalif Wyatt, who scored 20 in the first half, finished with 31 points for Temple (24-10), and Anthony Lee scored 10.
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