NCAA Tournament Scores 2012: What Indiana Must Do to Upset Kentucky

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 22, 2012

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  (C) Will Sheehey #10 of the Indiana Hoosiers stands with teammates Christian Watford #2, Victor Oladipo #4, Jordan Hulls #1 and Cody Zeller #40 after Sheehey was called for a flagrant foul in the first half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers are fighting for more than a chance to reach the Elite Eight on Friday.

They are fighting to give Bob Knight some credibility, who notoriously has been calling Kentucky that "team from the SEC."

But seriously, folks, Indiana has a tough task on its hands on Friday, matched up with arguably the best team in the nation (is there really that much of an argument?). The Hoosiers are the less talented and less athletic team, and Kentucky is playing well together, so a lot has to go right for Indiana to come out on top.

Here's what the Hoosiers have to do to upset the vaunted Wildcats.


Shoot the Lights Out

No matter how well Indiana plays on defense on Friday, Kentucky is going to get its points. The Wildcats are averaging 77.08 points this season and scored 81 points and 87 points against Western Kentucky and Iowa State respectively.

Fortunately for the Hoosiers, they have six legitimate sharp-shooters in Tom Crean's eight-man rotation, including star power forward Christian Watford, whose outside shooting ability opens things up for Cody Zeller down low.

They shot 59 percent against New Mexico State and 52 percent against VCU.

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers drives on Treveon Graham #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March
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Rebound the Basketball

Kentucky, averaging 41.94 rebounds this season, has a distinct rebounding advantage over Indiana. Anthony Davis, in particular, is a beast.

But the Hoosiers do have Zeller, who's not a bad player himself, and it should make for a terrific matchup.

It's going to take a collective effort for the Hoosiers to beat the Wildcats on the glass, but their ability to lure big men out of the paint with their outside shooting ability bodes well.

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15:  Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers dunks the ball in the first half against New Mexico State Aggies in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.
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Get Anthony Davis in Foul Trouble

Obviously, this is easier said than done. A lot of teams have tried to do this, only to see Davis move to the side and then block their shots into the stands. 

But getting Davis out of the game changes everything. He single-handedly changes games with his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking ability, and without him on the floor the Wildcats are a different team.

Zeller is a top-15 prospect if he declares for the NBA draft this year. He's one of few big men who could get Davis in foul trouble. Of course, Davis could get him in foul trouble just as fast.

Zeller has to play huge for the Hoosiers to have a shot against Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kent
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