No. 23/23 Hoosiers Take On Illinois Thursday
Feb. 7, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Bruce Weber is in his ninth season as the head coach at Illinois and has a record of 209-93 with the Fighting Illini. Overall, he is in his 14th season as a head coach including five years at Southern Illinois to give him an overall record of 312-147.
The Hoosiers are slotted 9th in the Sagarin Ratings and by kenpom.com and are 18th in the RPI.
Indiana has shot 49.5 percent from the field, 43.1 percent from 3-point range and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and seventh in field goal percentage, and lead the Big Ten averaging 78.5 points per game. The Hoosiers are also averaging 16.6 points per game off of turnovers. IU is fourth nationally among BCS teams making 17.9 free throws per game.
Among the major conference teams, IU is the leader in 3-point field goal percentage, second in field goal percentage and are sixth in scoring.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo had a career-high 23 points in the win at Purdue. He added eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the game and made 10-of-12 charity tosses. He is averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He leads the team with 37 steals, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten (1.5). 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.
Junior Christian Watford had a 15-point night against Iowa. He also had 12 points against Wisconsin. He is averaging 12.1 points and 5.6 boards per game this season. He is second among all Big Ten juniors with 1,125 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 and at Purdue 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 10 points at Purdue and a team-high 18 points at Michigan. He also had five assists and made 4-of-5 3-pointers in Ann Arbor. He is second in the league hitting on 48.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. He is one of the best in the league in free throw shooting making 90.2 percent of his charity tosses. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and has made 50-of-103 triples. He is the Hoosiers' active leader with 65 consecutive starts.
Senior Matt Roth has hit 22-of-37 long distance shots (60.4) 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 55.1 percent 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.
Sophomore Will Sheehey had seven points, seven boards and a career-high three blocked shots against Purdue, including a game-saver against Lewis Jackson late in the contest. He 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 was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational. In the last five games, Sheehey has made 4-of-7 3-pointers (57.1 percent).
Junior forward Derek Elston made his first start of the season at Purdue and had five points and six rebounds. He 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. He is no longer wearing a protective mask in games, which he wore after breaking his nose in late December. He is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from 3-point range in the last five games.
Freshman Remy Abell was huge off the bench at Purdue when he scored a career-high 13 points and added four rebounds. He made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and hit a dagger 3-pointer with just over a minute to go to clinch the game. Against Michigan, he came off the bench and had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes of action. In the last five games, Abell is averaging 4.3 points and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
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.
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