Men's Basketball

    No. 12 Hoosiers Visit Penn State Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Jordan Hulls
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jordan Hulls
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 6, 2012

    No. 12 Indiana (14-1, 2-1) at Penn State (9-7, 1-2)
     Date Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
     Time 12 p.m. ET
     Location University Park, Pa. - Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
     Television BTN (Tom Hart and Dan Bonner
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 94/XM 190
    Game Notes Indiana at Penn State
    Statistics Indiana | Penn State
     Internet Coverage Gametracker
     Social Media @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will visit Penn State on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers are coming off wins at home over then No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) and No. 13 Michigan (73-71). Penn State defeated Purdue, 65-45, at home on Thursday night. 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.

    IU is the first Big Ten team since Minnesota in 1952-53 to defeat the top two ranked teams in the same season. This week is the 502nd appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs). The Hoosiers returned 93.3 percent of their scoring from last year with 2,078 of 2,226 points back.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 232-163 all-time as a head coach and picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Minnesota last season, his first against ranked opponents at Indiana. 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. 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. Crean was named midseason winner of the Jim Phelan Award which is the National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com.

    Patrick Chambers is in his first season as the Penn State head coach after spending the previous two seasons at Boston University and compiling a 42-28 mark with the Terriers.

    QUICK HITS
    This year's Hoosier squad joins the 1942-43, 1974-75 and 1975-76 teams as the only Indiana teams to start the season 12-0. The Hoosiers are 4th in the Sagarin Ratings, 9th according to kenpom.com and 15th in the RPI.

    Indiana has shot 50.5 percent from the field, 45.6 percent from 3-point range and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are fourth in the nation in field goal shooting, seventh in scoring margin (19.5) and ninth in scoring (82.0). The Hoosiers are also averaging 21.2 points per game off of turnovers.

    Junior Christian Watford is the top scorer in Big Ten play averaging 20.3 points. He had 25 points and seven boards against Michigan and had 26 points and 10 boards against Michigan State. He is averaging 18.6 points and 7.4 boards in his last five games, while shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,040 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kentucky earlier this year.

    Freshman 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 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.6 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is 15th in scoring, first in field goal percentage, 16th in rebounds and 15th in steals.

    Sophomore Victor Oladipo is averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds He leads the team with 28 steals, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten (1.9). He had 15 points, six boards and three steals against Ohio State. He had the game-winning layup in the final minute to give IU the win over the Buckeyes.

    Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.3 points and has made 32-of-58 long distance shots and is shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point range during his career. He had 17 points and made four of five 3's against OSU. He is second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally in 3-point field goal shooting (55.3).

     

     

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