Men's Basketball

    Indiana And Penn State Meet In Assembly Hall On Wednesday

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 11, 2014

    Indiana (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten)
    vs. Penn State (12-12, 3-8 Big Ten)
     Date Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
     Time 7:00 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. • Assembly Hall (17,472)
     Television BTN (Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
    Game Notes Indiana | Penn State
    Season Statistics Indiana Stats | Penn State
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     Social Media @IndianaMBB

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Penn State on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 66-60 loss on the road at Minnesota, while Penn State fell at home to Illinois, 60-55. Indiana won the first meeting in State College taking home a 79-76 win on January 11. The Hoosiers have won the last six meetings in the series.

    KEY STATS
    Senior Will Sheehey needs 13 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 three weeks (59.0 ppg.), the Hoosiers have allowed opponents to shoot just (41.3) from field and (30.3) 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 70-25 (.737 winning pct.) and 47-5 at home. In the last 95 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,774) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.9), and free throw percentage (74.7).

    THE COACHES
    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 288-187 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 70-25 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. Pat Chambers is in his third year as the head coach at Penn State. He is 34-53 with the Nittany Lions.

    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. He leads the Big Ten in scoring in conference games (18.7) and also leads in 3FG made per game (2.7). Overall, he is second in the conference in scoring (17.6) and fifth in assists (4.0). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.1 points/game) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 42.8 percent (2nd in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3-pointers made (62) after making 23 a season ago and is third in the league in free throw percentage (83.5). 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. He has posted a B1G-best 10 double doubles with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Minnesota. He also notched his 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 9.5 rebounds per game. He is fifth in the league in shooting (54.0). In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (29) and free throws made (82) and attempted (115). 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 ion January 26.

     

     


       

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