Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers To Battle Wisconsin In Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Nick Williams
    Go Hoosiers!
    Nick Williams
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 17, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-18, 1-11 Big Ten) vs. WISCONSIN (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten)
    Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, 9:00 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall - 17,354 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: IU leads,93-57
    Last Meeting: Wisconsin, 68, at Indiana 66 (2/13/08)
    TV: ESPN (Dave O'Brien and Steve Lavin)
    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 Wisconsin on Thursday evening. The Hoosiers are coming off a 65-52 loss at home against Illinois, while the Badgers defeated Ohio State, 55-50, last Saturday night. Wisconsin won both meetings last year against Indiana, 62-49 in Madison and 68-66 in Bloomington.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-18 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. Wisconsin's Bo Ryan is 189-69 and is in his eighth season.

    In the last 10 games, Indiana is shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range and is ranked second in the league in long distance accuracy (38.6) in conference games only. Junior Devan Dumes is shooting 50.0 percent (21-for-42) during that span and freshman Matt Roth is knocking down 44.6 percent (25-for-56) as well.

    Defensively, the Hoosiers have limited opponents to 28.1 percent shooting (18-for-64) from three-point range over the last four games.

    The Hoosiers' schedule is ranked the second toughest in the country by Sagarin, fourth toughest by, and seventh toughest in ESPN's RPI.

    Freshmen accounted for 101 of the 106 points scored by Indiana last week against Minnesota and Illinois.

    Freshman Verdell Jones III had his Big Ten high of 18 points at Minnesota. He is averaging 10.3 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. He is averaging 13.3 points per game in the last six contests. In the last eight games, he is shooting 48.1 percent (25/52) from long range.

    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. Dumes 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.

    In the last four games, freshman Nick Williams is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 85.7 percent from the line.

    The Hoosiers have now played 12 games against non-conference opposition and 12 games against league foes. The Hoosiers are shooting 38.6 percent from long distance in the league after shooting 29.7 percent during the first 12 games of the season.

    Indiana is outrebounding opponents 31.5 to 30.0 in the league after being outrebounded 33.8 to 32.0 in non-conference play.

    Freshman Matt Roth averaged 5.5 points during the first 12 games and 8.8 points since.

    Freshman Verdell Jones III averaged 7.8 points against non-league teams and 10.3 points in the Big Ten.

    Freshman Nick Williams averaged 7.9 points early in the season and 9.9 points in the Big Ten.

    Junior Devan Dumes is shooting 49.1 percent from long range in the conference after opening the season at 30.8 percent against non-Big Ten teams.




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