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IU may not be in the NCAA Tournament, but one Hoosier is providing his fair share of March Madness

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Devonte Green has been a big part of Indiana’s success in the NIT as he’s stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Romeo Langford and performed well.
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L1, R1, Square, R1, Left, R2, R1, Left, Square, Down, L1, L1.

That may not make sense if you aren’t into video games, but over the weekend that sequence received attention on the Internet because it’s tattooed vertically on Devonte Green’s left arm. On Monday the guard cleared things up a little bit—he’s a cheat code, so he got a cheat code tattooed on his arm.

As noted by @LakeShowYo, who appeared to be the first to make the connection, this particular cheat code is from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the biggest hits of the mid-aughts, and gives players unlimited ammo so that they never have to stop shooting. If you’ve seen Green play it’s not too hard to believe that’s something he’d appreciate.

Green has been shooting quite a bit recently and Indiana has been better for it. Since the calendar turned to March, Jon Rothstein went nuclear, and the madness began the junior has scored in double digits in every game. Over the course of the month he’s gone 33/61 from the field, a pretty good 54 percent clip, but what’s really been impressive is his long-range shooting. Green has hit 21 of his 38 shots from beyond the arc over the last six games—an astronomical 55 percent rate. With this run he’s shown that he’s more than capable of being a big-time contributor for this team.

“He’s our most important sort of cog in the wheel right now,” IU head coach Archie Miller said. “He’s making a lot of plays. He’s shooting the ball extremely well with great confidence.”

On Tuesday there’ll be more than just advancing to the next round on the line for Green. With a win the Hoosiers would earn the right to play at Madison Square Garden, the right for Green to have a homecoming of sorts. He’s from North Babylon, New York, a city nestled in the middle of the southern side of Long Island about 45 miles from the Mecca.

“Definitely a great feeling and how I’d like to end the season,” Green said about potentially playing in NYC. “It’s always fun playing in front of a home crowd.” He added that there would be a lot of people there to see him play if the Hoosiers were to make the NIT semifinals.

On Tuesday the Hoosiers welcome in the Wichita State Shockers for what will be the final game played at Assembly Hall this season. A lot of attention will be on the frontcourt matchup and rightfully so—the duo of Markis McDuffie and Jaime Echenique has anchored the Shockers on both ends of the floor and they should be a handful for Juwan Morgan, Justin Smith, and De’Ron Davis. While those guys are fighting down low though, don’t forget about the guy out on the perimeter helping to run the show for Indiana. After all, this should be a tough game for the Hoosiers and when a game is tough it’s helpful to have a cheat code at the ready.