Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Michigan State
Feb. 16, 2010
Indiana vs. Michigan State
- Indiana won the battle of the boards, 30-24. The Hoosiers and Spartans grabbed 13 defensive boards apiece.
- IU's 17 offensive rebounds marked the 17th time this season the Hoosiers have hit double digits in offensive boards and the ninth time in 13 Big Ten games, including six of the last seven. Indiana has had 17 or more offensive rebounds six times this year.
- The Hoosiers' prowess on the offensive glass resulted in 21 second-chance points, compared to 14 for the Spartans.
- Michigan State's 24 rebounds were the fewest by an IU opponent this season.
- The Hoosiers were 25-of-28 (89.3 percent) from the free-throw line for their highest percentage of the season and the second best in the Tom Crean era (89.5 percent at Northwestern, 1/29/09).
- Indiana went to the free-throw line 14 times in the first half, connecting on 13 shots (92.9 percent). It is the most first-half FT attempts since IU went to the line 20 times in the first 20 minutes at Penn State.
- The Hoosiers started 20-for-21 at the free-throw line, which would have represented the fourth-best percentage in a game in IU history. At one point the Hoosiers made 11 free throw attempts in a row.
- Indiana held Michigan State to 32 points in the second half, marking the second time this season a Big Ten opponent has been held to 32 or fewer second half points (30 vs. Iowa).
- Indiana held Michigan State's top three scorers (Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Raymar Morgan) under their season averages with 13, 10 and 7 points, respectively.
- The lead changed hands five times in the first half, with the scored tied on six different occasions.
- The Hoosiers limited Michigan State to 16 percent shooting (1-for-6) from the three-point line in the first half and held the Spartans under 30 percent for the game (3-of-11). It is the second time in the last three games that IU's opponent has shot less than 30 percent from behind the arc.
- Verdell Jones III finished in double digits for the ninth straight game with a team-high 20 points. Eleven of Jones' 20 points came at the stripe. He has five 20-point games in conference play and is averaging 17.3 points in Big Ten competition.
- Jones was a perfect 6-for-6 from the FT line in the first half and finished 11-of-12. Jones has gone to the line 12 or more times in two of the last four games and five times overall this season. He has hit 28-of-30 (93.3 percent) free throws in the last five games.
- Bobby Capobianco's first bucket of the game was a three, his second straight game with a three-point basket and the fourth of his career.
- Christian Watford had 14 points, his fourth straight double-digit game and 20th overall. Watford was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line and is 13-of-16 from the stripe over the last two games. Watford also had six rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass, tying his career high in offensive boards.
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