No. 7/8 Indiana Takes on No. 13/11 Michigan State Sunday
Jan. 25, 2013
The Opening Tip: The Hoosiers will play host to No. 13/11 Michigan State. Both teams, along with No. 2 Michigan, enter this weekend with just one loss in conference play. IU Coach Tom Crean was a member of Tom Izzo's staff at Michigan State from 1995-99. This is CBS's first visit to Assembly Hall since IU hosted Kentucky on December 12, 2009.
Indiana is ... : Ranked 7th by the Associated Press and 8th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. This is the 24th straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
Coaches: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 44-11 mark during the last year and a half. He is 262-173 all-time as a head coach and has eight wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Tom Izzo is in his 18th season as the head coach at Michigan State and has a 429-172 record and led the Spartans to the NCAA title in 2000.
Stat of the Week: Indiana is the only team in the country to rank in the top ten in field goal percentage (6th, 50.0) and field goal percentage defense (7th, 36.9).
Stat of the Week II: Indiana enters the weekend leading the nation in free throws made (393) and attempted (538), while leading the Big Ten in free throw percentage (73.0).
History: This is Indiana's 113th season of college basketball. The Hoosiers, who have won five NCAA titles, 20 Big Ten titles, including 11 outright, have the best winning percentage in league game history winning 59.5 percent of its conference tilts (824-558).
The Last Two Years: Indiana is 44-11 (tied for best in Big Ten), 8-6 on the road (2nd best in Big Ten), 14-9 in road and neutral games and 30-2 at home (2nd best in Big Ten). IU leads all major conference school's in field goal percentage (49.5 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (42.8 percent).
Zeller: Preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller has had three double-doubles in the first six games of Big Ten play and is averaging 16.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and shooting 61.0 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the line. His 36.4 points/rebounds/assists per 40 is the tops among Big Ten players. He was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on January 14. He also leads the Big Ten in free throws made per game (5.3) and attempted (7.4).
TEAM NOTES: Indiana also leads the nation in scoring differential (23.8) and are second in scoring (83.7). IU also leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (73.0), 3-point field goal percentage (42.2, 4th nationally), rebound margin (+10.8, 2nd nationally) and field goal percentage defense (36.9, 7th nationally). IU leads the Big Ten in home attendance (17,385) and will sell out all 20 home games this season.
Nationally (Players): Junior Victor Oladipo is third in the country in effective field goal percentage at 71.5 percent and is fourth in the nation in overall field goal percentage at 66.0 percent. Sophomore Cody Zeller is seventh in the country in field goal percentage at 61.0 percent, senior Jordan Hulls' 3-point field goal percentage (50.6) ranks fourth in the nation.
OLADIPO: Junior Victor Oladipo is the most improved player in the country (let's debate) and likely will be a candidate for National Defensive Player of the Year. The Big Ten leader in steals (2.3) always is given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers and has improved his field goal shooting percentage from 47.1 to 66.0, his 3-point field goal percentage from 20.8 to 55.2, and his offensive rebounds from 1.75 per game to 2.57. He is averaging 13.5 points.
TOUGH ON DEPTH: The Hoosiers have had a tough time establishing the last pieces of their puzzle for their rotation. Senior Derek Elston has missed 14 games due to issues regarding his left knee, freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea (9), Peter Jurkin (9) and Jeremy Hollowell (3) missed a combined 21 games due to NCAA related issues and senior Maurice Creek (8 games, foot) and sophomore Austin Etherington (fractured patella) also figured to contribute.
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