IU Postgame Notes vs. Kentucky
Dec. 10, 2011
IU Postgame Notes vs. Kentucky
It is the first IU win over the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll since knocking off Duke 74-73 on March 21, 2002 in the NCAA Tournament. It is the first time IU has defeated a top 10 team since an 80-61 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Feb. 16, 2008, and the first win over an top 5 team since beating No. 2 Wisconsin 71-66 on Jan. 31, 2007.
It is Indiana's first win over a No. 1 team at home since Jan. 7, 2001, when the Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Michigan State, 59-58.
With Christian Watford's game-winning 3-point field goal at the buzzer, it is the first time IU has hit a game-winning 3-point shot at the horn to defeat a No. 1 team since Kirk Haston nailed a game-winner from beyond the arc against No. 1 Michigan State on Jan. 7, 2001. The Hoosiers beat Kentucky for the 24th time in the series, moving the series to 24-31. IU beats its intrastate rival for the first time since December 8, 2007, and the third time in 12 seasons.
The Hoosiers shot 60% from the three-point arc, hitting 9-of-15 in the game and 7-of-9 in the second half. The nine threes are the most in a game this season for the Hoosiers, and it is the second time this season that they have shot 60 percent or better from behind the arc (61.5% vs. Butler). Three players combined for all nine threes, with Christian Watford making four, Jordan Hulls hitting three, and Will Sheehey knocking down two.
Both teams shot 17 free throws with the Hoosiers shooting 82.4% and the Wildcats hitting at a 58.8% clip. It is the fourth time this season that IU has been 80% or better from the charity stripe. It is the third time this season that an opponent has shot under 60% from the line in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers led 30-29 at the half against the Wildcats, marking the third consecutive meeting between the two teams that one team has held a one-point lead at the break.
Indiana had five players in double-figures, as Christian Watford had 20, Victor Oladipo had 13, Jordan Hulls had 11, Cody Zeller had 11 and Will Sheehey had 10. It is the second time this season that IU has had five players in double figures (vs. Evansville on 11/16/11).
The Hoosiers forced 17 Kentucky turnovers and outscored the Wildcats in points of turnovers, 23-19.
IU won the battle of the offensive glass over UK, 14-10, and also outscored the Wildcats in second chance points, 16-10.
Christian Watford had a season-high 20 points to lead all scorers. Watford shot 8-of-15 from the field and hit on 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc, including the winning 3-point field goal at the horn. Watford now has 937 career points and is now ranked 46th on IU's all-time career scoring passing Ken Johnson, Neil Reed, Wayne Radford and John Ritter during Saturday's game. The junior has now scored in double-figures in four games this season and it is the 51st first time he has scored 10 or more points in his career.
Victor Oladipo tallied 13 points in the contest, making it his fifth-consecutive game scoring in double figures and his seventh of the season. Oladipo tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven which ties his career-high. The junior has scored 10 or more points in a game on 17 times in his career.
Cody Zeller finished with 11 points and seven boards on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Five of Zeller's rebounds came on the offensive end which ties a career-high for offensive caroms. Zeller has scored in double-digits in eight of IU's nine games including the last seven consecutively.
Jordan Hulls scored 11 points shooting 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-7 from the field overall. Hulls also had a career-high four steals in the game and added five assists. The Bloomington, Ind., native has had 32 career games of 10 or more points and six on the season, including the last four contests.
Will Sheehey was IU's leading bench scorer with 10 points in a reserve role. Sheehed was a perfect 2-of-2 from long distance and he has now led the Indiana bench in scoring in eight of the nine games this season.
Verdell Jones III tallied eight points with three assists in the game, including the assist that found an open Watford for the game winning shot. Jones moved to 31st on the IU all-time career scoring list with his 1,204 points, passing former Hoosier Jeff Newton during today's game.
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