Jan. 12, 2010
INDIANA (7-8, 1-2 BIG TEN) vs. MICHIGAN (8-7, 2-2 BIG TEN)
January 14, 2010 9:00 p.m. ET
Ann Arbor, Mich. Crisler Arena (13,751)
Series Record: Indiana leads 98-52
TV: ESPN (Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 126; XM: 196
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will take on the Michigan Wolverines for the second time in two weeks when the teams meet in Ann Arbor on Thursday. The teams met on New Year's Eve in Bloomington and the Hoosiers pulled out a 71-65 victory in the conference opener for both teams. The Hoosiers are in the second year of the restoration of the program under Coach Tom Crean and are coming off a 66-60 loss to Illinois. Michigan fell to 2-2 in the conference with a 68-62 loss at home to Northwestern on Sunday.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 203-129 record. 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 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. John Beilein is in his third year atop the Michigan program, where he turned in 11 more wins in year two (21) than in year one (10). He has won 588 career games in 32 years as a head coach, including stops at Erie Community College, Nazareth, LeMoyne, Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia.
HOOSIERS WIN BIG TEN OPENER AGAINST MICHIGAN
HOOSIERS MISS CREEK AND ROTH
Junior Jeremiah Rivers' three-point play with 1:12 to go broke a 61-61 tie, and Indiana, thanks to six free throws from freshman Jordan Hulls in the final 23 seconds, held on to defeat Michigan 71-65 Thursday. Junior Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 20 points and seven assists. Freshman Christian Watford had 19 points , senior Devan Dumes added 11 off the bench and Hulls chipped in 11. The Hoosiers led 34-28 at halftime after trailing by as many as eight points in the first half.
Freshman Maurice Creek
underwent surgery to repair an injured left knee on December 29 and is not expected to return this season and sophomore guard Matt Roth
suffered a broken bone in his right foot (fifth metatarsal) and underwent surgery on Nov. 25. Creek is the top freshman scorer (T-5th overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 16.4 points per game and shot a team-best 44.8% from three-point range making 30 of 67 triples in 12 games. Roth was second on the team last season with 57 three-pointers and hit on 37.3% from long distance.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers are the 337th most experienced team (out of 347) in college basketball according to kenpom.com. During Crean's tenure, the Hoosiers have started an average of three freshmen per game in his 46 games. Indiana has penciled in 139 frosh among the 230 starts that have occured since last season.
Indiana returns to Bloomington on Sunday, January 17 for a 4:30 p.m. matchup with Minnesota.