Hoosiers Welcome Minnesota to Assembly Hall Wednesday
Feb. 1, 2011
**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 OPENING TIP
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 second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in field goal percentage (48.1 percent).
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.
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.
A GLANCE AT MINNESOTA
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