Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Welcome Minnesota to Assembly Hall Wednesday

    Go Hoosiers! IU is slated to take on Minnesota on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU is slated to take on Minnesota on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 1, 2011

    No. 18/20 Minnesota (16-5, 5-4) at Indiana (11-11, 2-7)
     Date Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011
     Time 6:30 p.m. ET
     Location Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
     Series Record IU leads series 92-65
     Last Meeting Jan. 4, 2011 - at Minnesota 67, Indiana 63
     Television Big Ten Network (Tom Hart and Quinn Buckner)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
     Live Stats Gametracker
    Game Notes Indiana | Minnesota
    Season Statistics Indiana | Minnesota
     Social Media @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan

    IU Athletics Closely Monitors Weather Situation For Minnesota Game

    **NOTE: The Big Ten Conference announced the start time for the Indiana game at home against Wisconsin on Tuesday. The game will be played on March 3 and will start at 9:00 p.m. ET. Either ESPN or ESPN2 will carry the game live with the final determination to be made at a later date.

    The Hoosiers will host No. 18/20 Minnesota on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and are coming off an 84-83 loss at No. 25 Michigan State on Sunday. The Golden Gophers lost at No. 10 Purdue, 73-61, on Saturday. Minnesota won the first meeting between the two teams, 67-63 on January 4. Last year, IU captured an 81-78 overtime victory over UM in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won four of the last five meetings in Bloomington.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 217-153 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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. He was a member of Tom Izzo's first staff at MSU from 1995-99.

    Tubby Smith is in his 20th season as a head coach and has a career record of 466-189. He is in his fourth season at Minnesota and has compiled a 79-44 record with the Golden Gophers following successful stops at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky. He has won at least 20 games in each of the past 17 seasons and helped lead UK to the 1998 NCAA National Championship.

    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.

    Indiana is second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in field goal percentage (48.1 percent).

    The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.

    Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 17 points and four assists against MSU. He is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (49.4 percent), and also is ninth overall in the Big Ten hitting 53.0 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.1 points in Big Ten play and leads the conference by making all 20 of his free throw attempts in nine league games.

    Sophomore Christian Watford had 21 points and five boards at MSU. He is the team's leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) and has made a team-high 111 free throws in 133 attempts.

    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 started 13 games this season and averaged 8.3 points. Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered his season-ending injury.

    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 three games due to inflammation in the right knee.

    Junior Matt Roth nailed 4-of-5 triples and finished with 12 points against Michigan State.
    Senior Jeremiah Rivers had 10 points and his first career 3-pointer at MSU.

    Freshman Victor Oladipo had 11 points and made all five field goal attempts against the Spartans. He has scored in double figures in five Big Ten games this season.

    Blake Hoffarber has taken over more of a scoring roll as well as the point guard duties with the injury to Al Nolen and the departure of Devoe Joseph. Hoffarber leads the Gophers with 14.0 points per game and 40 percent shooting from the 3-point line. Trevor Mbakwe is averaging a double-double with 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest. The Gophers are connecting on 33 percent from 3-point land while allowing 36 percent and they have turned the ball over 25 more times than their opponents.




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