Jan. 30, 2009
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INDIANA (5-14, 0-7 Big Ten) vs. OHIO STATE (14-5, 4-4 Big Ten)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, 4:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU Leads, 101-72
Last Meeting: at Ohio State 77, Indiana 53 (1/12/09)
TV: ESPN2 (Dave O'Brien and Bob Valvano)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and will host Ohio State on Saturday. The Hoosiers are in a stretch where they are playing four of five in Assembly Hall and will host Iowa on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 77-75 loss at Northwestern, while the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, 72-54 Wednesday night at home. The Buckeyes won the previous meeting between the two teams, 77-53 in Columbus earlier this month. Last year, Indiana defeated OSU, 72-69, in Assembly Hall.
BALCONY TICKETS FOR $5
For the remainder of the season, all tickets in the balcony of Assembly Hall will be on sale for $5. Individuals may order online at ticketmaster.com, at IUHoosiers.com, or purchase at the IU Athletic Department Ticket Office in Assembly Hall. You may contact the ticket office at 866-IUSports. Since instituting the policy, Indiana has drawn an average of 16,083 fans in the last two home games.
IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5), fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (35), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (60), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and 10th in overall victories (1,640). Indiana has won 20 Big Ten Championships and has the best winning percentage in conference games only at nearly 60 percent. No team has had more All-Big Ten selections than IU with 53.
THE LEAST EXPERIENCED TEAM IN BIG TEN HISTORY
Tom Crean and his staff have put one of the least experienced non-first year programs in Big Ten history on the floor in 2009. Of players who played in league games last season, Indiana returns just 19 points and 185 minutes of experience. Overall, Indiana lost 98.8 percent of its scoring and 96.9 percent of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-14 with the Hoosiers. 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. Thad Matta is 119-40 and is in his fifth year at Ohio State. He is a native of Hoopeston, Indiana.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers are shooting 52.6% from three-point range in the lat two games (20/38). Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 22.5 points and is shooting 62.5% from long distance since the Minnesota game. He had a career-high 26 points against Northwestern and is the first Hoosier to score 20 points or more in the first half (he had 21) since D.J. White had 20 against Tennessee State last season. The Hoosiers had a season-high 19 assists and their 89.5% effort from the free throw line against the Wildcats (17/19) also was a season-best. The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten (league games only) in rebounding margin at +6.4. They have outrebounded all seven of their league opponents.