No. 11/13 Hoosiers Visit Nebraska Wednesday
Jan. 16, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is ranked 11th by the Associated Press and 13th 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.
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.
Doc Sadler is in his sixth season as the head coach at Nebraska and is 98-79 with the Huskers. Overall, it is his eighth season as a Division I head coach and he has compiled a record of 146-97, which includes a tenure at Texas El-Paso.
Indiana has shot 49.7 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are ninth in the nation in field goal shooting and in scoring (80.8). The Hoosiers are also averaging 19.1 points per game off of turnovers. IU is second nationally among BCS teams making 18.6 free throws per game.
Freshman Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times. He was also named a Second Team Midseason All-American by the Sporting News and SI.com. Zeller leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is first in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He had a Big Ten-high 23 points against Minnesota and had 16 points at Ohio State.
Sophomore Will Sheehey is averaging 10.4 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 sixth in the nation shooting 52.6 percent from long distance. He is averaging 12.3 points and has made 41-of-78 triples. He is averaging 17.3 points over the last three games.
Junior Christian Watford had 25 points and seven boards against Michigan and had 26 points and 10 boards against Michigan State. He is averaging 12.9 points and 5.4 boards per game this season. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,067 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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