Feb. 2, 2010
INDIANA (9-11, 3-5 BIG TEN) vs. PURDUE (18-3, 6-3 BIG TEN)
February 4, 2010 7:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Purdue leads 108-84
TV: ESPN (Dave O'Brien and Steve Lavin)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 91 XM: N/A
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and plays host to arch-rival Purdue on Thursday night in Bloomington. It is the first meeting between the two teams this season. Last year, the Boilers took the only matchup against the Hoosiers, winning in West Lafayette 81-67. The Hoosiers enter the game 9-11 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten after falling on a buzzer beater at Illinois on Saturday, 72-70. Purdue enters the contest ranked in the top 10 with its 18-3 record, including a 6-3 mark in the conference. The Boilermakers have won four straight contests, the latest a 66-46 win over Penn State on Sunday, since losing three in a row in early January.
CREEK AND WATFORD AMONG NATION'S TOP FROSH
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 205-132 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Matt Painter is in his fifth year at Purdue, where he has a 101-53 record as the head coach. Prior to moving to West Lafayette, he spent a year as the head man at Southern Illinois, leading the Salukis to a 25-5 record. He also spent five years there as an assistant to Bruce Weber.
Freshmen Maurice Creek
and Christian Watford
were named among the top freshmen in the country based on performance by CollegeHoops.net this past week. Creek, who was averaging 16.4 points before suffering a season ending knee injury, was ranked 12th nationally. Watford, who was ranked among others to watch after the first 25 were listed, is tops among Big Ten frosh in scoring (12.4), rebounds (5.6) and free throw percentage (80.7%). He is averaging 12.4 points in Big Ten play.
JONES III ELEVATING HIS GAME
Sophomore Verdell Jones III, a native of Champaign, Ill., continues to emerge as a force in the Big Ten for Indiana. Jones led all scorers with 22 points at Illinois after posting a team-high 14 points against Iowa. He had five key points in the final minutes at Penn State and scored six of the Hoosiers' final eight points in the overtime win against Minnesota, including the go-ahead basket with 32.8 seconds left in the game. At Penn State, his short jumper gave IU the lead for good at 42-40 in the second half, and his lone long distance call with 2:58 to go took the IU lead from three to six points. Dating back to last season, he has six 20-point contests in his last 10 games against Big Ten foes. Jones is 13th in the conference in scoring this season, averaging 13.9 points overall and 17.0 points in league play (8th in the Big Ten).
CRIMSON AND GOLD CUP
With tonight's contest, a half-point is on the line in the Smithville Crimson & Gold Cup standings. Currently, the Hoosiers and Boilers are tied at 3.5 heading into tonight's game.