Men's Basketball

    No. 7/8 Hoosiers Visit No. 5 Ohio State Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Will Sheehey
    Go Hoosiers!
    Will Sheehey
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 13, 2012

    No. 7/8 Indiana (15-2, 3-2) at No. 5/5 Ohio State (15-3, 3-2)
     Date Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
     Time 4:30 p.m. ET
     Location Columbus, Ohio - Value City Arena (18,809)
     Television CBS (Verne Lundquist & Clark Kellogg)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 93, XM 190
    Game Notes Indiana | Ohio State
    Statistics Indiana | Ohio State
     Internet Coverage Gametracker
     Social Media @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates

    Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will visit Ohio State on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers are coming off a 77-74 loss at home to Minnesota. Ohio State fell at Illinois 79-74 on Tuesday night. Indiana is 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.

    This is the first all top-10 matchup for IU since the No. 10 Hoosiers played No. 9 Maryland in December, 2002 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Indianapolis. It is the first all top-10 matchup on the road for IU since the No. 1 Hoosiers traveled to No. 9 Iowa in February, 1992.

    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.

    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 233-164 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 and selected by as the Midseason Coach of the Year.

    Thad Matta is in his eighth season as the head coach at Ohio State and is 205-60 with the Buckeyes. Overall, it is 12th season as a Division I head coach and he has compiled a record of 307-91 with stops at Butler (one season) and Xavier (three seasons).

    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 10th in the Sagarin Ratings, in and in the RPI.

    Indiana has shot 50.1 percent from the field, 45.9 percent from 3-point range and 73.8 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, eighth in scoring margin (17.4) and eighth in scoring (81.9). The Hoosiers are also averaging 19.9 points per game off of turnovers. IU is second nationally among BCS teams making 19.2 free throws per game.

    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 and Zeller leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is first in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 64.5 percent of his field goal attempts. He had a Big Ten-high 23 points against Minnesota.

    Sophomore Will Sheehey is averaging 10.8 points per game, which is the highest among Big Ten non-starters. He had 12 points against Minnesota in 15 minutes after missing five games with a lower left leg injury. He was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational.

    Junior Jordan Hulls had 28 points and hit 7-of-9 3-pointers to lead IU at Penn State. He is third in the nation shooting 55.6 percent from long distance. He is averaging 12.4 points and has made 40-of-72 triples. He is averaging 14.0 points over the last three games and is shooting 60.0 percent from long distance.

    Junior Christian Watford had 25 points and seven boards against Michigan and had 26 points and 10 boards against Michigan State. He is averaging 15.0 points and 6.6 boards in his last five games. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,054 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.




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