Jan. 9, 2014
| Indiana (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten) at Penn State (9-7, 0-3 Big Ten)
||Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
||12:00 p.m. ET
||University Park, Pa. Bryce Jordan Center (15, 261)
||BTN (Kevin Kugler & Stephen Bardo)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
||Indiana Stats | Penn State
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will visit Penn State on Saturday. The Hoosiers are defending Big Ten champions but return just one starter from last year's team which finished 14-4 in conference play. The Hoosiers boast a three-game winning streak against the Nittany Lions in the Bryce Jordan Center, including a 74-51 decision last year.
The Hoosiers are third in the nation in rebound margin at +12.8 per game, are fourth in total rebounds per game at 45.4 and are sixth in the nation in free throws made and ninth in free throws attempted. In the last three games, IU has shot 41.9 percent (18 of 43) from three-point range.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 66-21 (.758 winning pct.) and 44-4 at home. Last year, Miami (FL) and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 284-183 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 66-21 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Pat Chambers is in his 3rd season with the Nittany Lions.
FERRELL SHOWS B1G IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is the Hoosiers top scorer averaging 17.7 points and is one of the three most improved scorers at a major conference school (+10.1) from last season. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 45.2 percent of his three-point shots after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game at 42 after making 23 a season ago. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and had 24 points against Stony Brook and Washington. Ferrell was also named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, seventh in assists, sixth in FT percentage, and fourth in 3-point FG pct. He had a career-high 30 points at Illinois.
VONLEH HAS BEEN TOP B1G FROSH
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. Vonleh is averaging 11.8 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the league in shooting (54.6) and his six double-doubles also is a league best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (17) and free throws made (68) and attempted (95). He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 16.6 per game.
SHEEHEY PROVIDES LEADERSHIP
Senior Will Sheehey has averaged 14.6 points and shot 54.2 percent from the field in his last five games. He tied his career-high with 22 points against Notre Dame and followed that up with 14 points against Nicholls State and 15 against Kennesaw State. He had nine point and five rebounds against Illinois. He also earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic after he averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals in the four-game event. The Stuart, Fla., native hit the game-tying and game-winning three-pointers against LIU Brooklyn earlier this season and connected on the game-winning jumper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the final seconds against VCU. Hit hit all three of his long distance shots against Michigan State.
Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no team has made more free throws in the country during that span (1,660) than IU. The Hoosiers also are second in free throw attempts (2,222), third in 3-point percentage (40.3), fifth in field goal percentage (48.3) and eighth in scoring (78.4).
IN THE BIG TEN
The Hoosiers are first in rebound margin (12.8) and second in the league in rebounds (44.5), and three-point defense (28.0). IU is third in scoring (80.3) and fourth in blocked shots (5.2) . IU also has a league-best 41.8 offensive rebounding percent.