Postgame Notes - Indiana at Kentucky
Dec. 11, 2010
Indiana Postgame Notes
Indiana used the starting lineup of Jordan Hulls, Jeremiah Rivers, Maurice Creek, Christian Watford and Derek Elston for the first time this season and the first time ever. The Hoosiers had used the same starting lineup in each of the first eight games this season.
It was the first time since Dec. 12, 2008 that Verdell Jones was not in the starting lineup and just the fourth time in 68 games that he was not part of the starting five.
Kentucky holds a 31-23 advantage in the all-time series.
Kentucky shot just 36.1 percent from the field in the game, the seventh opponent to fail to shoot over 40 percent in a game this year against the Indiana defense.
The Hoosiers' two best games in terms of turnovers committed have come in true road games this season. Indiana committed 14 on Saturday at Kentucky and has a season-low 10 at Boston College earlier in the year.
The Hoosiers had 12 assists on 23 made baskets in the game. The nine assists for UK are tied for the second-fewest by an IU opponent this season.
It is just the second time this season that Indiana was outrebounded, as UK held a 45-33 edge on the boards.
IU shot 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the floor in the first half at Kentucky, the 11th time the Hoosiers have shot at or above 50 percent in a half this season.
Indiana was 12-of-16 at the free throw line for a season-best 75 percent.
Indiana held a 17-11 advantage in points off the bench, the sixth time in nine games the IU bench as outscored the opponent.
Christian Watford led IU with 19 points and has scored in double figures in all nine games so far this year. His 19 field goal attempts were a career high and he was one rebound shy of a double-double.
Tom Pritchard came off the bench and was a defensive presence in the paid, recording three blocked shots. It is his fourth game with multiple blocked shots this season and the 14th of his career. The junior from Westlake, Ohio, also added five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.
Verdell Jones III scored five points and is now 110 points shy of becoming the 42nd player in Indiana history to record 1,000 points in their career. He also led IU with five assists in the game and just one turnover.
Derek Elston scored four points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 mintues.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls dropped in 10 points, had two rebounds, three assists and one steal before fouling out late in the second half.
Freshman Victor Oladipo was once again a spark plug off the bench with 10 points, four rebounds and a steal. It is the second time this season that Oladipo has reached double figures.
Senior Jeremiah Rivers scored a season-high seven points in 30 minutes.
Sophomore Maurice Creek scored five points and snatched two rebounds in 23 minutes.
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