Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Travel To Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers! Verdell Jones hit a halfcourt shot against Minnesota
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    Verdell Jones hit a halfcourt shot against Minnesota
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 9, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-16, 1-9 Big Ten) at #19 MINNESOTA (18-5, 6-5 Big Ten)
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 9:00 p.m. ET
    Williams Arena - 14,625 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
    Series Record: IU leads, 88-65
    Last Meeting: Minnesota 67, at Indiana 63 (1/25/09)
    TV: Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris)
    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 Minnesota on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 75-47 loss at Michigan State, while Minnesota fell at Ohio State, 64-58. Minnesota won the first meeting between the two teams, 67-63 in Bloomington. last year, Indiana won 65-60 in Minneapolis. The Hoosiers will be without leading scorer Devan Dumes who has been suspended indefinitely.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-16 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. Minnesota's Tubby Smith is 38-19 in two seasons with the Gophers.

    JUST FOR DON FISCHER
    Indiana records have the series at 88-65 for the Hoosiers. Minnesota has the series at 86-59. Indiana received two forfeits from the 1977 season and the Gopher record books do not recognize any games played from 1994-1999.

    ODDS AND TRENDS
    In the last five games, Indiana is shooting 47.4 percent from three-point range (45-95). Junior Devan Dumes (56.3), freshman Matt Roth (51.5), freshman Verdell Jones III (40.0) and freshman Malik Story (40.0) all have been impressive with their long distance accuracy since the last Minnesota game. 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).

    Indiana is third in league games only shooting 39.2 percent from long distance. Indiana also is second in the league in rebound margin at +3.7 per game. Dumes was averaging 18.0 points in the last five games. He had a career-high 27 points against Iowa and 26 against Northwestern. Dumes made 8-of-9 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 6-of-6 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 31 minutes per game in the last three contests. He matched his season highs with seven points and eight boards against Iowa.

    In the last three games, freshman Nick Williams is averaging 10.7 points and shooting 83.3 percent from the line. Freshman Verdell Jones III is averaging 9.6 points in Big Ten play which ties Williams for second on the team.

     

     

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