No. 7/8 Hoosiers Visit No. 5 Ohio State Sunday
Jan. 13, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
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.
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).
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 SI.com. 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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