On the Road Again
January 10, 2002Hoosiers Aim to Continue Perfect Big Ten Start
After matching its longest stay at home this season at two games, Indiana heads back out on the road to face the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will square off in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m. est.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. It will also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith.
Inside the Series
Indiana holds an 86-62 edge over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the all-time series. the Hoosiers and Hawks met twice last season, Iowa coming away victorious both times. IU fell 71-66 in a regular season bout in Iowa City. The two teams found themselves in the battle for the Big Ten title in Chicago where Iowa slipped past Indiana, 63-61.
The Hoosiers have not won in Iowa City since January 11, 1994, topping the Hawkeyes 89-75. Indiana is 36-38 on Iowa's home turf, losing its last six games at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Hoosiers On a Roll In Big Ten
With an 83-65 win over Michigan State, the Hoosiers have their best conference start since the 1993-94 season when they began 3-0 before falling to Purdue. Indiana has not had a 4-0 Big Ten start since the 1992-93 season. The Hoosiers went 17-1 in the conference that year, claiming the Big Ten championship.
Offense Gets it Done
Indiana's 83 points against Michigan State was the third most this season. The Hoosier offense got started early against the Spartans, putting up 48 points in the first period, the most Indiana has scored in a first half this season. The 18-point victory was Indiana's largest over MSU since 1993 when the Hoosiers drilled the Spartans 99-68.
The Bomb Is Back
Indiana loves the long ball, it is just a matter of how hot the Hoosiers can get on a given night from three-point land. IU connected on 14 treys, shooting 53.8 percent from beyond the arc in its win over Michigan State. Five of Indiana's first eight baskets against the Spartans came from long range. The 14 three-point baskets are tied for third on Indiana's all-time three-pointers made in a game list. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers topped the old record of 15 with 16 three-pointers against Alaska Anchorage.
The Hoosiers are looking to make their first half performance against MSU a common occurance. Indiana shot a season-best 65.2 percent from the field, including 10-16 from three-point range in the early 20 minutes. Indiana put together a season-high 48 points while holding its opponent to only 26 on 10-30 shooting in the early going.
Doing it With Defense
Indiana set a Big Ten record last year when it held its opponents to .382 from the floor. The Hoosiers have gotten off to a good start in conference play holding Northwestern to .340 from the floor and to just 44 points and then coming back to hold Penn State to just 54 points and .388 from the floor. The 44 points allowed against the Wildcats was the lowest amount surrendered in Big Ten play by an Indiana team since 1992.
After three Big Ten games, the combined numbers show the Hoosiers holding Big Ten opponents to 54 points per game and .391 from the floor.
Why Defense is So Important
Indiana defeated Penn State and shot just 28 percent from the floor in the game, hitting just nine field goals in the first half and just five in the second half.
Jeffries Putting it all Together
There wasn't much Jared Jeffries couldn't do against Michigan State. Jeffries netted 21 points on the evening, shooting .500 from the field including two three-point baskets into his mix. He led the team in rebounding, pulling down eight boards. Jeffries dished out a career-high seven assists and pushed his game to a new defensive level with a career-high six blocks against the Spartans. A foul on Jeffries did little good for MSU as Jeffries put in nine of 10 from the free throw line.
Fife Found a Friend in the Hall
Senior Dane Fife made his mark in Assembly Hall against Michigan State. Fife tallied 14 points on 5-8 from the field. He netted four three-pointers, the most he has ever hit in front of a home Hoosier crowd. If fact, Fife has only scored in double-digits on home turf twice before in his career, scoring 11 points against Wyoming and 10 points against Purdue during his sophomore season.
From Slumping to Streaking
Tom Coverdale and Hoosier fans alike are hoping that the Michigan State performance marked the end of a recent shooting slump. Coverdale came out on fire, a perfect 6-6 from beyond the arc in the first half against the Spartans. For the game, Coverdale shot 8-10 from the field.
Against Kentucky and Eastern Washington, Coverdale had netted a total of four points and shot 0-for-11 from the floor. He began the Big Ten season against Northwestern on a high note, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from three, but over the previous five games before MSU he shot 11-of-41 (.268) from the floor and in the six games prior to MSU shot 5-for-26 (.192) from three-point range.
Charity Stripe to the Extreme
After shooting just two free throws and missing both of them against Northwestern, Indiana went to the line 38 times against Penn State scoring 32 points from the stripe, three more than the Hoosiers scored from the floor. Indiana returned to "normal", connecting on 15-19 against Michigan State.
Odle Already Having a Career Year
Senior Jarrad Odle has made a statement to kick off his final Big Ten season as he helped lead the Hoosiers to a 59-44 win at Northwestern to earn only his second career Big Ten start against Penn State. Odle netted a career-high 16 points and added a career-best and team-high 15 rebounds against the Wildcats and added 11 points and a team-high nine boards against the Nittany Lions.
Odle got his second consecutive start of the season against Michigan State and added eight points to a winning cause.
On the season Odle is averaging 7.4 points per game, 4.2 points more than his career average heading into this year. He already has 35 points in conference play this year. He scored a total of 10 points in Big Ten play as a freshman, 35 as a sophomore and 24 as a junior. Overall on the season, Odle has netted 96 points, 10 more than his career best which came last season.
Stepping Up Against the Hawkeyes
The current Indiana roster has combined to score a total of 88 points in 19 career games played. Jared Jeffries leads all Hoosiers with 29 career points (14.5 per game) against the Hawkeyes.
This Indiana team will be looking to do something not many of the players has experienced yet. Only Dane Fife, Jarrad Odle and Jeff Newton have played in a win over Iowa and no player on the roster has ever won in Iowa City.
Nation's Third Toughest Schedule
Indiana's strength of schedule ranks third in the country according to the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) report. Only Arizona and Temple have schedules that rank higher.
The Hoosiers have faced five undefeated teams this season and two more had just one loss when they met Indiana.
The combined record of the five teams that Indiana has lost to this season is 58-10.
Jeffries Among Nation's Top Players
Jared Jeffries, a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, has been listed as one of the top 30 candidates for the Wooden Award in its preseason report. He was also recently named to Dick Vitale's All-Versatility team.
Jeffries has led the Hoosiers in scoring in two of their first three Big Ten games, netting 17, 17 and 21. He went 8-for-14 from the floor against Northwestern and 11-of-14 from the free throw line against Penn State. Jeffries turned it up against Michigan State, scoring 21 points, grabbing eight boards, and swatting six shots.
Jeffries has led Indiana in scoring seven times this season, including in four of the last five contests. On the year the Hoosiers are 6-1 when Jeffries leads them in scoring.
Hornsby Likes Long Distance
Twenty-three of 30 (.767) of Kyle Hornsby's baskets this season have come from behind the three-point line. A total of 76.7 percent of all of the shots that he has taken have been from three-point range.
He has been a streak shooter as of late. Facing Michigan State, Hornsby shot 3-4 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. Against Penn State he was 1-of-7 (.142) from the field and 0-for-6 from three-point range. In the prior three-game span against Eastern Washington, Butler and Northwestern, Hornsby hit 11-of-20 (.550) from the field and 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range. Prior to that three-game stretch he was hitting 30.9 percent from the floor and 27.5 percent from three-point range.
Newton Off to His Best Start
Jeff Newton has quietly been a key contributor for the Hoosiers in their first three Big Ten games. Against Northwestern he scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds while blocking four shots. Against Penn State he scored nine points and added seven rebounds along with three blocks. Newton was a perfect 4-4 from the field against Michigan State and grabbed four rebounds to add to his nine points.
The 23 points and 19 rebounds and seven blocks is the best Big Ten start of his career. Last year he scored 19 points, had 10 rebounds and no blocked shots in his first three games. As a freshman season he scored 12 points, had seven boards and swatted seven shots after three games.
All or Nothing
There seems to be no in between when it comes to the Hoosiers three-point shooting this season. It is either make or miss.
Strong Shooting (9-1)
Alaska-Anchorage-W 16-24 School record for threes in a game
Michigan State- W 14-26 Ten first half threes
Texas-W 11-21 Sixth most threes in IU history
Eastern Washington-W 10-16
Butler-L 9-16 Seven first half threes
North Carolina-W 9-26 Nine first half threes
Notre Dame-W 7-17
Northwestern-W 7-19 5-9 in the second half
Ball State-W 6-20
Total 94-199 (.472)
Poor Shooting (1-4)
Penn State-W 1-14
Southern Illinois-L 4-18
Total 13-84 (.155)
Fife Up and Down Offense
Dane Fife is averaging 9.3 points per game this year, 4.9 points more than his career average heading into this, his senior season. He has twice hit the 20-point plateau, including a career-high 23 points two games ago against Eastern Washington.
He netted 12 points against Butler for his second straight double-digit scoring game and his fifth of the season in 12 games. Coming into this year he had netted 10+ points just 10 times in 94 games.
Fife has scored 139 points this year, already more than he scored his entire freshman season and his entire sophomore campaign. His career-best for points in a season is 173 which he netted last year.
He had been slowed offensively in Big Ten play scoring five points all from the free throw line on 0-10 in the first two games of conference play. But, in game three against MSU, Fife stepped up and netted 14 points on 4-6 from three-point land. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate, has also held strong on the other end of court. He held Northwestern's Winston Blake to five points on 2-of-9 from the floor.
75 Points Means Victory
Indiana has won its last 20 games dating back to the 1999-2000 season when it scores 75+ points. Over that same time span the Hoosiers are 12-22 when scoring less than 75 points.
The Difference Between Winning and Losing
Stat In Wins In Losses
Field Goal Percentage .463 .356
3Pt Field Goal Percentage .441 .244
Points Per Game 76.2 55.6
Jeffries Points Per Game 19.2 11.2
Jeffries Field Goal Percentage .500 .328
Jeffries 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .500 .000
Fife's Points Per Game 10.5 6.8
Fife's Field Goal Percentage .493 .351
Fife's 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .575 .368
Protecting the Ball
As is the case with most teams, Indiana commits less turnovers at home. The Hoosiers average 9.3 turnovers at Assembly Hall and own a 4-0 record. Away from the Hall the Hoosiers have turned the ball over six more times per game and own a 6-5 record in those games.
Game Starters Points
Michigan St. (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 73
Penn State (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 47
Northwestern (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 39
Butler (L) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 54
E. Washington (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 62
Kentucky (L) Jeffries, Newton, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 27
Miami (L) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 26
Ball State (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 47
Notre Dame (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 54
So. Illinois (L) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 43
No. Carolina (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 46
Texas (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 59
Marquette (L) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 37
Alaska-Anch. (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 65
Charlotte (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 51
Coverdale Connecting from the Line
Tom Coverdale is shooting .932 from the free throw line this season as he has missed just three times in 44 attempts. The school record for free throw percentage in a season is .921 which was set by Steve Alford in 1984-85. In Big Ten play Coverdale is a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
For the second time this season Indiana came back to defeat an opponent when the Hoosiers erased an 14-point deficit against Penn State. With the exception of that game and a come from behind victory at Charlotte, Indiana's victories for the most part have come when the Hoosiers have gotten out to an early lead and held that lead for nearly the entire game.
Opponent Minutes Led Outcome
Michigan State 40:00 W
Penn State 5:48 W
Northwestern 40:00 W
Butler 33:17 L
Eastern Washington 40:00 W
Kentucky 1:39 L
Miami 4:55 L
Ball State 38:38 W
Notre Dame 40:00 W
Southern Illinois 6:35 L
North Carolina 39:06 W
Texas 32:48 W
Marquette 34:34 L
Alaska-Anchorage 40:00 W
Charlotte 6:40 W
Three-Point Record Could Fall
Four times this season Indiana has connected for 10+ threes in a game including a school-record 16 against Alaska-Anchorage. They also netted 14 long balls against Michigan State, 11 treys against Texas and 10 against Eastern Washington and hit nine in the first half against North Carolina.
On the season Indiana has hit 7.1 threes per game. At this current pace the Hoosiers would drain 192 threes during this regular season. The school record of 197 which was set back in 1992-93.
Scoring in the Last 5:00
Scoring in the last 5:00 of a game was no more important than it was against Penn State when the Hoosiers grabbed their first lead since 2-0 with 5:49 left and hung on for the victory.
Jared Jeffries leads the Hoosiers in scoring in the final 5:00 of games as he has 39 points during that window. Twenty (23.3 percent) of A.J. Moye's 86 points have come in the final 5:00.
Player Points Free Throws
Jeffries 39 20-25
Coverdale 28 15-17
Moye 20 12-18
Fife 17 6-8
Leach 9 1-2
Newton 10 4-4
Hornsby 7 0-0
Tapak 5 0-0
Perry 7 3-6
Odle 4 0-0
Johnson 3 0-0
10+ From Coverdale Spells Success
Tom Coverdale has scored in double digits 30 times on his career and the Hoosiers own an impressive 22-8 (.733) in those games.
Player No. of 10+ point games IU Record
Jeffries 43 29-13
Coverdale 30 22-8
Newton 22 16-6
Hornsby 16 12-4
Fife 17 11-5
Moye 5 3-2
Odle 4 3-1
Leach 1 0-1
Career Double Digit Rebounding
Player No. of 10+ rebound games IU Record
Jeffries 7 5-2
Newton 2 1-1
Hornsby 1 1-0
Leach 1 0-1
Moye 1 1-0
Odle 1 1-0
Indiana's bench has scored 296 points this season, an average of nearly 20.6 per game. The high came against Alaska-Anchorage when the bench scored 36 points.
Bench Scoring Total Leader
Michigan State 10 Newton, 9
Penn State 14 Newton, 10
Northwestern 20 Odle, 16
Butler 10 Newton, 6
E. Washington 24 Moye, 7
Kentucky 25 Odle, 12
Miami 27 Coverdale, 16
Ball State 27 Coverdale, 19
Notre Dame 22 Coverdale, 11
Southern Illinois 17 Newton, 11
North Carolina 33 Coverdale, 17
Texas 18 Coverdale, 11
Marquette 12 Odle, 8
Alaska-Anchorage 36 Odle, 14
Charlotte 14 Leach. 8
Coverdale and Fife Among Top 20 in Assists
Dane Fife's and Tom Coverdale's career assist totals rank in the top 20 on Indiana's all-time assist list.
15. Lyndon Jones 306 1988-91
16. Greg Graham 304 1990-93
17. Neil Reed 285 1995-97
18. Dane Fife 248
19. Tom Coverdale 236
Fife Stealing History
Dane Fife currently ranks third on IU's all-time career steals list.
1. Steve Alford 178 1984-87
2. Greg Graham 151 1990-93
3. Dane Fife 149
4. Alan Henderson 148 1992-6
Climbing the Points Scored List
Four current Hoosiers rank among IU's top 100 all-time scorers.
55. Joe Hillman 733 1985-88
56. Keith Smart 725 1987-88
57. James Harris 724 1970-71
58. George McGinnis 719 1971
59. Jared Jeffries 708
74. Todd Jadlow 571 1986-89
75. Don Ritter 560 1971-73
76. Dane Fife 554
77. Tom Coverdale 550
78. Gary Long 548 1959-61
79. Peter Obremsky 546 1956-58
80. William Gladness 534 1998-99
Todd Leary 534 1990, 1992-94
82. Hebert Lee 532 1959
83. William Menke 530 1939-41
84. Steve Risley 515 1978-81
85. Kenneth Gunning 512 1935-37
86. Ernest Andres 511 1937-39
87. Jeff Newton 503
Swatting Away Records
IU is averaging 6.1 blocked shots per game this season. At this current pace the Hoosiers would swat away 174 shots this regular season. The all-time school mark of 178 blocks was set last year.
George Leach leads the block party with 37 of them.
Jeff Newton ranks second on the team in blocks and continues to climb the school's all-time list. His 28 blocks this season brings his career total to 130 which ranks sixth on the all-time list.
4. Ray Tolbert 152 1978-81
5. Eric Anderson 137 1989-92
6. Jeff Newton 133
First half scoring 516 34.4
First half margin +69 +4.6
First half shooting .445 189-425
Second half scoring 524 34.9
Second half margin +58 +3.9
Second half shooting .414 171-413
Most Points, half 1st: 48, Michigan State
2nd: 57, Alaska-Anchorage
Fewest Points, half 1st: 20, Southern Illinois
2nd: 20, Kentucky
Most Pts. Allowed, half 1st: 36, Texas
2nd: 45, Notre Dame
Fewest Pts. Allowed,half 1st: 17, Marquette
2nd: 19, Northwestern
Best FG%, half 1st: .652, Michigan State
2nd: .595, Alaska-Anchorage
Worst FG%s, half 1st: .258, Southern Illinois
2nd: .208, Penn State
Best Defensive FG%,half 1st: .276, Marquette
2nd: .281, Charlotte
Worst Defensive FG%,half 1st: .500, Kentucky
2nd: .636, Southern Illinois
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