Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Travel To Michigan State

    Go Hoosiers! Nick Williams
    Go Hoosiers!
    Nick Williams
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 5, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-15, 1-8 Big Ten) vs. #13/14 MICHIGAN STATE (18-4, 8-2 Big Ten)
    Saturday, February 7, 2009, 4:00 p.m. ET
    Breslin Center - 14,759 (East Lansing, Mich.)
    Series Record: IU leads, 65-44
    Last Meeting: at Michigan State 103, Indiana 74 (3/2/08)
    TV: ESPN (Dave O'Brien and Bob Wenzel)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and visits Michigan State on Saturday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 68-60 win at home against Iowa, while the Spartans defeated Minnesota, 76-47 at home on Wednesday. This will be the third straight home game for MSU. Indiana will also go on the road to play Minnesota Tuesday night. Indiana defeated Michigan State, 80-61 last year in Bloomington, yet lost in East Lansing, 103-74.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-15 with the Hoosiers. 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. Michigan State's Tom Izzo is in his 14th season with the Spartans and is 323-134 in 13-plus seasons with the Spartans.

    MICHIGAN STATE TIES RUN DEEP FOR CREAN
    Indiana Coach Tom Crean, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, considers MSU Coach Tom Izzo as one of his best friends and most influential mentors. Crean worked at Michigan State under Jud Heathcote in 1989-90 and was an assistant for Izzo from 1995-99 before taking the head coaching job at Marquette.

    ODDS AND TRENDS
    Indiana matched its season low with 11 turnovers against Iowa. The 20 first half points scored by the Hawkeyes matched the Hoosiers' best defensive half of the season (20 in the first half vs, IUPUI). The Hoosiers are shooting 53.1 percent from three-point range in the last four games (42-for-79) and are now second in three-point shooting in league games (41.3%). Indiana is averaging 15.5 assists in the last four games.

    Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 21.3 points and is shooting 62.1 percent from long distance in the last four games. He had a career-high 27 points against Iowa and had 26 against Northwestern. Dumes made eight of nine shots from the field and all five of his three-point field goal attempts. Dumes tied Kyle Hornsby (2002 at Michigan) and Keith Smart (1987 at Ohio State) for the Hoosiers most accurate long range effort in a Big Ten game. Robert Vaden has the overall IU mark after making six of six in 2006 at Ball State. He is the first Hoosier to score 20 points or more in the first half (he had 21 at Northwestern) since D.J. White had 20 against Tennessee State last season.

    Freshman Matt Roth's record 29-point effort against Ohio State made him the first freshman in conference history to make nine three-pointers (11 attempts) in a league game and his effort was the single-best scoring output by a Hoosier non-starter ever.

    Senior Kyle Taber played a career-high 37 minutes in the Iowa game and he has averaged 35 minutes per game in the last two contests. He matched his season highs with seven points and eight boards against Iowa.

    Freshman Tom Pritchard was a high school teammate of Michigan State's Delvon Roe at Lakewood St. Edward High School near Cleveland. Pritchard is the top freshman rebounder in the Big Ten at seven boards per game.

     

     


       

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