No. 12 Hoosiers Visit Penn State Sunday
Jan. 6, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
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.
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.
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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