Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Ready For Rematch With Northwestern

    Go Hoosiers! Tom Pritchard
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tom Pritchard
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 24, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-20, 1-13 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (14-11, 5-9)
    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009,6:30 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall- 17,354 (Bloomington, Indiana)
    Series Record: Indiana leads 108-44
    Last Meeting: at Northwestern 77, Indiana 75 (January 28, 2009)
    TV: BTN (Wayne Larrivee, Jim Jackson, Mike Hall)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and hosts Northwestern for a Wednesday evening matchup with the Wildcats. The Hoosiers are coming off an 81-67 loss at Purdue on Saturday afternoon, while Northwestern fell at Minnesota, 72-45 on Sunday. The Wildcats won the first meeting of the season against Indiana, 77-75 in Evanston. Last year, Indiana won its 33rd straight game against the Wildcats in Assembly Hall, 75-63.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-20 with the Hoosiers. 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. Northwestern's Bill Carmody is 117-146 in nine seasons with the Wildcats.

    ODDS AND TRENDS
    The Hoosiers will play the last Big Ten regular season game of the season now that their contest at Wisconsin has been scheduled for 7 p.m., on Sunday, March 8.

    Indiana became the first visitor this season to shoot 50 percent from the field at Mackey Arena against Purdue. The Boilermakers also lead the nation in field goal percentage defense.

    In the last meeting at Northwestern, Indiana also shot 50 percent from the floor making 23 of 46 shot attempts.

    The Hoosiers' schedule is ranked the second toughest in the country by Sagarin, fourth toughest by Kenpom.com, and seventh toughest in ESPN's RPI.

    Freshman Verdell Jones III has averaged 14.3 points per game in the last six contests. He had a team-high 16 points and three assists against Wisconsin and followed that up with 16 points and five rebounds at Purdue. In Big Ten play, he is averaging 11.1 points per game.

    Freshman Malik Story is averaging 9.7 points per game over the last three contests. He had 11 points against Wisconsin and nine at Purdue after making just his third start of the season. Hye also matched his season high with four assists against the Boilermakers.

    Indiana is third in Big Ten games in three-point field goal percentage at 36.8 percent. Northwestern is second in the league at 37.0.

    The Hoosiers are third in Big Ten games in rebounding margin at +1.6 boards per game.

    Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 15.3 points in his last eight games.

    Senior Kyle Taber had a career-high 10 points at Purdue.

    Freshman Tom Pritchard, who had 12 points and eight boards at Purdue, had a career-high four steals against the Boilermakers.

     

     


       

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