Feb. 7, 2014
| Indiana (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten)
at Minnesota (15-8, 4-6 Big Ten)
||Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
||8:15 p.m. ET
||Minneapolis, Minn. Williams Arena (14,625)
||BTN (Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will visit Minnesota on Saturday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 63-52 win at home over #10 Michigan, while Minnesota lost in triple overtime, 77-74, at Purdue on
Wednesday night. This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams.
Senior Will Sheehey needs 24 points to become the 47th player in IU history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark with the Hoosiers. With a B1G best defense the last two weeks (57.3 ppg.), the Hoosiers have allowed opponents to shoot just (40.2) from field and (30.1) from long distance since January 21. IU is one of four major conference teams starting 3 or more freshman. Kentucky (4), Kansas and South Carolina are others. Freshmen Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams could be just the second freshmen duo since freshmen could be eligible in the 70's to start every game in a season as a Hoosier. Robert Vaden and D.J. White started all 29 games in 2004-05.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 70-24 (.745 winning pct.) and 47-5 at home. In the last 94 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,763) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.9), and free throw percentage (74.8). IU is 12-4 in the month of February during that time frame.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 288-186 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 70-24 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Richard Pitino is in his first year as the head coach at Minnesota. He is 15-8 with the Golden Gophers.
FERRELL LEADS B1G IN SCORING
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell had 27 points, making seven of eighth 3-pointers against Michigan, and shut down the Wolverines' Nik Stauskas on defense allowing him just one field goal in IU's last outing. He leads the Big Ten in scoring in conference games (19.2) and also leads in 3FG made per game (2.8). Overall, he is second in the conference in scoring (17.8) and fifth in assists (4.0). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.3 points/game) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 44.1 percent (2nd in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3-pointers made (60) after making 23 a season ago and is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (83.2). He had 14 points and five assists against Nebraska. Against Illinois, he scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and a career-high 30 points at Illinois in the Big Ten opener. At Penn State, Ferrell posted 15 points, seven assists and just one turnover while not allowing Penn State's All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier to garner an assist. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic earlier this season when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the four games that were part of the event.
VONLEH AMONG NATION'S TOP FRESHMAN
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times after he posted his B1G best ninth double-double with 10 points and 12 boards against Michigan. The Haverhill, Mass, native was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list, which honors the nation's top freshman. Vonleh is averaging 11.7 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. He is fifth in the league in shooting (53.9). In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (27) and free throws made (81) and attempted (113). He posted his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan State. He had a career-high 19 points and six rebounds at Penn State and scored the team's first 12 points. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. He also has made 9-of-12 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He posted 17 points and 12 rebounds against Northwestern. He had his Big Ten career-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois two weeks ago.