Indiana hosts UNCG on Friday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
A preview of the third game of the Hoosiers Showcase against Lamar on Saturday in Assembly Hall
Indiana hosts the Mustangs on Thursday as part of the Hoosiers Showcase
The Hoosiers will host Texas Southern in the first of four games as part of the Hoosiers Showcase
Notes, quotes and links as the Hoosiers prepare to open the season on Friday at 7 p.m.
Tim Buckley is the senior member on Coach Crean's staff and will enter his seventh season with the Hoosiers.
He has been a part of a staff which has posted a 73-31 record the last three seasons and has led the country during that time in three-point field goal percentage (39.4), free throws made per game (18.3) and is second among major colleges in free throw percentage (74.6) and field goal percentage (47.5).
IU has defeated a national best 10 programs ranked in the top 10 in the last three years. IU also leads the Big Ten with 15 regular season wins against the Top 25 in that same span.
He helped put the Hoosiers back into the national spotlight as they advanced to back-to-back Sweet 16's and finished 13th and seventh in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
IU has landed a McDonald's All-American each of the last four years with Cody Zeller (2011), Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (2012), Noah Vonleh (2013) and James Blackmon, Jr. (2014). In addition, Vonleh and Troy Williams played in the 2013 Jordan Classic as did Blackmon, Jr. in 2014.
With Voneleh selected ninth this past year in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, IU is one of two school's in the country to produce three lottery picks in the last two drafts. Victor Oladipo (2nd) and Cody Zeller (4th) were chosen by Orlando and Charlotte respectively in 2013.
In 2012-13, IU won its first outright Big Ten title in 20 years, saw Victor Oladipo earn Sporting News National Player of the Year honors, boasted two first team All-Americans in Oladipo and Cody Zeller and saw both of them picked among the first four selections of the NBA Draft. IU was 29-7 and was 7-3 against nationally ranked opponents.
Indiana led the country in free throws made (672) and was third in scoring margin (16.5), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (40.8), fifth in scoring (78.6), eighth in field goal percentage (.482) and 11th in rebound margin (7.3). Their 7-2 record in road games in the Big Ten was tied for the best road record among major college conference's in the country.
The 2011-12 Hoosiers finished 27-9 and defeated the No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (Michigan State) ranked programs in one season. In addition, the staff saw Zeller earn All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
In addition, IU led the Big Ten conference in scoring, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage and posted a 15.5 game improvement in the standings, tying a Big Ten record.
The Hoosiers finished second nationally in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in field goal accuracy and 11th in free throw percentage.
Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-2006, returned to the Hoosier state in April 2008, as an assistant coach at Indiana after helping Marquette to a second round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08. It was the second time that Buckley had been on Crean's staff at Marquette and will be the third Big Ten school that he has worked at in his 20-plus year career, which has included stops at Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Aurora, Illinois native was the top assistant on Crean's first ever Marquette squad in 1999-2000 when the Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record that year and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament.
He returned to Marquette after spending the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach under Steve Alford at Iowa. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 overall record.
Buckley spent six seasons as the head coach at Ball State, where he compiled an overall record of 143-139. The squad posted an 18-12 record in his debut season and captured 23 victories in year two.
The Cardinals claimed the Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2001-02 and went on to participate in the NIT where they made it to the Elite Eight of that event. The season was also highlighted by wins over No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 UCLA at the Maui Invitational.
Before his first stint at Marquette, Buckley spent five seasons at BSU as an assistant before returning as program mentor. The Cardinals posted an overall record of 88-55 during his tenure as an assistant, competing in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 1998 NIT. BSU won the MAC Tournament in 1994-95 and earned a share of the league title in 1997-98.
His first experience in the Big Ten came at Wisconsin in 1993-94. The Badgers earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947 that season, advancing to the second round and posting an overall record of 18-11.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Bemidji State from 1986-88 and moved to Rockford College as an assistant in 1988-89.
He was tabbed head coach at Rockford in 1989 and reached 50 victories there faster than any coach in the school's history.
He was the youngest coach in the nation during his debut campaign at Rockford and helped the squad to a 16-9 record, the first winning season for the school in seven years.
Buckley has served on the Executive Committee for the Mid-American Conference, a regional committee for the NCAA and the Division III NCAA Tournament Committee.
He served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware County while living in Muncie, Ind.
Buckley earned his bachelor's degree in communications in 1986 from Bemidji State and completed his master's work in administration of physical education at the University in 1988.
He played two seasons of basketball at Waubonsee (IL) Community College before completing his career at Bemidji State. He was inducted into the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Waubonsee Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Buckley and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Meredith (18).
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