Hoosiers Head to Michigan for Saturday Match-Up
Feb. 11, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
John Beilein is in his 29th season as a college head coach overall and in his fourth year at Michigan. With the Wolverines, he is 62-60 and overall he is 538-335 with stops at Nazareth, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor.
Junior Verdell Jones III had 10 points against Purdue. He returned to the lineup against Minnesota after missing three games with inflammation of the right knee and had 12 points and five rebounds. He become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career when he scored 15 points against Wisconsin on Jan. 20. He has averaged 12.9 points in 80 career games.
Jones had 24 points and made 9-of-10 field goals as the Hoosiers posted an 80-61 victory over Michigan in Assembly Hall on January 15.
Fall signee Cody Zeller was selected to the play in the 2011 McDonald's All-America game. The Washington, Ind., native is the third member of his family, joining brother's Luke and Tyler, to be selected to play in the event. When he plays for IU, he will be the 25th player to wear the Hoosiers' uniform as a McDonald's All-American.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is sixth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (45.3 percent), and also is ninth overall in the Big Ten hitting 51.6 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.6 points in Big Ten play and has made all 22 of his free throw attempts in league play.
Freshman Will Sheehey had a career-high 14 points against Purdue and had 12 against Iowa. He has started the last six games and has averaged 7.7 points in that time frame.
Freshman Victor Oladipo had eight points against Purdue and also had 12 points against Iowa and made 11-of-13 free throw attempts in those two games. He has scored in double figures in 6-of-12 Big Ten games this season.
Sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State on Jan. 30, where he had 21 points and five boards. He had surgery to repair the break on February 1. He is the team's leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) and has made a team-high 111 free throws in 133 attempts.
Sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella near the end of the game against Michigan on Jan. 15. He had successful surgery on Thursday, Jan. 20. Last year, Creek missed all of the Big Ten season with a fractured left patella. He started 13 games this season and averaged 8.3 points. Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered injury.
Junior Daniel Moore has been the defensive stopper guarding Illinois' Brandon Paul and Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber on game-tying 3-point field goal attempts in the final seconds of both Hoosier wins.
Junior Matt Roth nailed 4-of-5 triples and finished with 12 points against Michigan State and had nine against Minnesota.
Senior Jeremiah Rivers had seven points and four rebounds against Iowa and added 10 points and his first career 3-pointer at MSU. An outstanding defender, he is averaging 5.2 points in the last 10 games.
Sophomore Derek Elston gained the starting nod in place of Watford and had eight points, six rebounds and two steals against Minnesota. He also had six points against Iowa. He has started 10 games this season.
Junior Tom Pritchard had six points and six boards at Purdue and has started the last eight games. He led the Hoosiers with a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds in the win against Minnesota.
Sophomore Bobby Capobianco played 27 minutes combined against Minnesota and Iowa.
A GLANCE AT MICHIGAN
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