No. 3/3 Indiana Visits Purdue Wednesday
Jan. 28, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Hoosiers will visit arch-rival Purdue on Wednesday night in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers bring a two-game series winning streak into the contest having defeated the Boilermakers, 78-61 in Mackey Arena, and 85-74 last year in Assembly Hall.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked 3rd by the Associated Press and in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. This is the 25th 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 45-11 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. Matt Painter is in his eighth season as the head coach at Purdue and has a 171-86 record with the Boilermakers.
DEFENSIVE COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR: After 20 games, IU has improved from 41.8 field goal percentage defense to 37.3, 3-point field goal defense from 32.7 to 31.0, rebound margin from +2.6 to +10.3 and points allowed from 65.6 to 60.5. Through seven Big Ten games, field goal defense from 49.4 to 39.0, 3-point field goal defense 35.9 to 31.9, rebound margin from -1.0 to +4.9 and points per game, 76.7 to 62.7
STAT OF THE WEEK: Indiana is sixth in the country in field goal percentage (50.0) and ninth in field goal percentage defense (37.3). The Hoosiers and Florida are the only two teams in the country ranked in both categories.
STAT OF THE WEEK II: Dating back to last year, Indiana has won four straight Big Ten road games and five of its last six away from Assembly Hall in league play.
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 (825-558).
THE LAST TWO YEARS: Indiana is 45-11 (Best in Big Ten, 80.4 winning pct.), 8-6 on the road, 14-9 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 31-2 at home. IU leads all major conference school's in field goal percentage (49.5 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (42.6 percent).
OLADIPO NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 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 (2.5) 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 54.8 and his offensive rebounds from 1.75 per game to 2.57. He is averaging 13.9 points per game. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week after he averaging 20 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 4.5 steals as the Hoosiers defeated Penn State and No. 13/11 Michigan State at home. Against Penn State he had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win. Against MSU, he had 21 points, seven boards, three blocks and six steals. His blocks tied a career-high and his steals set a new IU-best.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana also leads the nation in scoring differential (22.9) and are second in scoring (83.3). IU also leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (72.8), 3-point field goal percentage (41.9, 3rd nationally), rebound margin (+10.3, 3rd nationally) and field goal percentage defense (37.3, 9th nationally). IU leads the Big Ten in home attendance (17,391) and will sell out all 20 home games this season.
NATIONALLY (PLAYERS): Junior Victor Oladipo is second in the country in effective field goal percentage at 71.5, third in the nation in overall field goal percentage at 66.0 and 13th in steals (2.5). Sophomore Cody Zeller is eighth in the country in field goal at 61.0 percent, senior Jordan Hulls' 3-point field goal percentage (49.5) ranks fourth in the nation.
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 15 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.
ESPN GAMEDAY THIS WEEK: ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm - the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program originating from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast - is in its ninth season and on Saturday, February 2 it will originate from the Indiana University campus. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN with a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN The Michigan-Indiana game will tip-off at 9 p.m. New this season, Jalen Rose joins the College GameDay crew, replacing Hubert Davis behind the desk. Rose will be a featured analyst on GameDay, as well as additional college basketball studio programming and games. For the ninth year, Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Rose to preview all the day's action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.
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