Indiana Set To Battle Ohio State in Big Ten Road Opener
Jan. 4, 2010
INDIANA (7-6, 1-0 BIG TEN) vs. OHIO STATE (10-4, 0-2 BIG TEN)
THE OPENING TIP
CREEK LIKELY LOST DUE TO KNEE INJURY
HOOSIERS GET IMPORTANT WIN AGAINST MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN POSTGAME NOTES
- Trailing 21-14 with 10:44 to play in the first half, Indiana went on a 15-0 run to take a 29-21 lead with 5:18 remaining (its largest lead of game). Jones III led the way with seven of the 15 points during that span.
- Head Coach Tom Crean has often emphasized the importance of guard rebounds this season, and it showed against Michigan. IU's top three rebounders were all guards (Jeremiah Rivers, 9; Jones, 8; Hulls, 5) and 25 of Indiana's 31 boards came from the guards.
- Indiana has been victorious in its Big Ten opener two of the last three seasons. The Hoosiers defeated Iowa in Iowa City, 79-76, on Jan 2, 2008.
- The Hoosiers turned the ball over eight times in the first 15:49 of play but gave the ball away just once in the final 24:11 to match a season low with nine turnovers.
- Indiana's 71 points is the most scored in a Big Ten game since an 81-point output against Ohio State on Jan. 31, 2009.
- IU's nine turnovers are the fewest by an IU team in Big Ten action since March 14, 2008, against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament (seven). It is the fewest in a Big Ten regular season game since Feb. 13, 2008, against Wisconsin (five).
- Indiana's first lead of the game at 22-21 came on a layup from Jones at 9:18. Jones was 5-of-7 from the field in the first half.
- Michigan opened the game 4-of-5 from behind the arc before missing eight in a row and 10-of-11 to end the first half. The Wolverines finished the game hitting 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from three-point range.
- Indiana started the game 2-of-7 from the field but finished the first half making 11-of-19 for a 50 percent average (13-of-26).
- Michigan took a 56-55 lead with 3:16 to play, its first lead since 9:19 remaining in the first half. The Hoosiers responded with a 4-0 run to go back up 59-56. They would never trail again.
- With the game tied at 61, Jeremiah Rivers converted a three-point play to give the Hoosiers a 64-61 lead with 1:12 to play. It was Rivers' first field goal of the game.
- Jordan Hulls was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 23.8 seconds of the game. Hulls made his second career start and finished with 11 points, eight of which came at the charity stripe (8-8). He also had five rebounds and two assists in a career-high 35 minutes.
- Verdell Jones III led the team with 20 points, shooting 50 percent (7-14) from the field. It is Jones' second 20-point game of the season (20 vs. Pittsburgh). Jones III has scored 20 or more points in three-straight Big Ten games dating back to last season. He also matched his career high with three steals.
- Christian Watford had a career-high 19 points, topping his old mark of 18 set in the win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 8. Watford was 7-of-12 from the field while also pulling down three rebounds. Watford scored six of Indiana's first nine points, going 3-of-5 from the field. He had 10 points in 13 minutes in the first half. Watford has run his consecutive double-digit scoring streak to four games.
- Devan Dumes started the game 2-for-2 from the three-point line and had nine points in the first half on 3-of-5 shooting. He finished the game with 11 points in 22 minutes of action.
- Jeremiah Rivers tied his career high with nine rebounds. It is the most rebounds for Rivers in an IU uniform, as his previous tally came against St. John's in 2008 while he was at Georgetown. Rivers also added two assists, a block and a steal.
- Tom Pritchard finished with just two points and two rebounds, but he posted a resounding block of Anthony Wright on a fastbreak during the Hoosiers' 15-0 run. He added an assist and a steal.
- Derek Elston was a perfect 2-for-2 from the field for four points, while also pulling down two rebounds in 10 minutes of play. It is the third time this season Elston has been perfect from the field in a game.
- Bobby Capobianco has now appeared in all 13 games, seeing five minutes of action against the Wolverines.
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