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Ferrell's stellar play sparks easy win for top-seeded Indiana

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

DAYTON, Ohio -- More often than not, a team that wins the national championship goes through some sort of adversity or close game in the NCAA tournament.

For Indiana, Friday's win over James Madison doesn't fall into that category.

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The top seed in the East, the Hoosiers cruised from the opening tip, jumping out to a 9-0 lead en route to an easy 83-62 win over the No. 16 Dukes.

Five players scored in double-figures for Indiana, led by Yogi Ferrell's 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Will Sheehey chipped in with 15 points off the bench. The Hoosiers shot 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.

Freshman Andre Nation, who looks like a rising star in the CAA, had 24 points for James Madison before fouling out.

It's hard to take too much from such an easy win, but Indiana's ability to win a national championship goes to another level if Ferrell plays like he did on Friday. He was aggressive but under control on the offensive end, knocking down outside jumpers and also getting into the lane to either finish or dish off to a teammate. Ferrell was unafraid to get involved on the glass, and his ability to push the ball in transition and beat the defense down the court was impressive.

Ferrell's play down the stretch of the regular season was up and down, scoring in double-figures three times in his final 11 games -- while also not being as effective with his penetration in some games.

All the weapons are there for Indiana -- Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Sheehey, Jordan Hulls -- but consistent point guard play from Ferrell could be the key going forward.

Indiana faces Temple in the Round of 32 on Sunday.

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