Hoosiers To Battle Wisconsin In Assembly Hall
Feb. 17, 2009
INDIANA (6-18, 1-11 Big Ten) vs. WISCONSIN (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
ODDS AND TRENDS
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 Kenpom.com, 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.
BETTER IN THE BIG TEN
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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