Hoosiers Face Boilers Tuesday Night
Feb. 6, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Matt Painter is in his sixth season at Purdue and has a record of 130-61 with the Boilermakers. He spent one season at Southern Illinois as the head coach prior to returning to his alma mater to replace the legendary Gene Keady.
Indiana is second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in field goal percentage (47.8 percent).
Sophomore Jordan Hulls tied a career-high with 24 points against Iowa. He is sixth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (46.7 percent), and also is sixth overall in the Big Ten hitting 52.6 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.6 points in Big Ten play and leads the conference by making all 22 of his free throw attempts in 11 league games.
Freshman Will Sheehey has started the last five games and has averaged 6.8 points in that time. He had a career-high 12 points against Iowa.
Freshman Victor Oladipo also had 12 points against Iowa and made 7-of-9 free throw attempts. He has scored in double figures in 6-of-11 Big Ten games this season.
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 in that game.
Junior Verdell Jones III returned to the lineup against Minnesota 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 12.9 points in 79 career games.
Sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State where he had 21 points and five boards. 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 five games.
Senior Jeremiah Rivers had seven points and four rebounds against Iowa and added 10 points and his first career 3-pointer at MSU. An outstanding defender, he is averaging 5.8 points in the last five games.
Sophomore Derek Elston gained the starting nod in place of Watford and had eight points, six rebounds and two steals against Minnesota. He also had six points against Iowa. He has started 10 games this season.
The Hoosiers have led at halftime in road games at Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.
Walk-on freshman Jeff Howard saw his first Big Ten action and had an offensive rebound against Iowa.
Sophomore Bobby Capobianco has played 27 minutes in the last two games.
A GLANCE AT PURDUE
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