Jan. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Check out a new edition of Hoosier Highlights, a feature on facts and figures for the No. 2/2 Indiana men's basketball team. Each edition will include a condensed version of regular game notes provided to the media before each game.
Record: 15-2, 3-1 (Have won four of its last five Big Ten road games dating back to last year)
Next 5: 1/20 at Northwestern, 1 p.m., BTN, 1/23, Penn State, 7 p.m., BTN; 1/27, Michigan State, 1 p.m., CBS, 1/30, at Purdue, 8:30 p.m., BTN, 2/2, Michigan (ESPN Gameday), 9 p.m., ESPN.
Upcoming Announcers: Northwestern -- Gus Johnson and Mike Kelley (BTN); National Radio -- Bob Wischusen and Bob Valvano (ESPN)
Penn State -- Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris (BTN)
Michigan State -- Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony (CBS)
Team Notes: Indiana leads the nation in scoring (85.4), scoring differential (24.8), free throws made (349) and are second in free throws attempted (470). IU also leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (73.8), 3-point field goal percentage (41.9, 9th nationally), rebound margin (+11.0, 3rd nationally), and field goal percentage defense (36.8, 10th nationally). IU leads the Big Ten in home attendance (17,377) and will sell out all 20 home games this season.
Credit the Coaching Staff: Last week's 88-81 win over Minnesota marked the first game in almost 13 years in Assembly Hall between two top 10 programs since Bob Knight was the coach on February 19, 2000 when #7 Ohio State defeated #10 Indiana, 82-71. If both Michigan and Indiana continue to stay in the top 10, the wait will only be three weeks since those teams square up in Bloomington on February 2. This is the 23rd straight week IU has been nationally ranked, the longest since IU was ranked for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94, also the last time IU was ranked for an entire campaign. IU has won six straight games at home against Top 25 teams after the win against the Gophers.
McDonald's Impact: Since sophomore Preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller put on the Cream and Crimson, Indiana is 42-11 and the Hoosiers lead all Big Six Conference school's in field goal percentage (49.6 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.4 percent), free throw percentage (75.6 percent), free throws made (1,004) and attempted (1,328). Since freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell joined the starting lineup IU has improved its field goal percentage defense from 42.6 to 30.7 it's 3-point field goal percentage defense from 34.9 to 30.7, it's scoring offense from 77.3 to 85.4. Both Indiana natives were McDonald's All-Americans prior to high school. Four Indiana 2013 men's basketball signees - Luke Fischer (Germantown - Germantown, Wis.) Stanford Robinson (Findlay Prep (Nev.) - Fairfax, Va.), Noah Vonleh (The New Hampton School (NH) - Haverhill, Mass.) and Troy Williams (Oak Hill Academy - Hampton, Va.) have been named 2013 McDonald's All-America nominees, announced on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Nationally: Junior Victor Oladipo is second in the country in effective field goal percentage at 71.8% and is third in the nation in overall field goal percentage at 66.9%. Sophomore Cody Zeller is seventh in the country in field goal percentage at 63.1%, senior Jordan Hulls is the nation's top 3-point shooter at 51.9%.
In the Big Ten: Sophomore Cody Zeller leads the Big Ten in points/rebounds/assists per 40 mins (36.7), free throws made per game (5.3) and attempted (7.4). He is fourth in scoring (16.9), second in rebounding (7.9), second in field goal percentage (63.1), and seventh in blocked shots (1.7). He had 23 points and 10 rebounds in his last game against Wisconsin. Senior Christian Watford leads in FT percentage (87.0), is third in 3-point field goal percentage (45.6), and ninth in rebounding (6.6). Junior Victor Oladipo is first in field goal percentage (66.9) and steals (2.3). Senior Jordan Hulls is the top 3-point shooter at 51.9%, is third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.5), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (2.5), and ninth in assists (3.6). Freshman Yogi Ferrell is second in the Big Ten in assists (5.0). Junior Will Sheehey leads Big Ten non starters with a 10.3 scoring average off the bench. The Hoosiers are the only team in the Big Ten with five players averaging 10 points or better per game (Zeller, 16.9; Oladipo, 13.5; Watford, 12.8; Hulls, 11.2; Sheehey, 10.7).
Class Notes: Senior Jordan Hulls is the national Class of '13 leader in career 3-point field goal percentage (45.3). He is fifth among current Big Ten seniors with 1,160 points. Senior Christian Watford is the Big Ten's active leading scorer (1,504 points) and rebounder (663). He is second in career 3-point field goal percentage (40.6).
Junior Victor Oladipo is ranked fourth in the Big Ten Class of '14 in career points scored (856) and rebounds and is second in field goal percentage (53.7) and steals (122).
Sophomore Cody Zeller leads the national Class of `15 in field goal percentage (62.6), free throws made (253), free throws attempted (370) and is third nationally with 854 points scored. Among Big Ten sophomores, he leads in all of the above mentioned categories and also in blocked shots (65), steals (70), scoring average (16.1) and rebounds (370).
Freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell is third nationally in the Class of '16 with 85 assists and leads Big Ten frosh in that category.
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