March 24, 2012
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Indiana vs. Kentucky
Indiana finished the 2011-12 season with a 27-9 record. The Hoosiers reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. IU claimed its first NCAA victory since 2007.
With their 27 wins, the Hoosiers are tied for the sixth most wins in school history. The 27 wins matched the record for the most wins by a Tom Crean coached team. His Marquette Final Four team in 2003 was 27-6.
The Hoosiers are now 62-31 (.667) all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Tom Crean is now 7-6 in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana is now 11-10 all-time in the Regional Semifinals and 2-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament when playing as a No. 4 seed.
IU is 2-3 all-time when playing in Atlanta in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoosiers 90 points are their most in a NCAA Tournament game since scoring 108 points in a 20-point victory over George Washington in the first round on March 11, 1999. Indiana has reached 90 points 17 times in NCAA Tournament play.
Indiana drilled 36 field goals on 69 field goal attempts. The field goals made represents the team's second-highest total this season and the most in a NCAA Tournament game since hitting 38 against George Washington in 1999. The 69 attempts mark IU's highest total this year and the most in a NCAA Tournament game since attempting the same number in the second round against Gonzaga on March 18, 2006.
IU closed the game shooting 52.2 percent. The Hoosiers broke 50 percent in all three of their NCAA Tournament games.
The Hoosiers finished with a season-best 52 points in the paint and carded a 52-44 advantage in the contest.
Indiana posted 16 assists on its 36 field goals with just eight turnovers. It marked IU's 16th game with 15-or-more assists and seventh game with single-digit turnovers this year. The Hoosiers recorded at least 15 assists and fewer than 10 turnovers on five occasions.
The Hoosiers shot 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the floor in the first half. IU reached the 55-percent mark in at least one half in each of its three tournament games. Indiana shot 64.3 percent in the second half against New Mexico State and 66.7 percent in the first half against VCU.
Indiana's 47 first half points are the most Kentucky has allowed in a half this season. It also marked the Hoosiers most points in a half in a NCAA Tournament game since a 49-point second half against Gonzaga in 2006.
After Kentucky grabbed a 29-20 lead with 10:30 left in the first half, Indiana used a 23-10 run to take a 43-39 advantage over the next 7:01.
All five of Indiana's starters scored in double figures. It marked the seventh team IU put five or more in double figures this season.
Junior Christian Watford finished with a season-high 27 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in a team-high 36 minutes.
The 27 points are the second-highest total of his career, his fifth 20-point game this season and the 10th of his career. He scored in double digits 26 times this year, including eight straight to end the year, and 71 times in his career.
Watford made 33 consecutive free throws dating back to the Feb. 19 game at Iowa before missing his first attempt tonight. He finished the year making 39 of his final 41 free throws (95.1 percent).
He is 30th on Indiana's all-time scoring list with 1,187 career points.
Freshman Cody Zeller posted 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. He shot 9-of-14, reached 20 points for the seventh time and netted double figures for the 32nd time.
Junior Jordan Hulls netted a career-high nine assists in 33 minutes. He finished the evening with 12 points, three rebounds and one steal. Hulls has scored in double figures 51 times in his career and 25 times this season.
Hulls moved past Isiah Thomas into 45th place on Indiana's career scoring list. He now has 970 points in his career and is eight shy of Matt Nover, who sits in 44th place.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo netted 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three assists and two rebounds before fouling out. Oladipo has scored double figures 29 times in his career and 21 times this season.
Sophomore Will Sheehey went 5-of-8 from the floor and collected 10 points. Prior to fouling out, Sheehey added four rebounds and one steal. He reached double digits for the 12th time this year and the 16th time in his career.
Seniors Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth and Daniel Moore appeared in what turned out to be their final game as Hoosiers. Pritchard collected three rebounds in 13 minutes, while Roth saw 14 minutes of action.
Freshman Remy Abell led the Hoosiers with six points off the bench in 14 minutes. He hit 2-of-3 shots, made both of his free throws and grabbed one rebound.
Junior Derek Elston pulled down three rebounds in eight minutes.