Jan. 16, 2009
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INDIANA (5-11, 0-4 Big Ten) vs. PENN STATE (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2009, 6:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,537 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU Leads, 27-4
Last Meeting: at Penn State 68, Indiana 64 [OT] (3/9/08)
TV: BTN (Wayne Larrivee and Jim Jackson)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and will host Penn State on Saturday night. This will begin a stretch of four of five games in Assembly Hall for the Hoosiers who are coming off a 77-53 road loss to Ohio State. Penn State is coming off a 78-73 loss at home to Michigan State.
IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5), fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (35), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (60), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and 10th in overall victories (1,640). Indiana has won 20 Big Ten Championships and has the best winning percentage in conference games only at nearly 60.0 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than IU with 53.
THE LEAST EXPERIENCED TEAM IN BIG TEN HISTORY
Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced non-first year programs in Big Ten history on the floor in 2009. Of players who played in league games last season, Indiana returns just 19 points and 185 minutes of experience. The second least experienced team is Iowa with 405 points and 1418 minutes played. The average of the remaining nine teams in the league is 755 points returning and 2418 minutes. Overall, Indiana lost 98.8 percent of its scoring and 96.9 percent of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana named Tom Crean
as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-11 with the Hoosiers. 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 teams have never faced Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are led by Ed DeChellis who is 70-97 and is in his sixth year at Penn State
ODDS AND TRENDS
Freshman Tom Pritchard notched his fifth double-double of the season with a 16-point, 11-rebound effort at Ohio State. Freshman Nick Williams leads the Hoosiers in scoring in Big Ten play averaging 12.0 points per game. Indiana has led at halftime in six of seven home games this season. The Hoosiers rank among Big Ten leaders with a +6.7 rebounding edge after four conference games. Indiana has outrebounded each of its four Big Ten opponents this season.
JONES III HAS BEEN STRONG AS A STARTER
Freshman Verdell Jones III started five of the first six games before suffering a concussion against Cornell. He returned to the lineup three games later and was later put back in the starting lineup against Lipscomb five games ago. Since that time, he has averaged 10.2 points and 3.8 assists. In the last four games, he has averaged 4.3 rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 8.5 points and 2.5 assists.