Hoosiers Take on No. 8 Purdue Wednesday in Assembly Hall
Feb. 21, 2011
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THE OPENING TIP
Matt Painter is in his sixth season at Purdue and has a record of 134-61 with the Boilermakers. He spent one season at Southern Illinois as the head coach prior to returning to his alma mater to replace the legendary Gene Keady.
The Hoosiers will be looking for their first win over a top-10 team since defeating No. 10 Michigan State on February 16, 2008, in Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Christian Watford missed three games with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State on Jan. 30, and has averaged 12.5 points since coming back. 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 16.6 points. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.9) and has made a team-high 115 free throws in 137 attempts.
Junior Verdell Jones III has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games he has played. He returned to the lineup against Minnesota after missing three games with inflammation of the right knee. He had 18 points and six assists to lead IU against Northwestern. 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 82 career games.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9 percent), and is also seventh overall in the Big Ten hitting 51.4 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.4 points in Big Ten play and has made all 26 of his free throw attempts against league members.
Freshman Will Sheehey had a career-high 14 points against Purdue and had 12 against Iowa and is averaging 7.7 points in the last three games. Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 7.0 points and shooting 58.3 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 14 league games.
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 15 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 4.9 points in the last 10 games.
Sophomore Derek Elston has started 10 games for the Hoosiers this season and had a team-high 11 rebounds along with four points against Northwestern on Feb. 19. He 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 had eight points and three rebounds against Northwestern and 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.
Freshman walk-on Jeff Howard has played in two of the last three games and has an offensive rebound against Iowa and Michigan.
A GLANCE AT PURDUE
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