Jan. 5, 2009
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INDIANA (5-8, 0-1 Big Ten) vs. MICHIGAN (11-3, 1-1) Big Ten)
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,527 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU Leads, 97-51
Last Meeting: Indiana 78, Michigan 64 (Ann Arbor, Mich. - 1/8/08)
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Hamilton and Shon Morris)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and will host its league home opener Wednesday night against Michigan. The Hoosiers are coming off a 65-60 loss at Iowa, while #23/24 Michigan defeated Illinois, 74-64 on Sunday. This will be the first trip to Assembly Hall for the Wolverines since the 2006-07 season when Indiana captured a 76-61 triumph. Last year, the two teams met in Ann Arbor, with Indiana winning 78-64.
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 has 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 percent of its scoring and 96.9 percent 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.
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. His teams have never faced Michigan. The Wolverines are led by second-year coach John Beilein who is 21-25. He is 571-343 in over 30 years as a head coach, where most notably, he spent several years at West Virginia. His Mountaineers and Crean's Marquette squad split two meetings in the Big East.
ODDS AND TRENDS
Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 15.5 points and is shooting 39.0% from three-point range (16/41) in the last six games. Freshman Tom Pritchard is averaging 15.7 points and shooting 70.8% from the floor at home. Daniel Moore has started nine games at point guard, more than any other freshman walk-on in the country.
The Hoosiers will visit Illinois on Saturday, January 10 at 3 p.m., then hit the road again to go to Ohio State on January 13 for a 7 p.m. contest in Columbus.