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NCAA Tournament Predictions: South Region: 4. Indiana vs. 13 New Mexico State

By: Kels Dayton

 4 Indiana (25-8, 11-7 Big Ten)-Tom Crean has revitalized Indiana basketball. The Hoosiers spent the better part of the last five seasons at the bottom of the Big Ten, but have rebounded in a big way this season. Indiana handed No. 1 overall seed Kentucky its only loss of the regular season on December 10, and may have a chance to end the Wildcats’ season if both teams advance to the Sweet 16.

Forward Cody Zeller (Icon SMI)

6-11 Freshman forward Cody Zeller has been a major reason for the Hoosiers’ turnaround, averaging 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Christian Watford, who hit the game-winning three that gave the Hoosiers the win over Kentucky and sent Assembly Hall into a state of pandaemonium, averages 12 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Point guard Jordan Hulls is a local kid with a typical Indiana shot– he strokes it at 50 percent from the field and a blistering 49 percent from three-point range.


9th Field Goal Percentage (.487)

19th Points per game (77.3)

Team stats courtesy


 13 New Mexico State (26-9, 10-4 WAC)-The Aggies won the WAC by hammering Louisiana Tech in the tournament championship game, 82-57. The Aggies have a nice win at New Mexico, and have some nice post players who can provide a challenge for Indiana’s Cody Zeller inside.

The Aggies are a good rebounding team, ranking 6th in the nation with boards per game.

Wendell McKines (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Senior forward Wendell McKines leads New Mexico St. with 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

6-4 guard Christian Kabongo is an excellent facilitator and score a little bit if he has to. Kabongo is averaging 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.


11th Points per game (75.4)

6th Rebounds per game (48.3)

31st Field goal percentage (.472)



Stats courtesy

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