="01-30notes"> January 30, 1998
WINNING STREAK SNAPPED: Indiana's longest conference winning streak in five years came to an end at five with the loss at Michigan State. It was the longest conference streak since the Hoosiers began the 1993 season with a 13-0 record. The five-game streak was also the second longest of the season (season-high is six set over the last six games of the non-conference schedule). However, the Hoosiers are still 11-3 in their last 14 games.
GUYTON SETS 3-POINT RECORD: A.J. Guyton set a school record for the most consecutive games with a 3-point field goal as he tallied three at Michigan State. The sophomore has now made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 21 games (20 games this season and the final game of 1997). Jay Edwards had held the record at 20 which he accomplished in 1989.
HOT TO COLD: Indiana's shooting has gone cold in the last two games. After shooting better than 50% in nine consecutive halves, the Hoosiers have shot only 42.7% (47-110) in the last two games. Indiana's best half in the last two games was a 48% mark in the second half at Wisconsin.
PASSING FANCY: Many teams have one true guard who is charge of distributing the basketball. However, the Hoosiers have two in A.J. Guyton and Michael Lewis. These two each have 79 assists on the season.
DOUBLE YOUR FUN: Double-doubles have become common place for Indiana players. Andrae Patterson had his third of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds at Wisconsin. That was the sixth such performance by an Indiana player this year. Luke Recker had his first against Purdue with career-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Charlie Miller had his first with season-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Ohio State. That came after William Gladness had his first with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Michigan. There could have been at least five more such performances. Patterson has had 9 rebounds three times and 8 another while Gladness had 13 points and 9 rebounds against Temple.
CHART WATCHING: A.J. Guyton has moved into sixth place on IU's all-time 3-point attempt list with 249 surpassing Greg Graham who had 246 (Jay Edwards is fifth with 291). Guyton also needs 9 3-pointers to move into seventh on that all-time list and surpass Steve Alford who had 107. Andrae Patterson now has 1,172 career points which is 26th on the all-time scoring list (Quinn Buckner is 25th at 1,195 points).
JUST WONDERING: The last time IU lost to Iowa at home (before the Dec. 31 loss) was Feb. 21, 1991. IU then went on a 50-game home winning streak which lasted from Feb. 24, 1991 to Jan. 24, 1995. The Hoosiers are now 3/50th of the way to accomplishing this again after the last three home victories.
BALANCED ATTACK: The Hoosiers have proven to be a balanced team at least when it comes to scoring in conference play. A.J. Guyton (15.9), Luke Recker (15.1), Andrae Patterson (11.8) and William Gladness (11.0) are all scoring in double figures. Michael Lewis (8.0) is just a basket away from joining this group.
THE BIG FIVE: A.J. Guyton, Luke Recker, Andrae Patterson, Rob Turner and William Gladness are the top scorers for the Hoosiers. In fact the quintet has accounted for 74.1% (1,121-1,514) of Indiana's scoring this season.
COMEBACK KIDS: The victory over Wisconsin marked the fifth time this season the Hoosiers have overcome a halftime deficit and won the game. Last year IU was 4-9 when trailing at the half but this season they are 5-4. This record also includes wins over UAB, South Alabama, USF and Western Michigan. Indiana also overcame a 22-point second half deficit at Illinois to tie the game.
FROM THE FIELD: The Hoosiers have shot only 42.7% (47-110) in the last two games after a five-game above 50% shooting streak. This 42.7% mark over the last two games is IU's worst shooting performance in consecutive games since going 54-129 (41.8%) in games against Western Michigan and Iowa (five-game above 50% streak started after these two games). The Hoosiers have been a good second half shooting team, bettering 50% in 14 of the last 17 second halves. The Hoosiers' overall shooting percentage stands at 49.2% coming into this afternoon's game and one of the league leaders at 50% in conference games. That overall mark is still above last season's 43.8% team mark. Three Hoosiers P William Gladness (54.7%), Rob Turner (52.8%) and Luke Recker (52.8%) P are shooting at least 50% from the field. The Hoosiers have shot 51.3% (403-786) in their victories but just 44.1% (147-333) in the losses. Last season the Hoosiers shot better than 50% only three times but have done so nine times this year.
CHARITY TOSSES: While the field goal shooting has slipped in the last two games, the Hoosiers have picked up the pace at the foul line. IU made 13-15 at Michigan State and have shot 81.8% (54-66) in the last three games. This stretch includes a conference season-high 21-23 (91.3%) performance vs. Purdue. That percentage was the second time this year IU has passed the 90% mark (Indiana's season-high is 94.1% P 16-17 P against Northeast Louisiana and that mark ties for the 10th best in school history). Indiana was one of the top free throw shooting teams in the nation last season finishing second at 76.6%. The Hoosiers come into this afternoon's game at 72.4% overall and one of the league leaders at 73.6% in conference play. Michael Lewis is the top player at 51-59 (86.4%). In the victories IU has made 239 free throws while the opponents have attempted 240. In the losses the opponents have 114 attempts while IU has made just 71. The Hoosiers are shooting 73.5% from the line in the victories but just 68.9% in the losses.
THREE-POINTERS: The Hoosiers have shot at least 40% in three of the last four games after making 5-12 (41.7%) at Michigan State. Indiana is shooting 36.2% on the season. A.J. Guyton is the top long range shooter at 41.3%. Guyton's 43 treys are a team-high and he, Turner and Luke Recker have combined to make 81 of the Hoosiers 104 3-pointers. IU is shooting 37.9% in the losses but 35.3% in the victories. The Hoosiers are third in the league in 3-point shooting at 38.5% (conference games only).
THE BOARD REPORT: The Hoosiers were outrebounded by a 48-30 margin at Michigan State which was the second worst rebounding margin of the season (-21 vs. Iowa). Prior to the MSU game, IU had outrebounded four of their last six opponents with one game being tied. Indiana posted a season-high 31 defensive rebounds at Wisconsin en route to a conference best 40 rebounds. Indiana's rebounding margin is +0.9. The Hoosiers have been outrebounded in four of their losses and are at a -4.7 margin in the losses. IU has registered 40+ rebounds six times. The Hoosiers have held an edge in rebounding 11 times.
ASSISTS ANGLE: The Hoosiers have managed to record only 21 assists in the last two games after averaging 22.5 per game in the two previous contests. IU among the league leaders in assists and assists to turnovers ratio. The Hoosiers had a conference season-low 9 assists at Wisconsin and just 12 at MSU after registering 20 or more assists in three of the previous four games. IU has accomplished 20+ assists eight times this year (three times in league play). The season-high is 26 vs. NLU while the league high is 24 vs. Northwestern. Taking care of the ball has been a good barometer for Indiana success. In the victories they have 267 (19.1) assists but just 86 (14.3) in the losses.
TURNOVER TALE: The Hoosiers had a conference season-high 22 turnovers at Michigan State. That was only the third time they have had more than 20 in a game this season. It also marked the worst assist-to-turnover ratio game of the conference season. Indiana averages 15.6 per game overall and 15.5 in league play. In the victories the Hoosiers have turned the ball over 197 times (14.1 tpg) while in the losses that number inflates to 115 (19.2 tpg). Indiana has registered 12 games this season in which the assists have outnumbered the turnovers (happened only 5 times last season).
BLOCK PARTY: The Hoosiers have 78 blocks this season but 63 of those have come in the victories. IU has averaged 4 per game over the last four games. Andrae Patterson (23) leads the team.
SCORING SOME POINTS: The Hoosiers enter this afternoon's game averaging 75.7 points per game overall and a Big Ten-leading 77.0 a game in conference play. The Hoosiers have not reached 70 points in the last two games after doing so in eight consecutive games leading up to this stretch. Indiana averages 79.3 ppg in the wins but just 67.3 ppg in the losses. IU's 94 points vs. Purdue was the first time they had scored over 90 points in league play since posting 93 over Ohio State last year. Indiana's season-high is 103 vs. Northeast Louisiana in the final game in Hawai'i. The 103 points was the first time the Hoosiers had eclipsed the century mark since Dec. 29, 1995 when they also scored 103 points against Appalachian State (span of 56 games). The Hoosiers scored over 90 points only twice last year in 33 games but have done so three times this year.
MARGIN MATERIAL: Each of Indiana's wins this season have been by at least 6 points. The average margin of victory is 14 ppg while the loss margin stands at 9.9. Only six of the Hoosiers' games this season has been decided by less than 10 points P at Temple (-6), vs. Kentucky (-3), vs. South Alabama (+8), vs. Western Michigan (+7), at Illinois (-2) and vs. Purdue (+6).
MAKING THE STEAL: Indiana has averaged 7.4 steals a game over the last five contests. IU's season-high was 16 against SMSU (ties for the fifth-highest mark in school history). IU has 124 (8.9 spg) steals in the victories but just 35 (5.8 spg) in the losses. They have double figures in steals 5 times.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: The Hoosiers have held five opponents under 40% (accomplished 13 times last year in 33 games) including Wisconsin to an opponents' season-low 33.3%. The opponents are shooting 43.5% coming into this afternoon's game. In the victories, Indiana has held the opponents to 41.9% from the field and forced them into 238 turnovers which includes an opponents season-high 25 by USF. By contrast in the losses, the opponents are shooting 46.8% and have turned the ball over 89 times.
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD: This year the Hoosiers are 9-1 while leading at halftime, 5-4 when trailing and 0-1 when tied. The Hoosiers are usually good at holding onto a lead as they are 27-2 in the last 29 games in which they led at the half over the last two seasons.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Indiana has led the Big Ten in scoring over the last seven years with a average of 79.9 points per game... As strange as it might sound, no Indiana player has ever recorded a triple-double... The Hoosiers have had 27 consecutive winning seasons. Every Coach Knight team at IU has had a winning season. During Knight's tenure in Bloomington, Indiana is the only school in the Big Ten to register an overall winning record each year. Along those same lines with 9 conference victories last year, the Hoosiers have 24 (out of 26) non-losing conference seasons during Knight's tenure... Indiana is one of the top schools in the country during the 1990's. Entering the season, IU was 12th among all teams during this span with a 72.4 winning percentage... All-time in Assembly Hall the Hoosiers are an impressive 326-43 (.883) including a 196-36 (.845) record in Big Ten games. Since the beginning of the 1990-91 season the Hoosiers are 93-10 (.903) in Assembly Hall. Indiana is 63-23 (.733) against ranked teams in Assembly Hall... Indiana has won all eight of its games this season where it has scored 80 or more points. Over the last three years, Indiana is 24-5 when scoring at least 80 points.
NEXT UP: The Hoosiers host Penn State Wednesday (Feb. 4). Tipoff is 8 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised by the over-the-air ESPN-Plus network.
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