Jan. 18, 2011
|Indiana (10-8, 1-4) at Wisconsin (13-4, 3-2)
||Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
||9:00 p.m. ET
||Kohl Center - 17,230 (Madison, Wis.)
| Series Record
||Indiana leads 94-61
| Last Meeting
||Wisconsin 78 at Indiana 46 - Feb. 25, 2010 - Bloomington, Ind.
||ESPN (Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo)
|| IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
| Live Stats
||Indiana | Wisconsin
||Indiana | Wisconsin
| Social Media
||@TomCrean | @IUShanaDan
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.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 216-150 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.
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 is in its 111th season of college basketball.
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.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
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
Wisconsin has alternated wins and losses to start conference play and have won all three of its home contests in the Big Ten. They are led by Jon Leuer and his 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. Jordan Taylor is the only other Badger to average 10+ points per game at 17.0. Keaton Nankivil is one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference, connecting on 50 percent of his triple attempts this season (26-of-52). As a team, UW has 100 more assists than turnovers (240 to 140) and are outscoring their opponents 70-56 on the season.