No. 12 Hoosiers Take On No. 16/13 Michigan Thursday
Jan. 3, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are ranked 12th by the Associated Press and in the USA Today/Coaches poll, and entered the rankings for the first time under Tom Crean's tenure after the Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky 73-72, on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. This week is the 502nd appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs).
The Hoosiers return 93.3 percent of their scoring with 2,078 of 2,226 points returning.
John Beilein is in his fifth season as the head coach at Michigan and has a 79-69 record with the Wolverines. Overall, this is his 30th year as a head coach with a mark of 555-344 including stops at Nazareth, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia.
Indiana has shot 50.2 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are sixth in the nation in field goal shooting, seventh in scoring margin (27.7) and ninth in scoring (82.6). The Hoosiers are also averaging 22.8 points per game off of turnovers.
Junior forward Christian Watford was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky. He is averaging 19.7 points and 8.3 points in his last three games, while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,015 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He is averaging 13.7 points per game and is third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting (50.0).
Freshman forward Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times, most recently for the week of Dec. 19. He leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 64.3 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is 17th in scoring, second in field goal percentage, 13th in rebounds and seventh in steals.
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.2 points and 5.4 rebounds and is shooting 51.2 percent from the floor. He is tied for the team lead with 26 steals, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten (1.9). He had 15 points, six boards and three steals against Ohio State.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.9 points and has made 31-of-57 long distance shots and is shooting 43.3 percent from 3-point range during his career. He had 17 points and made four of five threes against OSU. He is second in the Big Ten and third nationally in 3-point field goal shooting (54.4).
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