Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Play Host to No. 20/21 Illinois

    Go Hoosiers! Matt Roth scored 14 points off the bench at Iowa on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Matt Roth scored 14 points off the bench at Iowa on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 26, 2011

    No. 20/21 Illinois (14-6, 4-3) at Indiana (10-10, 1-6)
     Date Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
     Time 9 p.m. ET
     Location Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
     Series Record Series is tied 82-82
     Last Meeting Jan. 30, 2010 - at Illinois 72, Indiana 70
     Television Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and Greg Kelser)
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    Game Notes Indiana | Illinois
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    The Hoosiers will begin a stretch which will have them playing three of the next four at home beginning with Thursday night's game with Illinois. Indiana is coming off a 91-77 loss at Iowa on Sunday, while Illinois, fell at home to No. 1 Ohio State, 73-68, on Saturday afternoon.

    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 216-152 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.

    Bruce Weber is in his eighth season with the Fighting Illini after spending the previous five seasons at Southern Illinois. His record at Illinois is 187-76 and his overall record as a head coach is 290-130. In his 12 full seasons as a head coach, Weber has had nine 20-win seasons - including a 37-2 record in 2004-05 on the way to a national runner-up finish.

    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.

    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.

    In 12 home games this season, Indiana is shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 78.4 points per game. In league play, Indiana is shooting 77.3 percent from the free throw line, but its opponents have 94 more free throw attempts (206 to 110).

    Sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella near the end of the 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. He did not play against Iowa due to inflammation in the right knee.

    Sophomore Christian Watford had a career-high 30 points against Iowa and is eighth in the Big Ten averaging 16.8 points per game, which is the most of any sophomore in the Big Ten. He is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.9) and has made a team-high 99 free throws in 118 attempts.

    Sophomore Jordan Hulls is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (49.4 percent), and also is eighth overall in the Big Ten hitting 54.0 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 11.9 points in Big Ten play. Junior Matt Roth tied his season-high with 14 points against Iowa. Sophomore Derek Elston had his first career double-double at Iowa with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    Illinois is coming off a Saturday home loss to No. 1 Ohio State and have a 4-3 record in conference play. Senior Demetri McCamey leads the Fighting Illini with his 15.6 points per game average. Both frontline players, Mike Davis (10.8) and Mike Tisdale (10.2) are averaging double figures in scoring in addition to 6.7 and 7.2 rebounds per game, respectively. As a team, Illinois is shooting 47.8 percent from the floor and 41.8 percent from the 3-point line while allowing opponents just 30 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point line.




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