No. 16/17 Hoosiers Visit No. 25 Wisconsin Thursday
Jan. 24, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
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 505th 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.
Bo Ryan is in his 11th season as the Wisconsin head coach and has a 258-96 record with the Badgers. He spent two seasons at UW-Milwaukee and 15 years at UW-Platteville before arriving in Madison. His overall career record stands at 641-199 as he is in his 28th season as a head coach.
Indiana has shot 50.0 percent from the field, 44.9 percent from 3-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, sixth in field goal shooting, 15th in scoring margin (14.8) and 16th in scoring (79.9). The Hoosiers are also averaging 18.0 points per game off of turnovers. IU is second 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 15.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten and is third in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.9 percent of his field goal attempts. He has averaged a team-best 16.7 points in the last seven games and had 18 against PSU on Sunday. He is on pace to break the school's single season shooting mark of 62.8 set by Matt Nover in 1992-93.
Senior Matt Roth has hit 22-of-32 long distance shots (68.8) since December 19. He had 22 points off the bench at Penn State and made 5-of-6 triples in that game. He leads the Big Ten making 61.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also has shot 68.0 percent from long distance in the Big Ten. Roth is the sixth Hoosier to eclipse the 20-point mark, a Big Ten best.
Junior Jordan Hulls had 14 second-half points against Penn State and is third in the league hitting on 49.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. He leads the conference in free throw shooting making 89.4 percent of his charity tosses. He is averaging 12.3 points per game and has made 45-of-91 triples. He is the Hoosiers active leader with 61 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 1,086 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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