Men's Basketball

    Indiana To Host #20/22 Illinois on Sunday

    Go Hoosiers! Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 13, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-17, 1-10 Big Ten) vs. #20/22 ILLINOIS (20-5, 8-4 Big Ten)
    Sunday, February 15, 2009, 1:00 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall - 17,354 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: IU leads, 82-79
    Last Meeting: at Illinois 76, Indiana 45 (1/10/09)
    TV: CBS (Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and hosts Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers are coming off a 62-54 loss at Minnesota, while Illinois posted a 60-59 comeback win at Northwestern. Illinois won the first meeting between the two teams, 76-45 in Champaign. Last year, Indiana won in Bloomington, 62-58. Sunday's game is sold out.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-17 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. Illinois' Bruce Weber is 148-52 and is in his sixth year with the Illini.

    In the last five games, Indiana is shooting 43.0 percent from three-point range (43-100). Junior Devan Dumes (3.8), freshman Matt Roth (46.3) and freshman Verdell Jones III (41.2) all have been impressive with their long distance accuracy since the first Minnesota game.

    This is the seventh game this season for Indiana against a nationally ranked opponent. The Hoosiers' schedule is ranked the second toughest in the country by Sagarin, fourth toughest by, and 10th toughest in ESPN's RPI.

    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 second in league games only shooting 38.2 percent from long distance. Indiana also is second in the league in rebound margin at +2.5 per game.

    Freshman Verdell Jones III, a native of Champaign, had a Big Ten high 18 points at Minnesota. He is averaging 10.4 points in Big Ten play which is second on the team. He also had seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks against the Gophers. 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.

    Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 18.0 points in his 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.

    Senior Kyle Taber played a career-high 37 minutes in the Iowa game and he has averaged 30.3 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 12.0 points and shooting 85.7 percent from the line.




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