March 4, 2012
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March 4, 2012
Indiana finishes the regular season with a 24-7 record and an 11-7 mark in the Big Ten. It is the most wins for IU since 2007-08 (25) and the most conference victories since the same year (14).
With its 11-7 Big Ten record, Indiana secures the fifth seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers will take on 12th-seeded Penn State approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of game one on Thursday, March 8.
The Hoosiers are the most improved team in the country with a plus-12 in the win column over last year. It is the biggest single-year improvement in school history, besting the 1990-91 team (11).
IU's eight-win league improvement matches the school record for a single-year improvement, joining the 1952-53 squad.
The win gives Indiana the regular season sweep against Purdue, marking the first time IU has swept the Boilermakers in the regular season since the 2005-06 season.
Indiana also swept the season series against Penn State this year.
IU's fifth place finish is its best since finishing third in the 2007-08 season.
Indiana hit 20 field goals in the first half while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. The field goal total ties a season high for the most in a single half. IU's shooting percentage in the opening frame ties for the second-best percentage for the Hoosiers in a half.
IU connected on 10-of-18 3-point field goals, marking the fifth time this year the Hoosiers have hit 10 or more 3-pointers in a game and the second time in Big Ten play. Indiana is 5-0 in those games. IU has now shot 50 percent or better from downtown in 12 games this season.
At the start of the game, Purdue took an early 4-3 lead at the 19:10 mark, when IU went on a 12-2 run to break the game open over the next 5:18 of action. Indiana got seven points, three rebounds and two assists from junior Christian Watford during that stretch. The Hoosiers did not trail from that point.
IU made eight 3-pointers in the first half, marking the third time this season that IU has had eight-or-more 3-point field goals in a half (nine vs. Howard and nine vs. UMBC).
With tonight's win, the Hoosiers finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record against opponents from the state of Indiana. Those wins include Evansville, Butler, Notre Dame and Purdue (twice).
Indiana outscored Purdue in the paint, 32-24.
The Hoosier bench topped the Boilers bench in scoring, 18-14.
IU had eight fastbreak points to Purdue's four.
Junior Christian Watford led Indiana with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. He also added six rebounds and two assists. Watford has now scored in double figures in 67 career games and 20 times this year.
Watford moved into 33rd on Indiana's career scoring list, passing Quinn Buckner (1,195). He now has 1,199 career points and trails Jeff Newton (1,203), who ranks 32nd.
Sophomore Will Sheehey tallied 16 points, which is a new career high in Big Ten play. Sheehey shot 5-of-7 overall from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. His three 3-pointers tied a career-high. Sheehey has now scored 10-or-more points 11 times this season and 14 times in his career.
Freshman Cody Zeller scored in double figures for the 27th time this season with his 13 points. Zeller shot 4-of-6 from the field and collected seven rebounds with two blocks and one steal.
Junior Jordan Hulls finished with 10 points, shooting 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point rage. Hulls also dished for five assists, marking the eighth time this season he has tallied five or more assists in a game. Hulls has now scored in double figures 47 times in his career and 20 times this year.
Senior Matt Roth shot a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range for his nine points. Roth has now hit three or more 3-point field goals in five games this season.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo tallied nine points in the game and tied a career high with eight rebounds. Oladipo also added three assists and one block.
Senior Verdell Jones III scored seven points with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Jones now has 1,347 career points, which ranks 23rd on IU's all-time scoring list. Uwe Blab sits 22nd with 1,357.