Dec. 19, 2011
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Indiana Postgame Notes
Dec. 19, 2011
The victory improves the Hoosiers to 11-0 on the season, the best start since the 1975-76 season when Indiana went 32-0 on their way to the national title and the last undefeated season in NCAA Division I.
Earlier in the day on Monday, the Hoosiers moved up to No. 17 in the Associated Press poll, marking the 500th appearance in the poll all-time for Indiana. That total is the seventh-most among Division I institutions.
Indiana scored 107 points, which is the most scored by IU under head coach Tom Crean, and it is the most since March 11, 1999, when Indiana had 108 points against George Washigton.
The 107 points is tied for the second-most by any Big Ten team this season and the 57 point margin of victory is the second largest this season.
Score tied 5-5, Indiana embarked on a 47-10 run to close out the first half and take a 52-15 lead into the locker room.
Howard scored 15 points in the first half, tied for the fewest allowed in a half under head coach Tom Crean.
The 52 points scored by the Hoosiers in the first half would have been the second-most in a half under head coach Tom Crean, and the best output in one half this season. But in the second half, IU posted 55 points - the second-most in a half under Crean. The most scored in a half is 62 vs. Northwestern State on 11/26/2010 in the second half.
Indiana shot .673 from the floor (35-of-52), which is the second-best shooting percentage under head coach Tom Crean (.674 vs. Michigan on Jan. 15, 2010).
Indiana had assists on 27-of-35 field goals in the game, including 14 assists on 18 field goals in the first half. The 27 assists are the most in a game under head coach Tom Crean. It is the most assists by IU since they recorded 27 against Nicholls State on 11/18/2005.
IU matched a season-high with 11 3-pointers in the game, including nine in the first half. It is the second-time this season the Hoosiers have made 10+ threes in a game this season (11 at Evansville).
The nine 3-point field goals made in the first half are tied for the most made in a half under head coach Tom Crean. Indiana also made nine in the second half against Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2009 in Assembly Hall.
Seven IU shooters connected from behind the arc in the game, the most on the season. It is the second time this season that six or more players have made threes (vs. Evansville). It is the fourth time this season that five or more players have connected from long range in a game (vs. Stony Brook, at Evansville and vs. Butler).
The Hoosiers had six players in double figures scoring for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010, against Northwestern State.
The Hoosiers got 47 points off the bench, compared to 50 total points for the Bison. The 47 bench points are the most under head coach Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers made it a team effort, getting made field goals from 11 players and seeing 12 players get into the scoring column.
Indiana's turned it over only eight times in the game, compared to 19 turnovers for the Bison. The eight turnovers are fewest this season for IU, and it is the third time this season that Indiana has had fewer than 10 turnovers (Savannah State, Stetson).
Indiana scored 27 points off of Howards 19 turnovers, while the Bison scored just four points off IU turnovers.
Indiana held the edge in points in the paint (38-26), fast break points (13-4) and second chance points (9-4).
Junior Christian Watford finished with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes of play. He was 3-of-4 from the field, including 1-for-1 from the three-point arc.
Freshmen Cody Zeller tallied 12 points, shooting 5-of-6 (83 percent) from the field. He also had six rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals.
Junior Jordan Hulls shot 80 percent from the 3-point arc (4-5) and was 5-of-6 from the field overall for a team-high 16 points. Hulls also had four rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo led the team with eight rebounds and finished with 10 points. He also tallied three assists and one steal in 26 minutes of play.
Senior Verdell Jones III posted 12 points, including a 4-of-5 performance at the charity stripe. His seven assists led the team and went along with four rebounds and a steal.
Sophomore Will Sheehey converted 6-of-10 free throws and was 3-of-5 from the field, finishing with 12 points.
Freshmen Remy Abell had a career night, setting new highs for points (nine) and assists (five). Abel was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line and 2-of-2 from the field.
Senior Tom Pritchard was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, finishing with six points, He also contributed four rebounds and an assist.
Senior Kory Barnett tied his career high with a 3-point bucket late in the game. It is the second 3-pointer of his career.
Redshirt Freshman Raphael Smith was on the board for the first time in his career, contributing two points on a pair of free throws. He also had one rebound.