No. 1/2 Indiana Takes on Nebraska Wednesday
Feb. 12, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Hoosiers begin a two-game homestand when they play host to Nebraska on Wednesday night. This will be the first visit by the Cornhuskers to Bloomington since 1974. The Hoosiers are coming off an 81-68 road win at No. 10/10 Ohio State. Junior Victor Oladipo (26 points), sophomore Cody Zeller (24) and senior Christian Watford (20) led the way for IU. The Hoosiers are a nation's best 5-0 when facing a nationally ranked opponent. Overall, IU is 6-3 against teams that have been nationally ranked at some point this season.
SIGNIFICANCE OF OSU WIN: IU gets its first double-digit road win at a top-10 foe since Dec. 5, 1964, at No. 8 Kansas State, 81-70. The win is the first for Indiana on the road against a top-10 team since Dec. 5, 2000, when they beat No. 10 Notre Dame, 86-78. It is the Hoosiers' first road win against at top-25 team since a 77-66 triumph at Iowa on Jan. 13, 2002. The victory gives the Hoosiers five road wins in Big Ten play, clinching a winning road record in conference play for the first time since 2008. IU begins the week in a first place tie with Michigan State at 9-2 atop the Big Ten Conference standings.
INDIANA IS ...: Ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the second straight week and eighth week overall this season. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Hoosiers checked in at No. 2. It is the 52nd week all-time that the Hoosiers have held down the top spot in the AP poll after being in the top spot for the first six weeks of the season. This is the 27th straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
COACHES: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 48-12 mark during the last year and a half. He is 266-174 all-time as a head coach and has nine wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Tim Miles is in his first season as the head coach at Nebraska after spending the previous five seasons at Colorado State. His career record, which includes stops at North Dakota State, Southwest Minnesota State and Mayville State, is 295-232.
DEFENSIVE COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR: Through 24 games this season (compared to the first 24 games last season), IU has improved from 41.9 field goal percentage defense to 38.2, 3-point field goal defense from 32.7 to 31.0, rebound margin from +3.8 to +9.3 and points allowed from 65.7 to 61.8. Through 11 Big Ten games, field goal defense has improved from 47.2 to 40.3, 3-point field goal defense 35.3 to 31.6, rebound margin from +0.9 to +4.9 and points per game, 72.5 to 64.9.
HISTORY: This is Indiana's 113th season of college basketball. The Hoosiers, who have won five NCAA titles, 20 Big Ten titles, including 11 outright, have the best winning percentage in league game history winning 58.5 percent of its conference tilts (872-617).
THE LAST TWO YEARS: Indiana is 48-12 (tied for best in Big Ten, 80.0 winning pct.), 10-7 on the road, 16-10 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 32-2 at home.
"O-LA-DI-PO": Junior Victor Oladipo is the most improved player in the country (let's debate) and likely will be a candidate for National Defensive Player of the Year. The Big Ten leader in steals (2.3) is always given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers. In addition, he has improved his field goal shooting percentage from 47.1 to 64.5, his 3-point field goal percentage from 20.8 to 53.8 and his offensive rebounds from 1.8 per game to 3.4. He had a career-high 26 points and added eight rebounds against Ohio State.
ZELLER: Preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller has had five double-doubles in the first 11 games of Big Ten play and is averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds in the conference. He is shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the line. He was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on January 14 and again on Feb. 4. He is seventh in the nation overall in field goal percentage (60.5 percent) and leads the league in free throws made (130) and attempted (174). He had 24 points and eight boards at Ohio State.
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