Hoosiers Head to Penn State
January 22, 2002Hoosiers Close Out Road Swing
Indiana will play its third consecutive road game as the Hoosiers head to University Park to battle Penn State. The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions square off at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, January 23. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. est.
The game can be seen on ESPN-Plus with Mike Gleason and John Laskowski. It will also be heard on the IU Radio Network with Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith.
The local television clearances are WYIN (Chicago), WTTV (Indianapolis), WFTE (Louisville), MVC (Dayton), WHME (South Bend-Elkhart), WAZE (Evansville), WKJG (Ft. Wayne), WPSX (Johnstown-Altoona)
The Big Ten
Current Standings W-L Road Wins Home Left Road Left
1. Ohio State 5-0 2 5 6
2. Indiana 4-1 2 6 5
3. Wisconsin 4-2 1 5 5
4. Illinois 3-2 0 5 6
5. Minnesota 3-3 0 5 5
Michigan 3-3 1 5 5
7. Northwestern 2-3 1 6 5
8. Iowa 2-4 0 5 5
9. Michigan St. 1-3 0 6 6
10. Penn State 1-4 0 5 6
11. Purdue 1-5 0 5 5
Tuesday, January 22 (all times est)
Michigan State at Iowa 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23
Wisconsin at Illinois 8:00 p.m.
Indiana at Penn State 8:00 p.m.
Northwestern at Purdue 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 24
Michigan at Ohio State 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Illinois at Indiana 1:00 p.m.
Ohio State at Minnesota 4:30 p.m.
Iowa at Purdue 2:30 p.m.
Penn State at Wisconsin 12:15 p.m.
Vermont at Michigan 2:00 p.m.
Northwestern at Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
Inside the Series
A rather young series in the way of the Big Ten, Indiana has been quite successful against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Hoosiers are 18-1 against PSU, their only loss coming on January 27, 1996 at University Park.
The teams have already battled once this year with Indiana narrowly escaping the Lions with a 61-54 victory in Bloomington. Indiana will look to extend its winning streak to 11 straight games against Penn State.
Victorious in the Big Ten
The Hoosiers are 4-1 in conference play, after starting out 4-0 for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Indiana is looking for its third conference road win at Penn State. The last time the Hoosiers had three Big Ten road victories before the end of January was also 1992-93. That season, Indiana won its first 13 Big Ten games before falling at Ohio State 77-81 in overtime. The Hoosiers closed out the year with a 17-1 conference record and a Big Ten championship ring.
Making a Case for Big Ten Player of the Year
Sophomore Jared Jeffries has stepped up his play in the Big Ten, averaging 20.6 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. Jeffries has scored 20+ points in three of the five conferece games. The Bloomington native posted new career highs against Michigan State, recording seven assists and swatting six shots while adding 21 points and eight rebounds. The 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year has led IU in scoring on nine occasions this season, including four of five conference matchups. Jeffries has been named Big Ten Player of the Week on two occasions this season.
Big Ten Play
vs. Northwestern 8-14 17 pts. 4 rbs. 1 blk. 2 stls.
vs. Penn State 3-10 17 pts. 8 rbs. 3 blks. 4 stls.
vs. Michigan State 5-10 21 pts. 8 rbs. 6 blks. 7 assts.
vs. Iowa 9-13 26 pts. 7 rbs. 1 blk. 1 stl.
vs. Ohio State 8-17 22 pts. 10 rbs. 5 blks. 1 asst.
Back In the Polls
Indiana had not been ranked since the December 10th poll. After pulling off victories against Michigan State and Iowa, Indiana moved into the 25th position.
Date USA Today/ESPN Associated Press
1/21 NR NR
1/14 NR 25
12/17 NR NR
12/10 24 21
12/3 NR NR
11/26 24th NR
11/19 20th 20th
11/12 20th 22nd
11/5 21st 22nd
Nation's Third Toughest Schedule
Indiana's strength of schedule ranks third in the country according to the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) report. Only Kansas and Arizona have schedules that rank higher. Last season, Indiana was never ranked in the polls but a high RPI got it a four seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoosiers have faced five undefeated teams this season and two more had just one loss when they met Indiana.
The combined record of the six teams that Indiana has lost to this season is 89-17.
Indiana likes to spend quality time in three-point land. And when the Hoosiers do, they seem to reap the benefits. In eight of Indiana's 11 wins, it has drained at least seven three-pointers. IU has never made more than six shots from beyond the arc and lost.
On the Road Again
The Hoosiers are the Big Ten's most road-tested team. After playing only two non-conference games on their home floor, the Hoosiers are excelling away from Assembly Hall. Indiana is 5-2 on opposition turf and 2-1 in the conference when not in Bloomington. Only Ohio State has won two Big Ten road games with six conference teams having yet to get a victory in enemy territory.
CNNSI.com decided it was time to hand out some midseason awards. Among the honors was the award for first-team All-Americans, the best five players, regardless of position with team success as a factor. Sophomore Jared Jeffries was recognized as an All-American along with the elite company of Duke's Jason Williams, Kansas' Drew Gooden, Cincinnati's Steve Logan, and Maryland's Juan Dixon.
Playing Keep Away
Part of the key to Hoosier victory is protecting the ball. Only twice has Indiana turned over the ball more than its opponent and still come out on top. In all eight victories since the matchup with Texas in November, the Hoosiers have forced more turnovers than they've made.
Fife Stealing History
Dane Fife has taken sole possesion of second place on IU's all-time career steals list. With his four steals in the second half against Ohio State, Fife has bumped his total to 153, 25 less than leader Steve Alford.
1. Steve Alford 178 1984-87
2. Dane Fife 153
Not a Bad Loss
Indiana had its four-game winning streak broken with a loss to Ohio State in Value City Arena. But, the Buckeyes rarely falter in games on their home court. In the history of Value City Arena, Ohio State holds a 54-7 record in the building. Indiana happens to be one of those teams who pulled off a victory in Columbus just last year.
Taking the Shot
Junior Kyle Hornsby is often who the Hoosiers look for to hit the shot from beyond the arc. Hornsby is averaging 4.4 three-point attempts a game. Against Ohio State, he only took one three-pointer in the Hoosier loss. The last time Hornsby attempted only one long ball was against Southern Illinois where Indiana fell 72-60.
Blocking Out Conference Foes
Indiana has had a field day swatting shots this season, especially in the Big Ten. IU had only two blocks against Northwestern but in every other conference matchup, the Hoosiers have tallied at least six blocked shots. Jared Jeffries leads Indiana with 16 blocks in five Big Ten games.
Why Defense is So Important
In the last go-around, Indiana defeated Penn State and shot just 28 percent from the floor in the game, hitting just nine field goals in the first half and just five in the second half. Defensively, the Hoosiers held the Lions to 38 percent shooting from the floor, including only seven field goals in the second half.
When Jeff Newton produces, so does Indiana. In the four conference wins by the Hoosiers, Newton combined for 27 points, 27 rebounds, and seven blocks off the bench. In the Indiana loss to Ohio State Newton went 0-2 from the field with four points, zero blocks and only two rebounds.
Home At Last
Schedule makers have been less than friendly to the Hoosiers this season. Indiana has played only four home games in 16 contests. Following Penn State on Wednesday, the Hoosiers will finally return to Bloomington. Indiana will play five of its next six games in front of the home crowd at Assembly Hall.
Jeffries Closing in on top 50
Four current Hoosiers rank among IU's top 100 all-time scorers.
49. William DeHeer 823 1967-69
50. Charlie Miller 810 1995-98
51. Frank Radovich 780 1958-60
52. Louis Watson 757 1947-50
53. Jared Jeffries 756
71. Robert Wilkinson 597 1958-60
72. Bobby Wilkerson 582 1974-76
73. Tom Coverdale 577
74. Earl Schneider 573 1967-69
75. Todd Jadlow 571 1986-89
76. Dane Fife 569
77. Don Ritter 560 1971-73
78. Gary Long 548 1959-61
79. Peter Obremsky 546 1956-58
80. William Gladness 534 1998-99
Todd Leary 534 1990, 1992-94
82. Hebert Lee 532 1959
83. William Menke 530 1939-41
84. Steve Risley 515 1978-81
85. Kenneth Gunning 512 1935-37
86. Ernest Andres 511 1937-39
Jeff Newton 511
In games of late, Indiana has found a solid guard-guard-forward combination in Dane Fife, Tom Coverdale and Jared Jeffries. All three scored in double-digits against Michigan State and Iowa. Four times this season, the group has put in 10+ points apiece and each time the Hoosiers have been victorious.
Opponent Coverdale, Fife, Jeffries
vs. Texas 50 points
vs. Ball St. 52 points
vs. Michigan St. 57 points
vs. Iowa 52 points
Charity Stripe to the Extreme
After shooting just two free throws and missing both of them against Northwestern, Indiana went to the line 38 times against Penn State scoring 32 points from the stripe, three more than the Hoosiers scored from the floor. Indiana returned to "normal", connecting on 15-19 against Michigan State. At Iowa, Indiana made 31 trips to the line, hitting on 21 of those attempts. The Hoosiers struggled against Ohio State hitting only 13 of 22 attempts.
Nittany Lion Know-how
The current Indiana roster has combined to score a total of 198 points in 33 career games played. Jared Jeffries leads all Hoosiers with 47 career points (15.7 ppg) against Ohio State.
No Hoosier on this year's squad has ever fallen at the hands of Penn State.
Doing it With Defense
Indiana set a Big Ten record last year when it held its opponents to .382 from the floor. The Hoosiers have gotten off to a good start in conference play holding Northwestern to .340 from the floor and to just 44 points and then coming back to hold Penn State to just 54 points and .388 from the floor. The 44 points allowed against the Wildcats was the lowest amount surrendered in Big Ten play by an Indiana team since 1992.
After five Big Ten games, the combined numbers show the Hoosiers holding Big Ten opponents to 60 points per game and .429 from the floor.
Odle Doing His Part
Senior Jarrad Odle is having a career year in his final season in the cream and crimson. Odle has started in four of the five Big Ten games and put up career numbers.
2001-02 Top Games
vs. Northwestern 8-11 16 pts. 15 rebs. 2 blks.
vs. Penn State 4-10 11 pts. 9 rebs. 1 stl.
vs. Ohio State 7-8 16 pts. 5 rebs. 1 blk.
Previous Top Games
vs. Canisius (99-00) 3-7 8 pts. 4 rebs. 1 stl.
vs. Kentucky (00-01) 4-4 8 pts. 1 reb.
vs. Southern Ill. (00-01) 2-3 8 pts. 2 rebs.
On the season Odle is averaging 8.0 points per game, 4.9 points more than his career average heading into this year. He already has 59 points in conference play this year. He scored a total of 10 points in Big Ten play as a freshman, 35 as a sophomore and 24 as a junior. Overall on the season, Odle has netted 120 points, 34 more than his career best which came last season.
See-Saw Play by Coverdale
Tom Coverdale has been an up and down player for the Hoosiers. His play has come in spurts this season, shooting 40+ percent from the field on nine occasions. The Hoosiers thrive on Coverdale's long ball as Indiana is 5-0 when the junior hits three or more three-pointers in a game.
Hot FG-FGA 3pt-3ptA Pts. Assts.
vs. Ohio State 4-9 2-4 12 5
vs. Iowa 4-10 3-8 15 8
vs. Michigan St. 8-10 6-8 22 3
vs. Northwestern 5-10 3-6 13 4
vs. Ball St. 7-12 3-7 19 4
vs. Penn St. 3-10 1-3 12 2
vs. Butler 3-10 1-4 12 6
vs. Eastern Washington 0-4 0-3 2 11
vs. Kentucky 0-7 0-6 4 3
vs. Miami 5-13 0-4 16 2
The Bomb Is Back
Indiana loves the long ball, it is just a matter of how hot the Hoosiers can get on a given night from three-point land. IU connected on 14 treys, shooting 53.8 percent from beyond the arc in its win over Michigan State. Five of Indiana's first eight baskets against the Spartans came from long range. The 14 three-point baskets tied for third on Indiana's all-time three-pointers made in a game list. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers topped the old record of 15 with 16 three-pointers against Alaska Anchorage.
Making Iowa City Home
Iowa City has never been friendly territory for the Hoosiers. Heading into the January 13th matchup with Iowa, Indiana had
lost its past six matchups at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hoosiers stopped the slump and silenced the Hawkeye fans with a 77-66 victory over No. 13 Iowa.
Offense Gets it Done
Indiana's 83 points against Michigan State was the third most this season. The Hoosier offense got started early against the Spartans, putting up 48 points in the first half, the most Indiana has scored in a first half this season. The 18-point victory was Indiana's largest over MSU since 1993 when the Hoosiers drilled the Spartans 99-68.
The Hoosiers are looking to make their first half performance against MSU a common occurance. Indiana shot a season-best 65.2 percent from the field, including 10-16 from three-point range in the early 20 minutes. Indiana put together a season-high 48 points while holding its opponent to only 26 on 10-30 shooting in the early going. IU continued its positive first half play against Iowa scoring 40 points on 8-13 from long range.
Jeffries Among Nation's Top Players
Jared Jeffries, a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, has been listed as one of the top 30 candidates for the Wooden Award in its preseason report. He was also recently named to Dick Vitale's All-Versatility team.
Jeffries is averaging 20.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg. in Big Ten play. He has led Indiana in scoring nine times this season, including in five of the last six contests. On the year the Hoosiers are 7-2 when Jeffries leads them in scoring.
Hornsby Likes Long Distance
Twenty-seven of 38 (.722) of Kyle Hornsby's baskets this season have come from behind the three-point line. A total of 70.3 percent of all of the shots that he has taken have been from three-point range.
He has been a streak shooter as of late. Against Ohio State, Hornsby took only one shot from three-point range and shot 2-6 overall. But, at Iowa, the junior netted 11 points on 3-4 from long range. Facing Michigan State, Hornsby shot 3-4 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. Against Penn State he was 1-of-7 (.142) from the field and 0-for-6 from three-point range. In the prior three-game span against Eastern Washington, Butler and Northwestern, Hornsby hit 11-of-20 (.550) from the field and 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range. Prior to that three-game stretch he was hitting 30.9 percent from the floor and 27.5 percent from three-point range.
All or Nothing
There seems to be no in between when it comes to the Hoosiers three-point shooting this season. It is either make or miss.
Strong Shooting (10-2)
Alaska-Anchorage-W 16-24 School record for threes in a game
Michigan State- W 14-26 Ten first half threes
Texas-W 11-21 Sixth most threes in IU history
Iowa- W 10-20 Eight first half threes
Eastern Washington-W 10-16
Butler-L 9-16 Seven first half threes
North Carolina-W 9-26 Nine first half threes
Notre Dame-W 7-17
Northwestern-W 7-19 5-9 in the second half
Ball State-W 6-20
Ohio State- L 6-14
Total 110-233 (.472)
Poor Shooting (1-4)
Penn State-W 1-14
Southern Illinois-L 4-18
Total 13-84 (.155)
Fife Has Career Numbers
Dane Fife is averaging 9.1 points per game this year, 4.7 points more than his career average heading into this, his senior season. He has twice hit the 20-point plateau, including a career-high 23 points against Eastern Washington.
Fife has scored 154 points this year, already more than he scored his entire freshman season and his entire sophomore campaign.
His career-best for points in a season is 173 which he netted last year.
He had been slowed offensively early in Big Ten play scoring five points all from the free throw line on 0-10 in the first two games of conference play. But, against Michigan State and Iowa, Fife stepped up and netted 25 points on 6-10 from beyond the arc over the two games. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate, has also held strong on the other end of court. He held Northwestern's Winston Blake to five points on 2-of-9 from the floor and helped hold Iowa's Luke Recker to 12 points on 5-13 from the field. Fife added four steals in the second half of play against Ohio State as well.
2001-02 Top Games FG-FGA 3pt-3ptA Pts. Stls.
vs. E. Washington 8-12 5-6 23 3
vs. Alaska Anchorage 7-9 6-8 20 1
vs. Texas 6-8 4-5 17 1
vs. Michigan St. 5-8 4-6 14 1
Previous Top Games
vs. Penn State (00-01) 6-9 3-3 15 0
vs. Missouri (99-00) 4-6 0-1 13 1
vs. Notre Dame (98-99) 4-4 2-2 13 2
75 Points Means Victory
Indiana has won its last 21 games dating back to the 1999-2000 season when it scores 75+ points. Over that same time span the Hoosiers are 12-23 when scoring less than 75 points.
The Difference Between Winning and Losing
Stat In Wins In Losses
Field Goal Percentage .464 .378
3Pt Field Goal Percentage .447 .270
Points Per Game 76.3 57.5
Jeffries Points Per Game 19.8 13.0
Jeffries Field Goal Percentage .518 .360
Jeffries 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .531 .083
Fife's Points Per Game 10.5 6.3
Fife's Field Goal Percentage .494 .357
Fife's 3Pt Field Goal Percentage .568 .333
Protecting the Ball
As is the case with most teams, Indiana commits less turnovers at home. The Hoosiers average 9.3 turnovers at Assembly Hall and own a 4-0 record. Away from the Hall the Hoosiers have turned the ball over four more times per game and own a 7-6 record in those games.
Game Starters Points
Ohio State (L) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 59
Iowa (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 71
Michigan St. (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 73
Penn State (W) Jeffries, Odle, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 47
Northwestern (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 39
Butler (L) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 54
E. Washington (W) Jeffries, Leach, Coverdale, Fife, Hornsby 62
Kentucky (L) Jeffries, Newton, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 27
Miami (L) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 26
Ball State (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 47
Notre Dame (W) Jeffries, Leach, Fife, Perry, Hornsby 54
So. Illinois (L) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Coverdale, Fife 43
No. Carolina (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 46
Texas (W) Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Fife, Perry 59
Marquette (L) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 37
Alaska-Anch. (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 65
Charlotte (W) Jeffries, Newton, Hornsby, Coverdale, Fife 51
Coverdale Connecting from the Line
Tom Coverdale is shooting .904 from the free throw line this season as he has missed just five times in 52 attempts. The school record for free throw percentage in a season is .921 which was set by Steve Alford in 1984-85. In Big Ten play Coverdale is 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
For the second time this season Indiana came back to defeat an opponent when the Hoosiers erased an 14-point deficit against Penn State. With the exception of that game and a come from behind victory at Charlotte, Indiana's victories for the most part have come when the Hoosiers have gotten out to an early lead and held that lead for nearly the entire game.
Opponent Minutes Led Outcome
Ohio State 7:29 L
Iowa 29:15 W
Michigan State 40:00 W
Penn State 5:48 W
Northwestern 40:00 W
Butler 33:17 L
Eastern Washington 40:00 W
Kentucky 1:39 L
Miami 4:55 L
Ball State 38:38 W
Notre Dame 40:00 W
Southern Illinois 6:35 L
North Carolina 39:06 W
Texas 32:48 W
Marquette 34:34 L
Alaska-Anchorage 40:00 W
Charlotte 6:40 W
Three-Point Record Could Fall
Five times this season Indiana has connected for 10+ threes in a game including a school-record 16 against Alaska-Anchorage. They also netted 14 long balls against Michigan State, 11 treys against Texas and 10 against Eastern Washington and Iowa and hit nine in the first half against North Carolina.
On the season Indiana has hit 7.3 threes per game. At this current pace the Hoosiers would drain 209 threes during this regular season. The school record of 197 which was set back in 1992-93.
Scoring in the Last 5:00
Scoring in the last 5:00 of a game was no more important than it was against Penn State when the Hoosiers grabbed their first lead since 2-0 with 5:49 left and hung on for the victory.
Jared Jeffries leads the Hoosiers in scoring in the final 5:00 of games as he has 44 points during that window. Twenty (18.3 percent) of A.J. Moye's 89 points have come in the final 5:00.
Player Points Free Throws
Jeffries 44 25-31
Coverdale 36 21-24
Moye 20 12-18
Fife 19 8-11
Newton 10 4-4
Leach 9 1-2
Hornsby 9 0-0
Odle 8 4-4
Perry 7 3-6
Tapak 5 0-0
Johnson 3 0-0
10+ From Coverdale Spells Success
Tom Coverdale has scored in double digits 32 times in his career and the Hoosiers own an impressive 23-9 (.718) in those games.
Player No. of 10+ point games IU Record
Jeffries 45 30-14
Coverdale 32 23-9
Newton 22 16-6
Hornsby 17 13-4
Fife 18 12-5
Moye 5 3-2
Odle 5 3-2
Leach 1 0-1
Career Double Digit Rebounding
Player No. of 10+ rebound games IU Record
Jeffries 8 5-3
Newton 2 1-1
Hornsby 1 1-0
Leach 1 0-1
Moye 1 1-0
Odle 1 1-0
Indiana's bench has scored 310 points this season, an average of nearly 18.2 per game. The high came against Alaska-Anchorage when the bench scored 36 points.
Bench Scoring Total Leader
Ohio State 8 Newton, 4
Iowa 6 Newton, 4
Michigan State 10 Newton, 9
Penn State 14 Newton, 10
Northwestern 20 Odle, 16
Butler 10 Newton, 6
E. Washington 24 Moye, 7
Kentucky 25 Odle, 12
Miami 27 Coverdale, 16
Ball State 27 Coverdale, 19
Notre Dame 22 Coverdale, 11
Southern Illinois 17 Newton, 11
North Carolina 33 Coverdale, 17
Texas 18 Coverdale, 11
Marquette 12 Odle, 8
Alaska-Anchorage 36 Odle, 14
Charlotte 14 Leach. 8
Coverdale and Fife Among Top 20 in Assists
Dane Fife's and Tom Coverdale's career assist totals rank in the top 20 on Indiana's all-time assist list.
15. Lyndon Jones 306 1988-91
16. Greg Graham 304 1990-93
17. Neil Reed 285 1995-97
18. Dane Fife 252
19. Tom Coverdale 249
Swatting Away Records
IU is averaging 5.9 blocked shots per game this season. At this current pace the Hoosiers would swat away 171 shots this regular season. The all-time school mark of 178 blocks was set last year.
George Leach leads the block party with 37 of them.
Jeff Newton ranks second on the team in blocks and continues to climb the school's all-time list. His 28 blocks this season brings his career total to 133 which ranks sixth on the all-time list. Jared Jeffries has been swatting shots as of late with 16 blocks in his last five games.
4. Ray Tolbert 152 1978-81
5. Eric Anderson 137 1989-92
6. Jeff Newton 133
First half scoring 586 34.5
First half margin +75 +4.4
First half shooting .451 214-475
Second half scoring 598 35.2
Second half margin +35 +2.1
Second half shooting .420 193-459
Most Points, half 1st: 48, Michigan State
2nd: 57, Alaska-Anchorage
Fewest Points, half 1st: 20, Southern Illinois
2nd: 20, Kentucky
Most Pts. Allowed, half 1st: 36, Texas
2nd: 45, Notre Dame
Fewest Pts. Allowed,half 1st: 17, Marquette
2nd: 19, Northwestern
Best FG%, half 1st: .652, Michigan State
2nd: .595, Alaska-Anchorage
Worst FG%s, half 1st: .258, Southern Illinois
2nd: .208, Penn State
Best Defensive FG%,half 1st: .276, Marquette
2nd: .281, Charlotte
Worst Defensive FG%,half 1st: .500, Kentucky
2nd: .636, Southern Illinois
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