Men's Basketball

    No. 7/8 Hoosiers Take On Minnesota Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Remy Abell
    Go Hoosiers!
    Remy Abell
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 10, 2012

    Minnesota (12-5, 0-4) at No. 7/8 Indiana (15-1, 3-1)
     Date Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
     Time 8 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
     Television BTN (Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 128/XM 191
    Game Notes Minnesota at Indiana
    Statistics Indiana | Minnesota
     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 play host to Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Hoosiers have won three in a row and are coming off an 88-82 win at Penn State (Jan. 8). Minnesota lost at home to Purdue, 79-66. The Hoosiers are ranked 7th by the Associated Press and 8th 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 also edged No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on New Years Eve.

    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 503rd 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 233-163 all-time as a head coach and has five wins over nationally ranked foes in the last calendar year. 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.

    Tubby Smith is in his fifth season as the head coach at Minnesota and has a record of 92-58 with the Golden Gophers. In all, Smith is in his 21st season as a head coach and has a career record of 479-203 with stops at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky, prior to Minnesota.

    QUICK HITS
    With the win at Penn State, IU improved to 3-1 in true road games this season and 4-1 away from home. IU is one of just nine members of the top 25 to have three or more true road wins. The Hoosiers are 4th in the Sagarin Ratings, 8th according to kenpom.com and 6th in the RPI.

    Indiana has shot 50.5 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from 3-point range and 73.0 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, sixth in scoring margin (18.6) and eighth in scoring (82.4). The Hoosiers are also averaging 20.3 points per game off of turnovers. IU is second nationally among BCS teams making 19.1 free throws per game.

    Junior Jordan Hulls had 28 points and hit 7-of-9 3-pointers to lead IU at PSU. He leads the nation shooting 58.2 percent from long distance. He is averaging 12.3 points and has made 39-of-67 triples. In Big Ten games, he has made 12-of-19 from beyond the arc (63.2).

    Senior Matt Roth had 22 points off the bench against Penn State and made 5-of-6 triples in that game. He is second in the Big Ten shooting 58.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. He is averaging 9.4 points in the last five games and is shooting 70.6 from 3-point range in that span. Roth is the sixth Hoosier to eclipse the 20-point mark, a Big Ten best.

    Junior Christian Watford 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 8.0 boards in his last five games, while shooting 56.5 percent from 3-point range. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,050 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 five times, most recently this week. He was also named a Second Team Midseason All-American by the Sporting News. Zeller leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 66.1 percent of his field goal attempts. He had 18 points against Michigan.

     

     

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