Jan. 23, 2009
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INDIANA (5-12, 0-5 Big Ten) vs. #20/21 MINNESOTA (16-3, 4-3 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, 12:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU Leads, 88-64
Last Meeting: Minnesota 59, Indiana 58 (3/14/08 - Big Ten Tournament)
TV: BTN (Craig Coshun and Trent Tucker)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and will host Minnesota. The Hoosiers are in a stretch where they are playing four of five in Assembly Hall. Indiana is coming off a 65-55 loss last Saturday at home to Penn State. Last year, Indiana won both regular season meetings, 65-60 in Minneapolis and 69-55 in Bloomington, while the Gophers upset the Hoosiers, 59-58 in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals in Indianapolis.
WHITEOUT AND T-SHIRT FOR $5
For the remainder of the season, all tickets in the balcony of Assembly Hall will be on sale for $5. Individuals may order online at ticketmaster.com, at IUHoosiers.com, or purshase at the IU Athletic Department Ticket Office in Assembly Hall. You may contact the ticket office at 866-IUSports. In addition, each fan in attendance will receive a white IU t-shirt to create a whiteout effect on Sunday with a special quote from Coach Tom Crean on the back of the shirt.
IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5), fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (35), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (60), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and 10th in overall victories (1,640). Indiana has won 20 Big Ten Championships and has the best winning percentage in conference games only at nearly 60.0 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than IU with 53.
THE LEAST EXPERIENCED TEAM IN BIG TEN HISTORY
Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced non-first year programs in Big Ten history on the floor in 2009. Of players who played in league games last season, Indiana returns just 19 points and 185 minutes of experience. The second least experienced team is Iowa with 405 points and 1418 minutes played. The average of the remaining nine teams in the league is 755 points returning and 2418 minutes. Overall, Indiana lost 98.8 percent of its scoring and 96.9 percent of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-12 with the Hoosiers. 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. The Golden Gophers are coached by Tubby Smith, who is in his second year at Minnesota and is 36-17. He is 9-4 all-time against the Hoosiers.
ODDS AND TRENDS
Entering the Minnesota game, Indiana and Michigan State have played the fewest home games of any Big Ten team this season (8). The Hoosiers schedule is ranked the fourth toughest in the country by Kenpom.com, fifth toughest by the Sagarin Ratings, and 11th toughest in ESPN's RPI. Minnesota will be the seventh opponent on IU's schedule that appeared in the top 25 at some point this season. IU has played Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State. Indiana has outrebounded all five Big Ten opponents and is second in the league in rebound margin (+6.6).