Nov. 27, 2011
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Indiana Postgame Notes
Nov. 27, 2011 - vs. Butler
Indiana captured the 2011 Hoosier Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record.
Will Sheehey earned most valuable player honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls and Butler guard Chrishaw Hopkins.
IU now holds a 37-13 edge in the all-time series against Butler.
Indiana is now 6-0 on the season and has won all six games by 16 or more points. IU is also 6-0 for the second-straight season.
Indiana entered the game having not trailed since the 6:21 mark of the first half against Chattanooga - a span of 146:21. The streak came to a close at the 13:31 mark of the first half when Butler's Ronald Nored made the second of two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead and end the streak at 152:50.
Indiana collected 14 steals on the night, the second-best total for the Hoosiers this season. It is also the second time this season that IU has tallied double-digit steals (15 vs. Chattanooga).
The Hoosiers shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from beyond the arc in the game. It is the first time Indiana has shot over 60 percent from long distance since shooting 62.5 percent vs. George Mason on Nov. 22, 2009 in Puerto Rico.
Indiana shot 80.6 percent from the free throw line, marking the second time this season that IU has shot over 80 percent from the charity stripe.
As a team, Indiana had six blocks on the night, making it the third time this season that the Hoosiers have had five or more rejections in a game.
IU forced 21 Butler turnovers for the game. It is the second time this year the Hoosiers have forced over 20 opponent mistakes (25 vs. Chattanooga).
Indiana scored 23 points off of Butler turnovers. The Hoosiers are now averaging 23.7 points off of turnovers through six games.
Indiana trailed by no more than three points the entire game. For the season, the Hoosiers have trailed by no more than four points in any game this season.
With his appearance off the bench tonight, senior Tom Pritchard has now appeared in 100 games during his college career at Indiana.
Will Sheehey made a 3-point field goal with 4:33 in the first half to give the Hoosiers a two-point lead. The Hoosiers did not make another field goal until 14:21 in the second half - a span of 10:12 - during which IU increased its lead to six.
Will Sheehey finished the game with a career-high 21 points. Sheehey shot 5-of-8 from the field including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. It is the fifth time in six games that Sheehey has tallied double-digit points this season, and the eighth time in his career. He also added three rebounds and two assists. Sheehey has led the IU bench in scoring in every contest this year.
Jordan Hulls tallied 14 points while shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Hulls also extended his free throws made streak, which now stands at 47-consecutive free throws dating back to last season. It is the 29th time in his career that Hulls has tallied 10 or more points and the third time this year. The junior also had three assists, two steals and two rebounds.
With his two points tonight, Verdell Jones III now has 1,178 career points and still sits 33rd on Indiana all-time career scoring list. Jones also had four rebounds and one assist for the game.
Christian Watford finished with seven points, two rebounds, two blocks and one assist. Watford now has tallied 892 career points and moved up three spots IU's all-time career scoring list to 51st position passing Michael Lewis, Wally Choice and Pat Graham during tonight's game.
Cody Zeller scored 16 points on the night and has been in double-figure points in five of Indiana's six games, including the last four games consecutively. The freshman shot 4-of-9 from the field and went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. He also brought down eight rebounds, had three steals and two blocks. With his three steals on the night, Zeller is now averaging 2.7 steals per game.
Victor Oladipo had 10 points and seven rebounds for the game. Oladipo has scored in double-figures four times this season and it is the 14th time in his career. He also had two steals and a blocked shot.
Senior Matt Roth had five points in seven minutes of play off the bench for the Hoosiers shooting 1-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.