Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Take On Nebraska In Lincoln on Thursday

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    Jan. 29, 2014

    Indiana (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) at Nebraska (10-9, 2-5 Big Ten)
     Date Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
     Time 8:15 p.m. ET
     Location Lincoln, Neb. • Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,147)
     Television BTN (Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the surging Cornhuskers. IU is coming off a 56-46 win at home over Illinois, while Nebraska defeated Minnesota at home, 82-78 on Sunday as well. Last year, IU won at home against the Cornhuskers, 76-47, while Nebraska captured a 70-69 win on the Hoosiers last trip to Lincoln in 2012.

    KEY STATS
    The 46 points allowed against Illinois are the fewest points a Hoosier opponent has scored in B1G play in the Tom Crean Era (since 2008-09 season). Since 1996-97, Tom Crean's teams have notched four of the eight best Big Ten defensive efforts an Indiana team has had, with his team holding Nebraska to 47 and Penn State to 49 last year and Illinois to 49 in 2011. IU has won 10 of its last 15 Big Ten road games dating back to February 2012.

    SINCE 2011-12 ...
    Indiana is 69-23 (.750 winning pct.) and 46-5 at home. In the last 92 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,744) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in free throw attempts (2,329), 3-point FG percentage (39.8), and free throw percentage (74.9).

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 287-185 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 69-23 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Tim Miles is in his second season as the head coach at Nebraska. He is 25-27 with the Huskers.

    FERRELL SHOWS B1G IMPROVEMENT
    Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is fourth in the conference in scoring (17.5) and sixth in assists (4.0). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+9.9 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 40.5 percent of his three-point shots this season after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (49) after making 23 a season ago, and is third in the league in free throw percentage (84.2). In the most recent win against Illinois, he scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and a career-high 30 points at Illinois in the Big Ten opener. In perhaps his best overall game of the season, Ferrell posted 15 points, seven assists and just one turnover while not allowing Penn State's All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier to garner an assist. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic earlier this season when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the four games that were part of the event.

    VONLEH ON TISDALE WATCH LIST
    Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. The Haverhill, Mass, native was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list, which honors the nation's top freshman. Vonleh is averaging 12.0 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the league in shooting (53.6) and his eight double-doubles are also a league-best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (24) and free throws made (80) and attempted (111). He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 15.4 per game. He posted his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan State. He had a career-high 19 points and six rebounds at Penn State and scored the team's first 12 points. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. He also has made 9-of-12 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He posted 17 points and 12 rebounds against Northwestern. He had his Big Ten creer-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois this past Sunday.

     

     


       

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