Hoosiers Battle Hawkeyes Sunday in Iowa City
Jan. 21, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will conclude a stretch where they will have played six of their last nine games away from Assembly Hall since December 22. The Hoosiers are coming off a 69-60 loss at No. 17 Wisconsin, on Thursday night, while Iowa lost at No. 1 Ohio State, 70-48, on Wednesday night.
Fran McCaffery is in his first season with the Hawkeyes after spending the previous five seasons at Sienna and compiled a 112-51 records. Prior to Sienna, McCaffery spent six seasons at UNC Greensboro (90-87 record) and three years at Lehigh (49-39 record). His career record as a head coach is 258-188 in 14-plus seasons.
In the last three games, the Hoosiers are averaging 73.7 points on 54.0 percent shooting from the field and 80.4 percent marksmanship from the free throw line. Indiana also has outrebounded its opponents since the Northwestern game 33.0 to 25.7. In the first three games in the Big Ten, IU averaged 63.3 points on 43.0 percent shooting. They also were outrebounded 34.7 to 27.0 by Penn State, Ohio State and Minnesota.
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 on Jan. 15. He had successful surgery on Thursday, Jan. 20. 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 become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career when he scored 15 points against Wisconsin. He has averaged 13.0 points in 77 career games.
Sophomore Christian Watford is ninth in the Big Ten averaging 16.1 points per game, which is the most of any sophomore in the Big Ten. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (82.9) and has made a team-high 92 free throws in 111 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.4 percent), and also is fifth overall in the Big Ten hitting 56.9 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 12.7 points in Big Ten play.
A GLANCE AT IOWA
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