Feb. 11, 2010
INDIANA (9-13, 3-7 BIG TEN) vs. #11 WISCONSIN (18-6, 8-4 BIG TEN)
February 13, 2010 2:00 p.m. ET
Madison, Wis. Kohl Center (17,230)
Series Record: Indiana leads 94-61
Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Jim Jackson)
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 90 XM: 196
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and travels to the Kohl Center to take on #11 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers are coming off a 69-52 loss at home to #13 Ohio State, while the Badgers lost at home to Illinois 63-56. This is the second of three straight games for the Hoosiers against nationally ranked teams. IU will host #10 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
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. Bo Ryan is in his ninth year at Wisconsin, where he has compiled a 193-73 record. He also has coached at Wisconsin-Platteville and Milwaukee.
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 14.2 points in 29 career league contests. He had a career-high 28-point performance at Northwestern and is averaging 20.3 points, five rebounds and is shooting 90.5% from the free throw line in the last three games. He had 23 points against the Badgers last year in Madison. He also had 22 points against Illinois and Purdue earlier this season. 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 14.7 points overall and 17.9 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
(14.7 ppg.) is the second-highest scorer among second-year performers and freshman Christian Watford
(12.5 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.
Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 16, for a matchup with No. 10 Michigan State at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.