Postgame Notes - Penn State vs. Indiana (Big Ten Tournament)
March 8, 2012
The 75-58 win over Penn State gives Indiana its first victory in the Big Ten Tournament since March 10, 2006, when they defeated Wisconsin, 61-56.
The 17-point margin of victory is the second-largest for IU in Big Ten Tournament play (77-49 against Penn State on March 13, 2003).
The 75 points scored is the most for IU in a Big Ten Tournament game since March 11, 2004, against Ohio State (83 points).
Indiana improves to 25-7 on the season, the 11th time an IU team has recorded 25 or more victories. IU has won five straight games overall and eight of its last nine.
The Hoosiers defeated Penn State for the third time this season. The last time IU defeated a team three times in a season was Ohio State during the 1997-98 season
Indiana is now 9-14 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament but has a 2-2 mark when playing as the No. 5 seed. The Hoosiers advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and will play No. 4 seed Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. IU is 2-0 all-time against the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament.
Three different IU players pulled down 10 rebounds in the game, the first time a Big Ten team has done that since Dec. 19, 2000, when Michigan State did it against Seton Hall.
Indiana set the following team records in Big Ten Tournament play: Free Throws Made: 29 (previous high was 26 on March 9, 2001 vs. Wisconsin) Team Rebounds: 45 (previous high was 37 done five times, with the most recent March 12, 2004)
Indiana set or tied the following individual records in Big Ten Tournament play: 3-point field goals Made: 4 - Jordan Hulls ( A.J. Guyton (twice), Verdell Jones III on March 12, 2009) Free Throws Made: 11 - Cody Zeller (previous high - 10 by Jared Jeffries on March 9, 2001 vs. Wisconsin) Free Throw Attempts: 15 - Cody Zeller (previous high - 13 by Bracey Wright on March 15, 2003 vs. Illinois) Free Throw Percentage: 1.000 - Christian Watford (10-of-10)
IU started the second half with a 16-2 run to break the game open and take a 54-34 lead over the Nittany Lions.
The 16 offensive rebounds against Penn State are the most in the Big Ten Tournament for IU since March 12, 2004, against Illinois.
The Hoosiers made 29 free throws in the game, the eighth time this season IU has made 25 or more in a game. Indiana is 8-0 in those games.
The 45 overall rebounds in the game match the second-best team total this year for IU (53 at Purdue).
Indiana made eight 3-point field goals against Penn State, the ninth time the Hoosiers have made at least that many this season. IU is 8-1 in those games.
Penn State shot 34.5 percent from the field for the game - the eighth opponent to be held under 35 percent by Indiana this year (8-0 record).
Indiana held a clear edge in second-chance points (20-8) and bench points (12-4).
Junior Jordan Hulls led Indiana in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. Hulls now has 914 career points to move into 51st place on the IU scoring list, passing John Laskowski (903). Ken Johnson holds onto 50th with 919 career points. He has scored in double figures 48 times in his career and reached at least 20 points on five occasions.
Freshman Cody Zeller scored 19 points on 11-of-15 shooting at the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game making it his fourth double-double of the season. He has reached double figures in the scoring column 28 times.
Junior Christian Watford was the third IU player in double figures with 14 points, led by a 10-of-10 effort at the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game for his 11th career double-double and fourth of this season. The perfect effort at the free throw line is the best since Eric Gordon went 14-of-14 on Dec. 29, 2007, against Chicago State. He now has 1,213 career points which moves him past Jeff Newton and into 32nd place on the IU career scoring list. He has also scored in double figures 68 times in his career.
With Zeller and Watford posting double-doubles, they are the first IU teammates to record double-doubles in the same game since Dec. 3, 2007, when D.J. White (29 points, 13 rebs) and Jamarcus Ellis (10 points, 10 assists) did it versus Tennessee State.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds to go with his five points, two assists, one block and one steal.
Sophomore Will Sheehey scored five points, hauled in three rebounds while handing out a pair of assists and coming away with a steal.
Senior Matt Roth connected on a pair of 3-point field goals in the first half for his six points.
Junior Derek Elston drained a 3-point field goal and made a free throw for his four points.
Senior Tom Pritchard grabbed two rebounds in ten minutes.
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