No. 18/20 Hoosiers Take On Northwestern Wednesday
Feb. 13, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Bill Carmody is in his 12th season at Northwestern and a has career record of 175-186 with the Wildcats. Overall, he is 267-211 in his 16th season as a head coach.
Indiana has shot 49.6 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and sixth in field goal percentage, and lead the Big Ten averaging 78.7 points per game.
IU is the leader among BCS teams making 18.6 free throws per game. The Hoosiers also are the leader in 3-point field goal percentage, second in field goal percentage and are sixth in scoring among major conference teams.
In conference games only, IU is the league's best in scoring (73.1), field goal percentage (47.8), free throw percentage (75.8) and 3-point percentage (41.4).
Sophomore Victor Oladipo has averaged 20.5 points in his last two games after he had 18 points against Illinois and had a career-high 23 points in the win at Purdue. He has made 20-of-24 free throws in that two-game span. He leads the team with 38 steals, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten (1.5). He had 15 points, six boards and three steals against Ohio State. He had the game-winning layup in the final minute to give IU the win over the Buckeyes.
Junior Christian Watford had 18 points and five rebounds against Illinois. He had a 15-point night against Iowa. He is averaging 12.4 points and 5.6 boards per game this season. He is second among all Big Ten juniors with 1,143 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kentucky earlier this year.
Senior Verdell Jones III has not played in the last two and a half games because of a bruised shoulder. He had one of his best games of the season against Iowa with 14 points and nine assists, which matched his career-high. He is sixth among active scorers in the Big Ten with 1,302 points. He has made 102 career starts. He had 12 first-half points against Wisconsin.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 14.3 points in the last three games. He had 16 against Illinois, 10 points at Purdue and a team-high 18 points at Michigan. He has made 7 of his last 12 3-point attempts (58.3). He is second in the league hitting on 49.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. He is one of the best in the league in free throw shooting making 87.7 percent of his charity tosses. He is averaging 12.2 points per game and has made 53-of-107 triples. He is the Hoosiers' active leader with 66 consecutive starts.
Senior Matt Roth has hit 23-of-39 long distance shots (59.2) since December 19. He had 22 points off the bench at Penn State and made 5-of-6 triples in that game. He leads the Big Ten making 55.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also has shot 56.7 percent from long distance in the Big Ten. Roth is the sixth Hoosier to eclipse the 20-point mark, a Big Ten best.
Sophomore Will Sheehey had seven points, seven boards and a career-high three blocked shots against Purdue, including a game-saver against Lewis Jackson late in the contest. He made his first start of the season and had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists against Iowa. He was averaging 9.5 points per game off the bench. He was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational. In the last six games, Sheehey has made 5-of-8 3-pointers (62.5 percent).
Junior forward Derek Elston has started the last two games. At Purdue, he had five points and six rebounds. He had nine points against Michigan after he matched his season high with 11 points against Iowa (11 vs. Stony Brook in season opener). It's also the most points he scored in a Big Ten game since 2010. He had eight straight points and a block in a 68 second span in the win over the Hawkeyes. He is no longer wearing a protective mask in games, which he wore after breaking his nose in late December. He is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from 3-point range in the last five games.
Freshman Remy Abell was huge off the bench at Purdue when he scored a career-high 13 points and added four rebounds. He made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and hit a dagger 3-pointer with just over a minute to go to clinch the game. Against Michigan, he came off the bench and had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes of action. In the last five games, Abell is averaging 3.8 points and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
Senior walk-on guard Kory Barnett scored his first points in a Big Ten game on Sunday against Iowa on a layup in the final minute. He has scored seven points this season, a career high for a season for the Rochester, Ind., native, and now has 12 in his career.
Senior forward Tom Pritchard came off the bench and was a spark plug in the Hoosiers 103-89 win against Iowa, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds and taking a pair of charges in 14 minutes of action. He also had a steal that led to a fastbreak layup that he converted during the Hoosiers run late in the first half to extend to a 17-point halftime lead.
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