"If we spend a lot of time talking about all the what-ifs, we'll get away from what has to happen," said Crean Thursday.
Once New Mexico State figured out a way to stop the Hoosiers from making easy baskets, Jordan Hulls took advantage of open looks outside the arc. At one point, the junior guard scored 11 straight points for IU. He connected on three three-pointers in the second half, the third of which gave IU a 62-41 lead. New Mexico State made a mini-run to close to within 12 points on a few occasions, but Indiana's execution picked up down the stretch allowing the Hoosiers to cruise to the 79-66 victory.
Hulls led IU in scoring with 22 points. Cody Zeller, Chritsian Watford, and Will Sheehey also hit double-figures for the Hoosiers, each scoring 14 points.
With the victory, Indiana advances to play Virginia Commonwealth Saturday's third round at 7:10 PM EST. The 12th-seeded Rams upset 5th-seed Wichita State 62-59.