Jan. 7, 2011
| Indiana (9-7, 0-3 Big Ten) at Northwestern (9-4, 0-3 Big Ten)
||Jan. 9, 2011
||7:00 p.m. ET
||Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena - 8,117)
| Series Record
||Indiana leads, 109-46
| Last Meeting
||Northwestern 73, Indiana 58 (March 11, 2010 - Big Ten Tournament)
||Big Ten Network (Brian Anderson and Shon Morris)
|| IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
| Live Stats
||Indiana | Northwestern
||Indiana | Northwestern
| Social Media
||@TomCrean | @IUShanaDan
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road for the second straight game when they travel to take on Northwestern in Evanston at 7 p.m., on Sunday night. IU is in a stretch which began December 22 where they are playing six of nine away from Assembly Hall. Last Tuesday night, the Hoosiers fell 67-63 at No. 21 Minnesota. Northwestern returns home after losing at Illinois, 88-63.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 215-149 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.
Bill Carmody is in his 11th season as head coach at Northwestern and his 15th season overall as a college head coach. He has compiled a 241-191 overall record and is 149-166 with the Wildcats. Carmody served as head coach at Princeton for four seasons and was 92-25 before moving to Evanston for the 2000-01 season.
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.
Indiana is second in the league in field goal percentage hitting 48.5 percent from the floor. IU made 25 of 50 field goal attempts against Ohio State and has made at least half of its shots in nine games this season.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 45 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 955 career points and has averaged 13.0 points for his career.
Sophomore Christian Watford is eighth in the Big Ten averaging 16.4 points per game, which is the most of any sophomore in the Big Ten. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (82.8) and has made a league-high 82 free throws in 95 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.6 percent), and also is sixth overall in the Big Ten hitting 56.8 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 11.7 points in Big Ten play.
Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in the last four games and is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor during that time. He also is seventh in the league in steals at 1.50 per game.
A GLANCE AT NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern is led by John Shurna and his 21.3 points per game and 58 percent shooting from 3-point land. Michael Thompson is averaging 14.8 points and Drew Crawford is pouring in 14.6 points per contest. As a team, Northwestern shoots 40.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 47.4 percent from the floor as a team. One area that the Wildcats have struggled is in the rebounding department, where they are outrebounded 33.9 to 32.2 per game.