Dec. 31, 2011
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Indiana Postgame Notes
Dec. 31, 2011
Indiana vs. Ohio State
• With its 74-70 victory over No. 2 Ohio State, Indiana becomes the ninth team since the 1996-97 season to beat teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season and the third team since 1996-97 to knock off teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the same month. The last time a team beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same season was 2009-10 (Louisville, Tennessee).
• It is the first time that Indiana has ever defeated teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season. Indiana beat two top-two teams for the first time since the undefeated season in 1975-76 (No. 2 UCLA, No. 2 Marquette). It is the first time IU has beaten two top-three teams in one season since 2001-02 (No. 1 Duke, No. 3 Oklahoma).
• The win is Tom Crean’s first ever over Ohio State. Crean is 4-4 in his career against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2 and 7-10 vs. teams ranked in the top five.
• Indiana had five players score in double figures for the first time since they had six players score 10-plus vs. Howard. It is the third time this season that IU has had five with 10 or more.
• The Hoosiers outscored the Buckeyes in the paint, scoring 38 points down low, compared to 34 for the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers join Kansas as the only teams to outscore the Buckeyes in the lane this season.
• Indiana bettered OSU in points off turnovers (16-13), second-chance points (9-4) and fastbreak points (9-0).
• IU had 12 turnovers and forced Ohio State into 17 in the game, including four in the last 1:24. The 17 turnovers are the second most on the season for Ohio State (19 vs. VMI) and marks the second time this season they have lost the turnover battle.
• Indiana’s four-point margin of victory was IU’s largest lead of the game. The Hoosiers trailed by as much as 10 in the game.
• Victor Oladipo finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He added six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. Oladipo started the game 0-of-4 and hit seven of his final nine shots for his 19th career double-digit game.
• Cody Zeller finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. It is the freshman’s 11th career game with double digits in the scoring column.
• Verdell Jones III finished with 14 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist. Jones finished 6-of-6 from the free throw stripe. The effort is Jones’ 64th career game with double-digit points.
• Jones moved past Dick VanArsdale on Indiana’s all-time scoring list. The senior’s career total of 1,248 ranks 28th in IU lore. Tom VanArsdale is 27th with 1,252 career points.
• Jordan Hulls finished with a game-high 17 points, including 11 in the second half. He added two rebounds, two assists and a block. He shot 6-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the behind the arc. It is his 36th career game with 10-plus points.
• Christian Watford finished with 10 points, six boards, two assists, a block and a steal. Watford scored eight points in the second half. He scored in double figures for the 56th time in his career.
• Watford moves his career scoring total to 1,015, surpassing Jared Jeffries for 42nd on Indiana’s all-time scorer’s list.