Jan. 27, 2012
|Iowa (11-10, 3-5) at No. 16/17 Indiana (16-5, 4-5)
||Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
||6 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
||BTN (Eric Collins & Dan Bonner)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 92/XM 190
||Indiana | Iowa
||Indiana | Iowa
| Social Media
|| @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will host Iowa on Sunday evening. The Hoosiers are coming off a 57-50 loss at Wisconsin on Thursday, while the Hawkeyes fell at home to Nebraska, 79-73. Indiana is ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 17th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, and entered the rankings for the first time under Tom Crean's tenure after the Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky 73-72, on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. IU also edged No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on New Years Eve. 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).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 234-167 all-time as a head coach and has five wins over nationally ranked foes in the last calendar year. Crean is 4-4 in his career against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2 and 7-10 vs. teams ranked in the top five. Crean was named midseason winner of the Jim Phelan Award which is the National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com and selected by SI.com as the Midseason Coach of the Year. Sunday, Jan. 22 was his 400th game as a head coach.
Fran McCaffery is in his second season as the head coach at Iowa and has a 22-30 record with the Hawkeyes. Overall, this is his 16th season as a head coach and he is 273-207 with stops at Lehigh, UNC Greensboro and Siena.
The Hoosiers are 28-25 since the beginning of last season and took just 20 games to win 16 this year after winning 16 in two seasons from 2008-2010. IU has improved its scoring average 18.3 points since averaging 60.1 points in Crean's first season at IU (2008-09), now averaging 78.4. The Hoosiers have improved their field goal percentage defense to 41.4 percent from 48.0 four years ago and are shooting 44.7 from long distance after shooting just 33.5 percent that first year. The Cream and Crimson are also shooting 49.0 percent from the field as opposed to 43.0. IU will likely move back into the top 10 in the nation in attendance, averaging 16,075 fans with six remaining home games, and are expected to average more than 17,000 per game for the remainder of the season. IU averaged 14,331 in attendance in 2008-09.
The Hoosiers are 11th in the Sagarin Ratings, 11th in kenpom.com and 20th in the RPI.
Indiana has shot 49.8 percent from the field, 44.7 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, and fifth in field goal percentage and lead the Big Ten averaging 78.4 points per game. The Hoosiers are also averaging 18.0 points per game off of turnovers. IU is fourth nationally among BCS teams making 17.5 free throws per game.
In the last three games, IU has held its opponents to 37.1 shooting from the field, 28.1 percent from long distance and allowed just 60.0 points 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 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.4 percent of his field goal attempts. 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-33 long distance shots (66.7) 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 60.0 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 is third in the league hitting on 48.9 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 12.2 points per game and has made 46-of-94 triples. He is the Hoosiers active leader with 62 consecutive starts.