No. 7/8 Hoosiers Take On Minnesota Thursday
Jan. 10, 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 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.
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.
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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