Feb. 14, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will visit Purdue on Saturday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 66-65 loss at home to Penn State, while Purdue lost at Ohio State, 67-49. The Hoosiers have won the last four meetings, including the last two in Mackey Arena with a 78-61 win in 2012 and a 97-60 triumph in 2013. This is the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this season.
Senior Will Sheehey needs a point to become the 47th player in IU history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark with the Hoosiers. Last year, he set a single game IU record by going nine for nine from the field against the Boilermakers in an IU win in Assembly Hall on February 16, 2013. With a B1G best defense (7th among major conference teams) the last three weeks (60.2 ppg.), the Hoosiers have allowed opponents to shoot just (41.2) from field and (32.4) 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. IU has had a second half lead in six of its seven Big Ten losses.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 70-26 (.729 winning pct.) and 47-6 at home. In the last 96 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,792) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.9), and free throw percentage (74.7).
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 288-188 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 70-26 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. Matt Painter is in his ninth year as the head coach at Purdue. He is 190-105 with the Boilermakers.
FERRELL LEADS B1G IN SCORING
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is the top scorer in B1G play averaging 18.5 points per game and 2.7 long distance calls. He had 27 points, making 7-of-8 treys against Michigan, and has posted some top defensive individual efforts throughout the conference season. Overall, he is second in the conference in scoring (17.5) and fifth in assists (4.0). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.0 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). 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. 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. 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 11.5 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. He is fifth in the league in shooting (54.2). In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (33), free throws made (86) and attempted (119). 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 10-of-13 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He had his Big Ten career-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois on January 26.