Men's Basketball

    Indiana Takes on Iowa Saturday in Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!
    Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 3, 2011

    Iowa (9-13, 2-8) at Indiana (12-11, 3-7)
     Date Saturday, February 5, 2011
     Time 4 p.m. ET
     Location Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
     Series Record IU leads 94-72
     Last Meeting Jan. 23, 2011 - Indiana 77, at Iowa 91
     Television ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Listen) | Sirius 121/XM 141
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    Game Notes Indiana | Iowa
    Season Statistics Indiana | Iowa
     Social Media @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan

    THE OPENING TIP
    The Hoosiers will host Iowa in the second of a two-game homestand. Indiana is coming off a 60-57 win over No. 18/20 Minnesota, the second straight win over a nationally ranked opponent in Assembly Hall (Illinois) in as many games. The Hawkeyes posted a 72-52 win over Michigan State at home on Wednesday night and defeated IU, 91-77, on January 23. The Hawkeyes have won three straight against IU winning 58-43 last year in Bloomington.

    THE COACHES
    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 218-153 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.

    Fran McCaffery is in his first season with the Hawkeyes after spending the previous five seasons at Sienna, compiling a 112-51 records. Prior to Sienna, McCaffery spent six seasons at UNC Greensboro (90-87 record) and three years at Lehigh (49-39 record). His career record as a head coach is 258-188 in 14-plus seasons.

    QUICK HITS
    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.

    Indiana is second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in field goal percentage (47.8 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.

    Junior Tom Pritchard led the Hoosiers with a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds in the win against Minnesota. He made all five of his field goal attempts.

    Junior Verdell Jones III returned to the lineup after missing three games with inflammation of the right knee and had 12 points and five rebounds. He become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career when he scored 15 points against Wisconsin on Jan. 20. He has averaged 13.0 points in 78 career games.

    Sophomore Jordan Hulls is seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (46.7 percent), and also is 10th overall in the Big Ten hitting 51.9 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 12.6 points in Big Ten play and leads the conference by making all 22 of his free throw attempts in 10 league games.

    Freshman Will Sheehey has started the last four games and has averaged 5.3 points in that time.

    Sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State where he had 21 points and five boards at MSU. He had surgery to repair the break on February 1. 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 injury.

    Junior Daniel Moore has been the defensive stopper guarding Illinois' Brandon Paul and Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber on game-tying 3-point field goal attempts in the final seconds of both Hoosier wins.

    Junior Matt Roth nailed 4-of-5 triples and finished with 12 points against Michigan State and had nine against Minnesota. He is averaging 7.0 point in his last three games.

    Senior Jeremiah Rivers had 10 points and his first career 3-pointer at MSU. An outstanding defender, he is averaging 5.6 points in the last five games.

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

    Sophomore Derek Elston gained the starting nod in place of Watford and had eight points, six rebounds and two steals. He has started nine games this season.

    Sophomore Bobby Capobianco saw his most minutes in Big Ten play and had three boards in 14 minutes against Minnesota.

    A GLANCE AT IOWA
    Iowa enters Saturday's game with the Hoosiers coming off a 20-point beating of Michigan State in Iowa City. Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures led by Matt Gatens' 19 points. Iowa is allowing its opponents to shoot just under 50 percent from the field and the Hawkeyes are being outscored 66-74 in conference games. As a team, they are shooting 36 percent from the 3-point line in Big Ten games while giving up 39 percent.

     

     

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