Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Play Host to Northwestern Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!
    Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 17, 2011

    Northwestern (15-10, 5-9) at Indiana (12-14, 3-10)
     Date Saturday, February 19, 2011
     Time 7 p.m. ET
     Location Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
     Series Record IU leads 109-47
     Last Meeting Jan. 9, 2011 - at Northwestern 93, Indiana 81
     Television Big Ten Network (Tom Hart and Greg Kelser)
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    The Hoosiers will begin a two-game homestand when they host Northwestern on Saturday night. IU has won three of its last four home games and is playing for the first time since losing at Michigan, 73-69, February 12. The Wildcats are coming off a 73-70 win over Iowa on Thursday night. IU is 33-1 against the Wildcats in Assembly Hall.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 218-156 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.

    Bill Carmody is in his 11th season as head coach at Northwestern and in his 15th season overall as a college head coach. He has compiled a 247-197 overall record and is 155-172 with the Wildcats. Carmody served as head coach at Princeton for four seasons and was 92-25 before moving to Evanston for the 2000-01 season.

    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.

    The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.

    Sophomore Christian Watford missed three games with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State on Jan. 30, where he had 21 points and five boards. He had surgery to repair the break on February 1 and had 14 points off the bench at Michigan. He is the team's leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 16.8 points. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) and has made a team-high 111 free throws in 133 attempts.

    Junior Verdell Jones III has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games he has played. He returned to the lineup against Minnesota after missing three games with inflammation of the right knee. He had 12 points against Michigan last week. He become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career when he scored 15 points against Wisconsin on Jan. 20. He has averaged 12.9 points in 80 career games.

    Sophomore Jordan Hulls is seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (43.6 percent), and is also eighth overall in the Big Ten hitting 51.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.3 points in Big Ten play and has made all 24 of his free throw attempts against league members.

    Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 60.0 percent from the field in the last three games. He had 13 points and six boards at Michigan and has scored in double figures in seven of 13 league games.

    Freshman Will Sheehey had a career-high 14 points against Purdue and had 12 against Iowa. He has started the last seven games and has averaged 6.6 points in that time frame.

    Sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella near the end of the game against Michigan on Jan. 15. He had successful surgery on Thursday, Jan. 20. Last year, Creek missed all of the Big Ten season with a fractured left patella. He started 13 games this season and averaged 8.3 points. Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered injury.

    Junior Daniel Moore has been the defensive stopper guarding Illinois' Brandon Paul and Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber on game-tying 3-point field goal attempts in the final seconds of both Hoosier wins. He was key in a 25-7 IU run to end the Michigan game and finished with four points and a steal.

    Junior Matt Roth nailed 4-of-5 triples and finished with 12 points against Michigan State and had nine against Minnesota. He also hit two of four 3-point field goals against Michigan.

    Senior Jeremiah Rivers has started 14 games this season. He had six rebounds in 14 minutes against Michigan and had seven points and four rebounds against Iowa and added 10 points and his first career 3-pointer at MSU. An outstanding defender, he is averaging 5.4 points in the last 10 games.

    Sophomore Derek Elston has started 10 games for the Hoosiers this season and had eight points, six rebounds and two steals against Minnesota. He also had six points against Iowa. He had two points and two boards against Michigan. He is shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

    Junior Tom Pritchard posted four boards and seven rebounds at Michigan. He had six points and six boards at Purdue. He led the Hoosiers with a season-high 12 points and added seven rebounds in the win against Minnesota. His putback dunk against the Golden Gophers is nominated for Dunk of the Year by Intersport TV, which will choose a winner during Final Four Weekend on CBS.

    Freshman walk-on Jeff Howard has played in two of the last three games and has an offensive rebound against Iowa and Michigan.

    The Wildcats have three players averaging double figures, led by John Shurna and his 17.2 points per game. Michael Thompson and Drew Crawford are the other two with Thompson posting a better than 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and Crawford is second on the team in rebounding. Northwestern has turned the ball over 70 times fewer than its opponents and are shooting 38 percent from the 3-point line as a team.




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