Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Big Ten Play at Iowa

    Go Hoosiers! Kyle Taber
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kyle Taber
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 1, 2009

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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana will begin its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference when it travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. Last year, the Hoosiers also opened league play in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and came home with a 79-76 triumph. IU swept the season series winning 63-43 at home, later that month. The Hoosiers will play three of their first four conference games on the road.

    HOOSIER HISTORY
    IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5), fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (35), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (60), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and 10th in overall victories (1,640).

    Indiana has won 20 Big Ten Championships and have the best winning percentage in conference games only at 60.0% (844-562). No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than IU with 53.

    THE LEAST EXPERIENCED TEAM IN BIG TEN HISTORY
    Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced non-first year programs in Big Ten history on the floor in 2009. Of players who played in league games last season, Indiana returns just 19 points and 185 minutes of experience. The second least experienced team is Iowa with 405 points and 1418 minutes played. The average of the remaining nine teams in the league is 755 points returning and 2418 minutes.

    Overall, Indiana lost 98.8 % of its scoring and 96.9% of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-7 with the Hoosiers. He came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 (66.4) in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four. He has never faced Iowa.

    Indianapolis native Todd Lickliter is 23-23 in his second year with Iowa and 154-84 overall which includes six years as the head coach at Butler.

    FRIENDS NOW FOES
    Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley was a member of the Iowa staff during the 2006-07 season. Indiana guards Brett Finkelmeier and Daniel Moore attended Carmel High School as did Iowa guard Jake Kelly.

    SIX OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS FOR IU ARE FROSH
    True freshmen have accounted for 69% of the team's minutes played (1910 of 2400) and 70 % of its scoring (697 points of 743). In addition, six of the teams top seven scorers are frosh. Freshman Tom Pritchard leads Big Ten rookies in rebounds (7.7) and in scoring (12.9), is second in field goal percentage (57.6), and fourth in blocked shots (1.1). Overall, he is the top offensive rebounder in the league averaging 3.8 per game. Daniel Moore is the top freshman in assists (4.2). Nick Williams is the third leading rebounder among freshmen at 4.8 per game.

    RADIO CHANGE FOR SATURDAY
    Due to a conflict with the Indianapolis Colts playoff game in San Diego, Saturday's Big Ten opener at Iowa can now be heard in Indianapolis on WIBC-FM 93.1 instead of WLHK-FM 97.1. The pre-game show begins at 4 p.m. with tip-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

    BIG TEN OPENERS
    The Hoosiers are 5-4 since 2000 in conference openers. This will be the seventh time this decade, and third straight occurrence that Indiana has opened the league season on the road.

    ODDS AND TRENDS
    Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 16.2 points and is shooting 37.8% from three-point range (14/37) in the last five games. Freshman Matt Roth is shooting 50.0% (11/22) in six non-home games this season. Daniel Moore has started nine games at point guard, more than any other freshman walk-on in the country.

    UP NEXT
    The Hoosiers will host nationally ranked Michigan on Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

     

     

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