Jan. 13, 2014
| #3/3 Wisconsin (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
||Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
||7:00 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,472)
||ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Dan Dakich & Allison Williams)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
||Indiana Stats | Wisconsin
| Social Media
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 79-76 road win at Penn State, while Wisconsin is off to its best start in school history with a 16-0 record.
In the last seven games, IU is shooting 40.5% from three-point range (47 for 116). The Hoosiers are fourth in the country in rebounding pulling down 44.0 per game and in rebound margin at +12.3 per game.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 67-21 (.758 winning pct.) and 44-4 at home. Last year, Miami (FL) and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 285-183 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 67-21 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Bo Ryan is in his 13th season with the Badgers.
FERRELL SHOWS B1G IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is the Hoosiers top scorer averaging 17.6 points and is one of the three most improved scorers at a major conference school (+9.9) from last season. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 44.0 percent of his three-point shots after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (44) after making 23 a season ago. He is third in the Big Ten in scoring (17.5), sixth in assists (4.2), and fifth in 3-point FG pct. (44.0). He had a career-high 30 points at Illinois and perhaps his best overall game of the season with 15 points, seven assists and just one turnover while not allowing All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier to garner an assist. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and had 24 points against Stony Brook and Washington. Ferrell was also named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List.
VONLEH HAS BEEN TOP B1G FROSH
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He had a career-high 19 points and six rebounds at Penn State and scored the team's first 12 points to earn this week's conference honor.. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. Vonleh is averaging 12.3 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the league in shooting (54.7) and his six double-doubles also is a league best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (18) and free throws made (75) and attempted (103). He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 16.0 per game.
SHEEHEY PROVIDES LEADERSHIP
Senior Will Sheehey has averaged 13.9 points and shot 50.0 percent from the field in his last six games. He tied his career-high with 22 points against Notre Dame and followed that up with 14 points against Nicholls State and 15 against Kennesaw State. He had nine point and five rebounds against Illinois. He also earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic after he averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals in the four-game event. The Stuart, Fla., native hit the game-tying and game-winning three-pointers against LIU Brooklyn earlier this season and connected on the game-winning jumper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the final seconds against VCU. Hit hit all three of his long distance shots against Michigan State. He had nine points, five boards and two assists in the second half against Penn State.