Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oladipo Passes Test, Can IU? ; Hoosiers Seek to Make Declaration against James Madison

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oladipo Passes Test, Can IU? ; Hoosiers Seek to Make Declaration against James Madison

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DAYTON, Ohio - Sarah Palin, no doubt, would call one of the questions Victor Oladipo was asked Thursday one of those "gotcha" deals. During Thursday's NCAA interview sessions at the University of Dayton Arena, a reporter asked if any of the Indiana basketball players knew which conference James Madison competed in, the school mascot and where the school is located.

The moderator tossed the question to Oladipo.

"They're in the CAA. I think they are the Dukes, James Madison Dukes. What was the other one? They're from Virginia, the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia). Yeah, I'm from there, so I know a little somethin' - somethin' about James Madison."

That prompted the real "gotcha" question. "Do you know who James Madison, the figure, is?"

Oladipo didn't hesitate.

"He signed the Declaration or something like that. You mean the person, right? He signed the Declaration of Independence. I'm right, right? Emancipation Proclamation, something like that I know he's a big historic figure in U.S. history."

Cody Zeller quickly came to Oladipo's rescue, asking the reporter, "Do you know what a Hoosier is?"

When the reply was no, Oladipo smiled. "I think I'm 4-0. I think I won that little trivia challenge right there," he said.

Oladipo, of course, should have stopped while he was ahead. In addition to being the fourth president, Madison is one of the fathers of the Constitution.

With such foolishness out of the way, IU will be seeking to make its own historic declaration over the next few weeks, starting today at about 3:10 p.m. CST against JMU (21-13), the Colonial Athletic Association tournament champion.

Indiana won the Big Ten regular-season title, but lost in the conference tournament semifinals - the Hoosiers' third loss in six games. "We're going to go into this tournament and try and win it," said Oladipo. "So any loss before then would be a disappointment."

With five fifth-year seniors, the Dukes have won five straight games and seven of their last nine. They may be the toughest No. 16 seed the NCAA tournament has had in recent years.

Fifth-year coach Matt Brady even dangled this No. …

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