No. 3/3 Indiana Takes on No. 1/2 Michigan Saturday
Feb. 1, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Hoosiers will play host to Michigan in a battle for the top spot in the Big Ten standings on Saturday night. The two teams split a pair of meetings last year, with both teams winning on its home court. Both teams enter Saturday riding four-game winning streaks in conference play. IU is coming off a 97-60 road win at Purdue.
ASSEMBLY HALL'S BEST: When No. 1 Michigan takes on No. 3 Indiana on Saturday, it will mark the first-ever meeting between two teams ranked in the top three (AP) in Assembly Hall history (since 1971-72 season). The previous best was a 93-92 win by No. 1 Indiana over No. 4 Michigan on Feb. 14, 1993.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked third by the Associated Press and in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. This is the 25th straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
COACHES: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 46-11 mark during the last year and a half. He is 264-173 all-time as a head coach and has eight wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. John Beilein is in his sixth season as the head coach at Michigan and has posted a 111-78 record with the Wolverines.
ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY: ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm - the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball studio program originating from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast - is in its ninth season and on Saturday, Feb. 2, it will originate from the Indiana University campus. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN with a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN The Michigan-Indiana game will tip-off at 9 p.m. New this season, Jalen Rose joins the College GameDay crew, replacing Hubert Davis behind the desk. Rose will be a featured analyst on GameDay, as well as additional college basketball studio programming and games. For the ninth year, Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Rose to preview all the day's action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.
DEFENSIVE COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR: After 21 games, IU has improved from 41.4 field goal percentage defense to 37.4, 3-point field goal defense from 31.8 to 30.9, rebound margin from +1.8 to +10.3 and points allowed from 64.7 to 60.4. Through eight Big Ten games, field goal defense has improved from 46.1 to 39.1, 3-point field goal defense 34.0 to 31.5, rebound margin from -0.4 to +5.5 and points per game, 73.0 to 62.4.
ON THE WATCH LIST: Junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller were selected as part of the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason watch list by the USBWA. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell was named to the Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List, which goes to the nation's best freshman.
HISTORY: This is Indiana's 113th season of college basketball. The Hoosiers, who have won five NCAA titles, 20 Big Ten titles, including 11 outright, have the best winning percentage in league game history winning 59.5 percent of its conference tilts (826-558).
THE LAST TWO YEARS: Indiana is 46-11 (Best in Big Ten, 80.7 winning pct.), 9-6 on the road, 15-9 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 31-2 at home. IU leads all major conference school's in field goal percentage (50.0 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (42.3 percent).
OLADIPO NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Victor Oladipo is the most improved player in the country (let's debate) and likely will be a candidate for National Defensive Player of the Year. The Big Ten leader in steals (2.5) is always given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers and has improved his field goal shooting percentage from 47.1 to 65.5, his 3-point field goal percentage from 20.8 to 52.9 and his offensive rebounds from 1.75 per game to 2.6. He is averaging 14.0 points per game. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after he averaged 20 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 4.5 steals as the Hoosiers defeated Penn State and No. 13/11 Michigan State at home. Against Penn State he had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win. Against MSU, he had 21 points, seven boards, three blocks and six steals. His blocks tied a career-high and his steals set a new IU-best for the season. He followed that up with a 17-point, six-rebound, three-steal performance at Purdue on Wednesday.
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