No. 11/13 Hoosiers Take On Penn State Sunday
Jan. 20, 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 504th 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.
Patrick Chambers is in his first season as the Penn State head coach after spending the previous two seasons at Boston University and compiling a 42-28 mark with the Terriers.
Indiana has shot 49.8 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from 3-point range and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are seventh in the nation in field goal shooting and 12th in scoring (80.2). The Hoosiers are also averaging 18.6 points per game off of turnovers. IU is third nationally among BCS teams making 18.1 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 ESPN.com, the Sporting News and SI.com and was one of four Big Ten players named to the Midseason Top 25 list for the Wooden Award. Zeller leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 64.8 percent of his field goal attempts. He has averaged a team-best 19.0 points in the last three games.
Sophomore Will Sheehey is averaging 10.1 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 ninth in the nation shooting 51.2 percent from long distance. He is averaging 12.3 points per game and has made 43-of-84 triples. He is the Hoosiers active leader with 60 consecutive starts.
Junior Christian Watford had 25 points and seven boards against Michigan and had 26 points and 10 boards against Michigan State. He is averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 boards per game this season. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,075 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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