Feb. 8, 2010
INDIANA (9-13, 3-7 BIG TEN) vs. #13 OHIO STATE (18-6, 8-3 BIG TEN)
February 10, 2010 6:30 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Indiana leads 101-74
TV: Big Ten Network (Chris Denari, Shon Morris and Charissa Thompson)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 90 XM: 196
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Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and welcomes the Ohio State Buckeyes to Assembly Hall on Wednesday. This is the second meeting between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes, with Ohio State claiming a 79-54 victory in Columbus on Jan. 6. Sophomore Verdell Jones III led all scorers with 22 points, while Ohio State's Jon Diebler poured in 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting beyond the arc. IU is coming off a 78-61 loss at Northwestern on Sunday, while Ohio State came away with a 68-58 win at home against Iowa. This is the first of three straight games against a nationally-ranked opponent for the Hoosiers. Indiana will travel to #11 Wisconsin on February 13 and will host #10 Michigan State on February 16.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 205-134 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country.
Thad Matta is in his sixth year at Ohio State, where he has compiled a 145-52 record. He also has coached at Butler and Xavier.
JONES III IS BIG IN THE BIG TEN
Sophomore Verdell Jones III
continues to emerge as a force in the Big Ten for Indiana averaging 14.3 points in 28 career league contests. He is coming off a career-high 28-point performance at Northwestern and is averaging 24.0 points in the last three games. He also had six assists and five rebounds against the Wildcats and made 12-of-13 free throws. Jones has scored 20-or-more points in four of his last six games in conference play, including 22 points against Illinois and Purdue. He had five key points in the final minutes at Penn State to help secure the road win and scored six of the Hoosiers' final eight points in the overtime win against Minnesota, including the go-ahead basket with 32.8 seconds left in the game. At Penn State, his short jumper gave IU the lead for good at 42-40 in the second half, and his lone long distance call with 2:58 to go took the IU lead from three to six points. Dating back to last season, he has eight 20-point contests in his last 12 games against Big Ten foes. Jones is 11th in the conference in scoring this season, averaging 14.9 points overall and 18.6 points in league play (6th in the Big Ten).
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
In a league dominated by upperclassmen, Coach Tom Crean has seen three of his younger players emerge as some of the finest in their respective classes. Sophomore Verdell Jones III (14.9 ppg.) is the second highest scorer among second-year performers and freshman Christian Watford (12.4 ppg.) is the top scoring freshman in the Big Ten. In addition, freshman Maurice Creek was averaging a then rookie-best 16.4 ppg., when he was lost for the season in the final con-conference tilt against IU. In fact, IU is the only league school that has a combination of three sophomores and freshmen averaging double figures in points scored.
The Hoosiers return to the road on Saturday for their first meeting of the season with the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. Tip is set for 2:00 p.m. ET and the game will carried live on the Big Ten Network.