Jan. 19, 2010
INDIANA (8-9, 2-3 BIG TEN) vs. PENN STATE (8-9, 0-5 BIG TEN)
January 21, 2010 7:00 p.m. ET
University Park, Pa. Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Series Record: Indiana leads 27-7
TV: ESPN2 (Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 91 XM: 196
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will take to the road for a matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa. This will be the only regular season meeting this year between the two teams. Last year at Penn State, the Nittany Lions pulled out a 61-58 victory in the Bryce Jordan Center. Indiana is coming off an 81-78 win at home against Minnesota in overtime while Penn State dropped a 67-64 decision at Iowa.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 204-130 record. 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 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Ed DeChellis is in his seventh season at the top of the Penn State program and has a record of 92-112 in that time. This is his 14th season overall as a head coach, after spending the seven years prior to Penn State at East Tennessee State.
WATFORD IS TOP BIG TEN FRESHMAN SCORER
Freshman Christian Watford had 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists against Michigan last Thursday night and had his third double-double of the season on Sunday against Minnesota with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Birmingham, Ala., native is the top freshman scorer in the conference averaging 13.0 points. In addition, he leads all Big Ten frosh in rebounds (5.9) and free throw percentage (79.3). He also leads all freshmen in scoring in conference games only at 14.4 points per game.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are still in search of their first conference win this season, but they have been close in a number of games. Three of their five losses have come by five points or less. Talor Battle leads the team at 18.4 points per game and also tops the team with 5.6 rebounds per contest. David Jackson and Chris Babb are next at 7.9 points per game.
As a team, the Nittany Lions average 66.2 points per game and hold their opponents to just 61.6 points per game. They also average over five rebounds more per game.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year letterman in their program until this current sophomore class enters its senior campaign during the 2011-12 season.
JONES AND DUMES AND PSU
In the three games last year against Penn State, Verdell Jones III averaged 15.7 points and Devan Dumes averaged 14.5 points in two games against the Nittany Lions.