Jan. 12, 2009
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INDIANA (5-10, 0-3 Big Ten) vs. OHIO STATE (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten)
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2009, 7:00 p.m. ET
Value City Arena - 19,029 (Columbus, Ohio)
Series Record: IU Leads, 101-71
Last Meeting: at Indiana 72, Ohio State 69 (2/26/08)
TV: ESPN (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin, Erin Andrews)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and will visit Ohio State on Tuesday night, the third road game among the first four conference games for the Hoosiers. Indiana is coming off a 76-45 loss at Illinois, while Ohio State defeated Houston Baptist, 89-65, on Friday night. The Hoosiers won both meetings last year, 59-53 in Columbus, and 72-69 in Bloomington. Ohio native Tom Pritchard, a 2008 graduate of Lakewood St. Edward, is the top freshman scorer and rebounder in the conference averaging 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds.
IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5), fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (35), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (60), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and 10th in overall victories (1,640). Indiana has won 20 Big Ten Championships and has the best winning percentage in conference games only at nearly 60.0 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than IU with 53.
THE LEAST EXPERIENCED TEAM IN BIG TEN HISTORY
Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced non-first year programs in Big Ten history on the floor in 2009. Of players who played in league games last season, Indiana returns just 19 points and 185 minutes of experience. The second least experienced team is Iowa with 405 points and 1418 minutes played. The average of the remaining nine teams in the league is 755 points returning and 2418 minutes. Overall, Indiana lost 98.8 percent of its scoring and 96.9 percent of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-10 with the Hoosiers. 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. His teams have never faced Ohio State. The Buckeyes are led by Thad Matta who is 116-38 at OSU. He is 3-5 overall against Indiana.
ODDS AND TRENDS
Freshman Nick Williams leads the Hoosiers in Big Ten play averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. He also is eighth in league play in field goal percentage at 52.9 percent. Of the Hoosiers 45 points scored against Illinois, 41 of them came from freshmen. Senior Kyle Taber had a layup and junior Steven Gambles added a dunk at the buzzer. Indiana is third in the league in steals at 7.3 per game.
COLUMBUS AREA ATHLETE HELPING HOOSIERS
Junior right handed pitcher Eric Arnett (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) has been practicing and traveling with the Hoosiers throughout the regular season. He has not played in a game because his scholarship would count toward the IU men's basketball total this season which is currently at 10. He was 4-5 with a 5.45 ERA last year and is projected to be drafted this summer.