Jan. 21, 2011
|Indiana (10-9, 1-5) at Iowa (7-11, 0-6)
||Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011
||3 p.m. ET
||Carver-Hawkeye Arena - 15,500 (Iowa City, Iowa)
| Series Record
||IU leads 94-71
| Last Meeting
||Feb. 28, 2010 - at IOWA 73, IU 57
||Big Ten Network (Tom Hart and Kenyon Murray)
|| IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
| Live Stats
||Indiana | Iowa
||Indiana | Iowa
| Social Media
||@TomCrean | @IUShanaDan
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.
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 216-151 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.
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.
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.
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.
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 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
Iowa enters Sunday's game still in search of its first Big Ten Conference win of the season. Matt Gatens leads the Hawkeyes in scoring at 12.9 points per game and is joined in double figures scoring with Bryce Cartwright at 10.9. Freshman Melsahn Basabe is averaging 9.6 points per game and pulling down 6.8 rebounds per contest and has three double-doubles to his credit this season. As a team, Iowa is averaging 68.1 points per game and are giving up 66.5 points to its opponents.