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Instant Recap: IU men's basketball advances to third round of NIT



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Freshman guard Rob Phinisee scores the ball against Saint Francis University on March 19 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Saint Francis, 89-72. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

* FINAL IU defeats Arkansas 63-60.

It became a bit of a free-throw shooting contest toward the end, but IU survives some late-game nerves to advance to the third round of the NIT. Arkansas missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to try and send the game to overtime.

IU will play either Clemson University or Wichita State University in the third round of the NIT.

* Under-4 timeout (2:32 left in the game) IU leads Arkansas 61-55.

Desi Sills, the leading scorer in the game for either team with 18 points, has fouled out. Devonte Green is up to 16 points now and has galavanized the Hoosiers and crowd with some deep shooting and nice pick and roll sets with Juwan Morgan.

* Under-8 timeout (7:44 left in the game) IU leads Arkansas 54-51.

Devonte Green nearing double-double terriroty for IU now with 12 points and 9 rebounds, but his ability to deal well with Arkansas' full-court pressure may be what determines this game in the final minutes.

* Under-12 timeout (11:59 left in the game) IU leads Arkansas 47-43.

A 10-0 IU run has brought life back inside Assembly Hall, where the crowd has been vocal all day long.

Arkansas has used a full-court pressure on defense to harass IU on offense all the way up the court, and the Hoosiers dealt with it quite well. COntentious officiating decisions have made both benches irrate in nearly equal quantities, but a Morgan dunk has given him an IU-leading 13 points in the game.

* Under-16 timeout (16:00 left in the game) Arkansas leads IU 40-37.

Spirited start to the second half from the visitors as Desi Sills now has 15 points for the Razorbacks.

* HALFTIME: IU leads Arkansas 30-28.

The Hoosiers played some very stingy defense in the closing minutes of the half, forcing the Razorbacks to go more than five minutes without making a field goal.

Juwan Morgan and Devonte Green each have nine points at the break, and Morgan hit a pair of free throws right before the break.

* Under-4 timeout (3:44 left in the first half) Arkasnas and IU are tied at 25.

Desi Sills and Juwan Morgan lead their respective teams with seven points each.

* Under-8 timeout (7:59 left in the first half) Arkansas leads IU 18-17.

IU closes the gap to just a single point thanks in large part to an 8-0 run sparked by Zach McRoberts.

The senior guard has been everywhere today for the Hoosiers, gathering loose balls, extending possessions on offense by crashing the glass, making his defensive presence felt with a major block and even hitting a hook shot in the lane.

* Under-12 timeout (11:13 left in the first half) Arkansas leads IU 16-7.

It's been very similar to Tuesday night in the sense that the Hoosiers don't look ready on either end of the court, battling for loose balls, making effective cuts on offense, etc.

Five turnovers from the Hoosiers so far, including a couple by the usually sure-handed Juwan Morgan.

* Under-16 timeout (15:14 left in the first half) Akansas leads IU 6-4.

Very choppy start on offense from both teams, as Arkansas is doing a good job of clogging the paint and preventing IU from getting to the basket on drives by guards, even with Daniel Gafford not playing for the Razorbacks.

Juwan Morgan with all four points for the Hoosiers. Teams are a combined 4-11 shooting field goals.

* IU wins the opening tip.

* Here are the starting lineups for the game.

* Romeo Langford will not play for IU today as he continues to deal with a back injury. There has been no longterm update on his availability for the rest of the NIT, only that Langford will continue to receive treatment.

* The Hoosiers and Razorbacks are facing each other for the second time this season, as back in November, Arkansas defeated IU 73-72 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

* Hello and welcome to today's live updates page for the IU men's basketball game against the Unviersity of Arkansas. This game is a second round NIT game.

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