Feb. 23, 2010
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#19 WISCONSIN (20-7, 10-5 BIG TEN) vs. INDIANA (9-17, 3-11 BIG TEN)
February 25, 2010 9:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Indiana leads 94-62
TV: Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 90 XM: 196
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and welcomes No. 19 Wisconsin on Thursday night. This is the second meeting meeting between the two teams this year, with the Badgers earning an 83-55 victory in Madison on February 13. IU is coming off an 81-58 loss at Minnesota. Wisconsin defeated Northwestern, 70-63, on Sunday afternoon.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 205-138 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Bo Ryan is in his ninth year at Wisconsin, where he has compiled a 195-74 record. He also has coached at Wisconsin-Platteville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
In a league dominated by upperclassmen, Coach Tom Crean has seen three of his younger players emerge as some of the finest in their respective classes. Sophomore Verdell Jones III (14.6 ppg.) is the second-highest scorer among second-year performers and Freshman of the Year candidate Christian Watford (12.3 ppg) is the top-scoring rookie in the Big Ten. In addition, freshman Maurice Creek was averaging a then rookie-best 16.4 ppg, when he was lost for the season in the final con-conference tilt for IU. In fact, IU is the only league school that has a combination of three sophomores and freshmen averaging double figures in points scored.
COOK'S HISTORIC $15 MILLION GIFT
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced the single largest gift in the history of the department of athletics. The Cook Group has made a $15 million gift to the For the Glory of Old IU capital campaign, which will be most immediately utilized to support and enhance the new basketball development center for the benefit of the men and women basketball program student athletes. In recognition of this historic gift, Indiana University will permanently name the new basketball development center "Cook Hall".
Cook Hall, physically connected to Assembly Hall, will be the headquarters for the men's and women's basketball programs, providing them with a state-of-the-art venue in which to practice, train and condition. The 67,000-square-foot, multilevel facility features mirror image practice courts, locker rooms, coaches' offices, meeting rooms for each program as well as "Legacy Court" which will feature a prideful display of the rich tradition of men's and women's basketball at Indiana University.
Indiana returns to the road for its second meeting of the season against Iowa on Sunday, February 28. Tip-off on the Big Ten Network is at 6 p.m.