Jan. 15, 2010
INDIANA (7-9, 1-3 BIG TEN) vs. MINNESOTA (12-5, 3-2 BIG TEN)
January 17, 2010 4:30 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Indiana leads 86-59
TV: Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and Greg Kelser)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 91 XM: 196
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Assembly Hall on Sunday. In last year's meeting in Assembly Hall, the Gophers pulled away late to claim a 67-63 win over the Hoosiers. Indiana is coming off a tough 69-45 loss at Michigan on Thursday while Minnesota enters following a 60-53 defeat at Michigan State on Wednesday.
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 203-130 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. Tubby Smith is in his third year in charge of the Minnesota program, where he is 54-30. Overall, he has turned in an overall 441-175 in his 19th season as a head coach with stops at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky, where he won a national championship.
WATFORD HAS SOLID GAME AGAINST MICHIGAN
Freshman Christian Watford had 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists against Michigan on Thursday night. The Birmingham, Ala., native is the top active freshman scorer in the conference averaging 12.8 points. In addition, he leads all Big Ten frosh in rebounds (5.6) and free throw percentage (78.9). He also is tied for the conference lead in scoring in conference games only at 14.0 points per game.
Champaign, Illinois native Verdell Jones III
is the second leading sophomore scorer in Big Ten games, averaging 15.5 points per game.
HOOSIERS MISS CREEK AND ROTH
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.
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 47 games as Indiana has penciled in 142 frosh among the 235 starts that have occured since last season. In the last two seasons, freshmen have accounted for 70 percent of the team's scoring (902 of 1298 points) and 66 percent of the team's minutes played (2927 of 4425) in 22 Big Ten games under Coach Crean.
The Hoosiers head back out on the road for a Thursday night tussle at Penn State, starting at 7p.m. on ESPN2.