No. 18/20 Hoosiers Take On Iowa Sunday
Feb. 17, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Fran McCaffery is in his second season as the head coach at Iowa and has a 24-33 record with the Hawkeyes. Overall, this is his 16th season as a head coach and he is 275-210 with stops at Lehigh, UNC Greensboro and Siena.
Indiana has shot 49.5 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from 3-point range and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, third in field goal percentage, and lead the Big Ten averaging 78.4 points per game.
IU is second among BCS teams making 18.5 free throws per game. The Hoosiers also are the leader in 3-point field goal percentage, second in field goal percentage, and are fifth in free throw percentage and scoring among major conference teams.
This is Tom Crean's sixth 20-win season as a head coach. In his final seven seasons at Marquette, Crean's teams averaged 22.8 wins per season.
Sophomore Victor Oladipo has averaged 17.7 points in his last three games after he had 12 points, six boards, four assists and two steals against Northwestern, 18 points against Illinois and had a career-high 23 points in the win at Purdue. He has made 24-of-30 free throws in that span. He leads the team with 40 steals, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten (1.5). He had 15 points, six boards and three steals against Ohio State. He had the game-winning layup in the final minute to give IU the win over the Buckeyes.
Junior Christian Watford had 18 points and five rebounds against Illinois. He had a 15-point night against Iowa. He is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 boards per game this season. He is second among all Big Ten juniors with 1,143 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kentucky earlier this year.
Senior Verdell Jones III had six key points in the final four minutes against Northwestern. He also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench. He had not played in the previous two and a half games because of a bruised shoulder. He had one of his best games of the season against Iowa with 14 points and nine assists, which matched his career-high. He is seventh among active scorers in the Big Ten with 1,308 points. He has made 102 career starts. He had 12 first-half points against Wisconsin.
Junior Jordan Hulls had 16 against Illinois, 10 points at Purdue and a team-high 18 points at Michigan. He has made 7 of his last 14 3-point attempts (50.0). He is second in the league hitting on 48.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. He is one of the best in the league in free throw shooting making 87.7 percent of his charity tosses. He is averaging 12.2 points per game and has made 53-of-109 triples. He is the Hoosiers' active leader with 67 consecutive starts. In seven Big Ten road games, Hulls leads the group averaging 15.0 points.
Senior Matt Roth has hit 25-of-43 long distance shots (58.4) since December 19. He had six huge points in the win over Northwestern and also added an assist and a rebound. He had 22 points off the bench at Penn State and made 5-of-6 triples in that game. He leads the Big Ten making 55.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also has shot 56.7 percent from long distance in the Big Ten. Roth is the sixth Hoosier to eclipse the 20-point mark, a Big Ten best.
Sophomore Will Sheehey had six points against Northwestern. He had seven points, seven boards and a career-high three blocked shots at Purdue, including a game-saver against Lewis Jackson late in the contest. He made his first start of the season and had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists against Iowa. He was averaging 9.5 points per game off the bench. He was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational. In the last six games, Sheehey has made 5-of-8 3-pointers (62.5 percent).
Junior forward Derek Elston has started the last three games. At Purdue, he had five points and six rebounds. He had nine points against Michigan after he matched his season high with 11 points against Iowa (11 vs. Stony Brook in season opener). It's also the most points he scored in a Big Ten game since 2010. He had eight straight points and a block in a 68 second span in the win over the Hawkeyes. He is no longer wearing a protective mask in games, which he wore after breaking his nose in late December.
Freshman Remy Abell was huge off the bench at Purdue when he scored a career-high 13 points and added four rebounds. He made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and hit a dagger 3-pointer with just over a minute to go to clinch the game. Against Michigan, he came off the bench and had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes of action. In the last five games, Abell is averaging 3.8 points and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
Senior walk-on guard Kory Barnett scored his first points in a Big Ten game on Sunday against Iowa on a layup in the final minute. He has scored seven points this season, a career high for a season for the Rochester, Ind., native, and now has 12 in his career.
Senior forward Tom Pritchard came off the bench and had four points and six rebounds against Northwestern. He also was a spark plug in the Hoosiers 103-89 win against Iowa, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds and taking a pair of charges in 14 minutes of action. He also had a steal that led to a fastbreak layup that he converted during the Hoosiers run late in the first half to extend to a 17-point halftime lead.
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