Feb. 15, 2012
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Indiana's 71-66 victory moves its win total to 20 for the season. It is the first 20-win season for the Hoosiers since 2007-08 and the 31st 20-win season in school history.
In the last 20 years, only two other IU teams have reached 20 wins in fewer games than the 2011-12 Hoosiers (1992-93: 22 games and 2007-08: 23 games ... the 1999-2000 team also took 26 games).
For the second time this season, IU has won three straight Big Ten games. Prior to this season, the last three-game Big Ten winning streak for IU came in 2007-08.
Indiana held Northwestern to just 1-of-5 shooting and a total of three points in the final 4:19 of the game. During that same stretch, the Hoosiers were 4-of-4 from the field and scored eight points, including all six of senior Verdell Jones III's points in the game.
The Hoosiers finished 2-of-13 from behind the arc in the game. The two made 3-pointers are the least by the Hoosiers this season. Five times this season Indiana has made three trifectas. In six games with three or fewer 3-pointers made, IU is 5-1 with the lone loss at Wisconsin. The last time Indiana made two 3-pointers in a game was March 3, 2011, against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall.
IU held the Wildcats without a field goal for a stretch of 5:49 in the first half. Northwestern went from the 11:02 mark to the 5:13 mark without a bucket. The defensive stand from the Hoosiers coincided with a 16-3 run, turning an 18-12 Northwestern advantage into a 28-21 IU lead.
Indiana outscored NU in the paint, 42-26. The 42 points down low are IU's third-highest total this season.
The Hoosiers finished 15-of-18 from the charity stripe (83.3 percent), marking the third straight game and the 10th time this season that IU has shot 80 percent or better from the line. IU is 9-1 when shooting 80 percent or better from the line.
IU scored 17 points off turnovers, compared to just nine for the Wildcats.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 30-27, and won on the offensive glass, 10-7.
IU's bench outscored Northwestern's, 22-1. Indiana got six points from both Verdell Jones, Will Sheehey and Matt Roth off the bench.
Indiana won the second-chance points battle, 12-8, and outscored Northwestern on the fastbreak, 9-4.
Three players scored in double figures for the Hoosiers, marking the 22nd game this season that IU has had three or more with double digits.
Freshman Cody Zeller scored 23 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action. Zeller hit 9-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Zeller has scored 20-plus points six times and 10 or more 23 times in his career. He has scored 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, joining Christian Watford as the only Hoosiers to do so this season.
Junior Christian Watford scored 12 points and added three rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes. He has scored in double figures 64 times in his career and 17 times this season.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo scored 12 points and added six rebounds, including three on the offensive glass, four assists, two steals, one block and one assist in 31 minutes. He has scored in double figures 24 times in his career and 16 times this season.
Indiana is 12-0 this season when Oladipo scores 11 or more.
Senior Verdell Jones III scored six points, all in the game's final 4:04, and added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block in 18 minutes. He had zero turnovers in the game. In his last six games play, Jones has 24 assists and seven turnovers.
Senior Tom Pritchard finished with four points and six rebounds, all coming in five minutes of play in the first half. All four of his points were second-chance points, moving his season total to 15. He has 15 offensive boards on the year.
Sophomore Will Sheehey scored six points and added one assist, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
Senior Matt Roth hit both of IU's three-pointers to finish with six points. He now has 30 trifectas on the season.