Hoosiers Face Michigan State in East Lansing Sunday
Jan. 28, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Tom Izzo is in his 16th season with the Spartans and has a 376-154 overall record in his only stop as a head coach. He served as an assistant coach on the MSU staff along with Crean under then-MSU head coach Jud Heathcote. Izzo enters 2010-11 having won 20+ games in a season each of the past six years and claimed the 2000 NCAA National Championship.
In the last five games, Indiana is shooting 83.9 percent from the line having made 73 of their last 87 free throws, including a perfect 11-of-11 effort against Illinois. In the second half against Illinois, the Hoosiers held the Illini to 21.7 percent shooting and allowed just 17 points.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (51.2 percent), and also is fifth overall in the Big Ten hitting 54.9 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 12.6 points in Big Ten play and leads the conference by making all 16 of his free throw attempts in eight league games.
Sophomore Christian Watford had 16 points against Illinois 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 (84.6) and has made a team-high 104 free throws in 123 attempts.
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 has not played in the last two games due to inflammation in the right knee.
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.
A GLANCE AT MICHIGAN STATE
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