Feb. 2, 2012
|No. 20/20 Indiana (17-6, 5-6) at Purdue (15-7, 5-4)
||Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
||7 p.m. ET
||West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena (14,123)
||BTN (Dave Revsine & Jim Jackson)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 128/XM 190
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will visit Purdue on Saturday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 68-56 loss at Michigan, while the Boilermakers won at Northwestern, 58-56, last Saturday. Indiana is ranked 20th by the Associated Press and in the USA Today/Coaches poll, and entered the rankings for the first time under Tom Crean's tenure after the Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky 73-72, on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. IU also edged No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on New Years Eve. IU is the first Big Ten team since Minnesota in 1952-53 to defeat the top two ranked teams in the same season. This week is the 506th appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 235-168 all-time as a head coach and has five wins over nationally ranked foes in the last calendar year. Crean is 4-4 in his career against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2 and 7-10 vs. teams ranked in the top five. Crean was named midseason winner of the Jim Phelan Award which is the National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com and selected by SI.com as the Midseason Coach of the Year. Sunday, Jan. 22 was his 400th game as a head coach.
Matt Painter is in his seventh season as the head coach at Purdue and has a record of 153-71 with the Boilermakers. Before arriving in West Lafayette, he served as an assistant coach under Gene Keady and was the head coach at Southern Illinois for the 2003-04 season where he led the Salukis to a 25-5 record.
The Hoosiers are 29-26 since the beginning of last season and took just 22 games to win 17 this year after winning 16 in two seasons from 2008-10. IU has improved its scoring average 19.5 points since averaging 60.1 points in Crean's first season at IU (2008-09), now averaging 78.5. The Hoosiers have improved their field goal percentage defense to 42.6 percent from 48.0 four years ago and are shooting 43.5 from long distance after shooting just 33.5 percent that first year. The Cream and Crimson are also shooting 49.9 percent from the field as opposed to 43.0. IU will likely move back into the top 10 in the nation in attendance, averaging 16,158 fans with six remaining home games, and are expected to average more than 17,000 per game for the remainder of the season. IU averaged 14,331 in attendance in 2008-09.
The Hoosiers' five-game win improvement is the highest among major conference programs.
The Hoosiers are 11th in the Sagarin Ratings, 14th in kenpom.com and 23rd in the RPI.
Indiana has shot 49.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from 3-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and fourth in field goal percentage, and lead the Big Ten averaging 78.5 points per game. The Hoosiers are also averaging 17.7 points per game off of turnovers. IU is third nationally among BCS teams making 17.8 free throws per game.
Among the major conference teams, IU is the leader in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and are sixth in scoring.
Freshman Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times. He was also named a Second Team Midseason All-American by ESPN.com, the Sporting News and SI.com and was one of four Big Ten players named to the Midseason Top 25 list for the Wooden Award. Zeller leads the Hoosiers averaging 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He leads the Big Ten and is third in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.2 percent of his field goal attempts. He is on pace to break the school's single season shooting mark of 62.8 set by Matt Nover in 1992-93. He had a career-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting against Iowa. He is coming off his first Big Ten double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Michigan.
Junior Christian Watford had a 15-point night against Iowa. He also had 12 points against Wisconsin. He is averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 boards per game this season. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,121 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kentucky earlier this year.
Senior Verdell Jones III did not play in the second half against Michigan because of a bruised shoulder. He had one of his best games of the season against Iowa with 14 points and nine assists, which matched his career-high. He is sixth among active scorers in the Big Ten with 1,302 points. He has made 102 career starts. He had 12 first-half points against Wisconsin.
Junior Jordan Hulls had a team-high 18 points at Michigan. He also had five assists and made 4-of-5 3-pointers. He is second in the league hitting on 50.0 percent of his 3-point attempts. He is one of the best in the league in free throw shooting making 89.4 percent of his charity tosses. He is averaging 12.2 points per game and has made 50-of-100 triples. He is the Hoosiers active leader with 64 consecutive starts.
Sophomore Will Sheehey made his first start of the season and had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists against Iowa. He was averaging 9.5 points per game off the bench. He had 12 points against Minnesota in 15 minutes after missing five games with a lower left leg injury. He was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo came off the bench for the first time this season and had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists against Iowa. Five of his boards were of the offensive variety. He also had six points and six rebounds at Michigan. He is averaging 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He leads the team with 37 steals, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten (1.6). He had 15 points, six boards and three steals against Ohio State. He had the game-winning layup in the final minute to give IU the win over the Buckeyes. He had 10 points, six boards and two steals against Minnesota.
Senior Matt Roth has hit 22-of-36 long distance shots (61.1) since December 19. He had 22 points off the bench at Penn State and made 5-of-6 triples in that game. He leads the Big Ten making 55.1percent of his 3-point attempts. He also has shot 56.7 percent from long distance in the Big Ten. Roth is the sixth Hoosier to eclipse the 20-point mark, a Big Ten best.
Senior walk-on guard Kory Barnett scored his first points in a Big Ten game on Sunday against Iowa on a layup in the final minute. He has scored seven points this season, a career high for a season for the Rochester, Ind., native, and now has 12 in his career.
Senior forward Tom Pritchard came off the bench and was a spark plug in the Hoosiers 103-89 win against Iowa, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds and taking a pair of charges in 14 minutes of action. He also had a steal that led to a fastbreak layup that he converted during the Hoosiers run late in the first half to extend to a 17-point halftime lead.
Another one of the front line players came off the bench and provided a lift, as junior forward Derek Elston had nine points against Michigan after he matched his season high with 11 points against Iowa (11 vs. Stony Brook in season opener). It's also the most points he scored in a Big Ten game since 2010. He had eight straight points and a block in a 68 second span in the win over the Hawkeyes.