IU Travels to Madison for Battle with Wisconsin
Jan. 18, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will hit the road for another two-game stretch when it visits Wisconsin on Thursday evening. Indiana is coming off an 80-61 win over Michigan at home, while Wisconsin defeated Illinois, 76-66, at the Kohl Center, last Saturday. Indiana will travel to Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 23, in the middle of a stretch which has them playing five of seven away from home in January.
Bo Ryan is in his tenth season as the Wisconsin head coach and 27th overall as a college head coach. His overall record at Wisconsin is 230-86 and he is 613-189 overall. He spent 15 years as the head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville followed by two seasons at Milwaukee before landing in Madison.
Indiana has averaged 80.5 points in its last two games.
Sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella near the end of Saturday's game against Michigan. Last year, Creek missed all of the Big Ten season with a fractured left patella.He has started 13 games this season and is averaging 8.3 points. Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered his season-ending injury on December 28 against Bryant.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 11 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 989 career points and has averaged 13.0 points for his career.
Sophomore Christian Watford is eighth in the Big Ten averaging 16.4 points per game, which is the most of any sophomore in the Big Ten. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (84.1) and has made a team-high 90 free throws in 107 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.5 percent), and also is fourth overall in the Big Ten hitting 56.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 12.0 points in Big Ten play.
Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 11.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in the last five games and is shooting 50.0 percent from the floor during that time. He also is 10th in the league in steals at 1.33 per game.
A GLANCE AT WISCONSIN
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