No. 1/1 Indiana Visits No. 4/5 Michigan State Tuesday
Feb. 18, 2013
THE OPENING TIP:The Hoosiers will visit East Lansing in a first place showdown with the Spartans. The two teams have a two-game lead over the rest of the conference with IU finishing up with three of five on the road, while MSU plays three of its final five at home. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers posted a 75-70 win at home against the Spartans.
SHEEHEY SETS RECORD: Junior Will Sheehey set an IU record by making all nine field goal attempts when he scored a career-high 22 points in Saturday's win over Purdue. The previous mark of eight without a miss was shared by Jared Jeffries, Matt Nover, Ricky Calloway and Mike Giomi.
INDIANA IS ...: Ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the third straight week and ninth week overall this season. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Hoosiers checked in at No. 1 after being No. 2 last week. It is the 53rd 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 28th 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 50-12 mark since the start of the 2011-12 season. The win against Purdue on Saturday evened his record at Indiana at 78-78. He is 268-174 all-time as a head coach and has 11 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Crean was a member of the staff at MSU from 1989-90 and from 1995-99 where he was associate head coach. Tom Izzo is in his 18th season at Michigan State and has a record of 434-173 with the Spartans, in addition to winning the national championship in 2000.
DEFENSIVE COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR: Through 26 games this season (compared to the first 26 games last season), IU has improved from 42.5 field goal percentage defense to 38.1, 3-point field goal defense from 32.6 to 30.9, rebound margin from +3.8 to +9.5 and points allowed from 65.9 to 61.0. Through 13 Big Ten games, field goal defense has improved from 45.8 to 39.9, 3-point field goal defense 34.1 to 31.4, rebound margin from +3.3 to +5.8 and points per game, 71.5 to 62.8. The Hoosiers also lead the nation in point differential +15.5 since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
THE LAST TWO YEARS: Indiana is 50-12, which is tied for tops in the Big Ten (80.6 winning pct.), 10-7 on the road, 16-10 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 34-2 at home (tied for the most wins in the country at home in that span.
"O-LA-DI-PO": Junior All-America candidate Victor Oladipo is the most improved player in the country (let's debate) and will likely be a candidate for National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year. The Big Ten leader in steals (2.3) is always given the toughest defensive assignment for the Hoosiers. In addition, he has improved his field goal shooting percentage from 47.1 to 63.9, 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. He did not re-enter the Purdue game in the second half (ankle) as a precautionary measure.
ZELLER: Preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller has had five double-doubles in Big Ten play and is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in the conference. He is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 78.7 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 fifth in the nation overall in field goal percentage (59.8 percent) and leads the league in free throws made (143) and attempted (191). He had 24 points and eight boards at Ohio State, and 16 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes against Nebraska.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana leads the nation in scoring differential (21.9) and is second in scoring (82.9), 3-point percentage (42.7) and fourth in field goal percentage (50.2). IU leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage (74.6), rebound margin (+9.5, 5th 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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