Feb. 15, 2010
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INDIANA (9-15, 3-9 BIG TEN) vs. #10 MICHIGAN STATE (20-6, 10-3 BIG TEN)
February 16, 2010 7:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Indiana leads 65-47
TV: ESPN (Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 90 XM: 196
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and plays host to Michigan State on Tuesday night. This is the only meeting between the two teams this year. IU is coming of an 83-55 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.The Spartans took both matchups between the squads a season ago, but in the teams' meeting in Bloomington last year, the Hoosiers trimmed the deficit to just two at 59-57 before a Raymar Morgan dunk with 27 seconds left sealed the deal for the eighth-ranked Spartans in a 64-59 win. MSU enters tonight's game at 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference after snapping a three-game losing streak at Penn State on Saturday in a 65-54 victory.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 205-136 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Tom Izzo is in his 15th year at Michigan State, where he has made five Final Four appearances, including the 2000 National Championship.
MICHIGAN STATE TIES RUN DEEP FOR CREAN
Indiana Coach Tom Crean, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, considers MSU Coach Tom Izzo as one of his best friends and most influential mentors. Crean worked at Michigan State under Jud Heathcoat in 1989-90 and was an assistant for Izzo from 1995-99 before taking the head coaching job at Marquette.
MOORE ON THE FLOOR
Little used walk-on guard Daniel Moore played a season-high 22 minutes at Wisconsin and scored a Big Ten career-high seven points against the Badgers. He made 3-of-4 field goals and also added two steals and two rebounds.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
In a league dominated by upperclassmen, Coach Tom Crean has seen three of his younger players emerge as some of the finest in their respective classes. Sophomore Verdell Jones III (14.6 ppg.) is the second-highest scorer among second-year performers and freshman Christian Watford (12.6 ppg.) is the top-scoring rookie in the Big Ten. In addition, freshman Maurice Creek was averaging a then rookie-best 16.4 ppg., when he was lost for the season in the final con-conference tilt for IU. In fact, IU is the only league school that has a combination of three sophomores and freshmen averaging double figures in points scored.
Senior guard Devan Dumes did not travel with the team to Wisconsin due to the flu and sophomore guard Verdell Jones III (stomach virus) did not practice Thursday or Friday and went through several IVs prior to facing the Badgers.
Indiana returns to the road for a matchup with Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.