No. 1/2 Indiana Takes on Purdue Saturday
Feb. 15, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Hoosiers conclude a two-game homestand when they play host to arch-rival Purdue on Saturday afternoon in the 200th meeting between the two teams. IU is coming off a 76-49 win at home against Nebraska, while the Boilermakers fell 79-59 at Illinois. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers posted a 97-60 win over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
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. 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.
COACHES: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 49-12 mark during the last year and a half. A win against the Boilermakers, would even his career record with the Hoosiers at 78-78. He is 267-174 all-time as a head coach and has 10 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Matt Painter is in his eighth season at Purdue and has a record of 172-90 with the Boilermakers.
DEFENSIVE COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR: Through 25 games this season (compared to the first 25 games last season), IU has improved from 42.2 field goal percentage defense to 38.1, 3-point field goal defense from 32.7 to 30.8, rebound margin from +3.9 to +9.5 and points allowed from 65.9 to 61.2. Through 12 Big Ten games, field goal defense has improved from 45.4 to 40.1, 3-point field goal defense 34.2 to 31.1, rebound margin from +3.2 to +5.5 and points per game, 71.6 to 63.4.
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 (873-617).
THE LAST TWO YEARS: Indiana is 49-12 tied for tops in the Big Ten (80.3 winning pct.), 10-7 on the road, 16-10 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 33-2 at home.
"O-LA-DI-PO": Junior All-America candidate Victor Oladipo is the most improved player in the country (let's debate) and likely will be a candidate for National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year. The Big Ten leader in steals (2.4) is always given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers. In addition, he has improved his field goal shooting percentage from 47.1 to 64.4, his 3-point field goal percentage from 20.8 to 52.4 and his offensive rebounds from 1.8 per game to 2.5. 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 Big Ten play and is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in the conference. He is shooting 57.0 percent from the field and 78.4 percent from the line in Big Ten play. 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 (59.8 percent) and leads the league in free throws made (138) and attempted (185). He had 24 points and eight boards at Ohio State and 16 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes against Nebraska.
FREE FALLING: The Hoosiers lead the nation with 506 free throws made in 674 attempts and are tops in the Big Ten making 75.1 percent of their charity tosses. In the last five games, IU has made 100-of-116 free throws for a 86.2 percent clip. IU's starters shoot an average 77.1 percent from the free throw line.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana leads the nation in scoring differential (21.7) and is second in scoring (82.9). IU leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (75.1), 3-point field goal percentage (42.7, 3rd nationally), rebound margin (+9.4, 1st nationally) and field goal percentage defense (38.1, 17th nationally). IU leads the Big Ten in home attendance (17,396) and will sell out all 20 home games this season.
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