Postgame Notes - Indiana vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 17, 2011
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series with the Fighting Irish, 48-21 and IU head coach Tom Crean improves to 6-4 all-time against the Fighting Irish.
Indiana is now 10-0 on the season, the best start since the 1989-90 season, and IU is the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Ten Conference after Illinois lost to UNLV earlier in the day.
IU has now won three games away from Assembly Hall this season, with victories at Evansville
The victory improves the Hoosiers record in Indianapolis to 72-18 and is the first win in Indy since Dec. 22, 2006, snapping a five-game skid.
Also with the win, IU improves to 7-2 all-time against Notre Dame in games played in Indianapolis.
Notre Dame started the game 4-for-6 from the field through the first 6:27 in the first half, but went the final 14:33 without making a field goal - going 0-for-14 to allow IU to turn a seven-point deficit into a 26-20 halftime lead. The drought continued into the second half for 1:33 to give the final drought total of 16:06 without a field goal.
After ND's Jack Cooley hit a free throw at 13:10 of the first half to give the Irish a 15-6 lead, the Hoosiers went on a 20-5 run to close the half.
The Hoosiers held a 40-28 advantage on the boards, matching the best advantage in a game this season (+12 vs. Gardner-Webb).
Included in those 40 team rebounds were 16 on the offensive end, a season-high. It's also the seventh consecutive game with at least 10 offensive rebounds.
Indiana shot 18-for-22 (.818) from the free throw line including 14-for-17 in the second half. It's the second consecutive game the Hoosiers have shot 80-percent from the charity stripe and fifth time overall this season
Jordan Hulls connected on a pair of free throws to extend his consecutive free throws made streak to 54 dating back to last season.
Indiana held a 36-22 edge on points in the paint and 17-7 advantage in second chance points. The Hoosiers are averaging 33.3 points per game in the paint.
Freshman Cody Zeller led all scorers with 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal in 27 minutes. It is his second career 20-plus point game and the ninth game with double digits in the scoring column.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo tallied 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. He has now scored in double figures eight times this season and 18th time in his career.
Junior Jordan Hulls scored 12 points - connecting on both 3-point attempts, while adding three assists and one steal. It is the 33rd time he has reached double figures in his career and the seventh time this season.
Junior Christian Watford finished with 10 points, aided by a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line, to reach double figures for the 52nd time in his career. He has 947 career points and remains at 46th place on the career scoring list.
Sophomore Will Sheehey collected nine rebounds to set a career high.
Senior Verdell Jones III dropped in four points to go with six rebounds in 33 minutes. He now has 1,208 points in his career to remain at 31st on the IU career scoring list, trailing Tom Coverdale for 30th by nine points.
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