Indiana Visits No. 2/3 Ohio State Sunday
Feb. 25, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Thad Matta is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach and his seventh at Ohio State. He has compiled a 182-56 record with the Buckeyes and has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Prior to his stop in Columbus, Matta was the head coach at Butler (2001) and Xavier (2002-04).
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 had 18 points and nine rebounds against Purdue. He missed three games with a broken left hand he suffered against Michigan State on Jan. 30. 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 (84.1) and has made a team-high 122 free throws in 145 attempts.
Junior Verdell Jones III has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games he has played. He returned to the lineup against Minnesota after missing three games with inflammation of the right knee. He had 13 points against Purdue and had 18 points and six assists to lead IU against Northwestern. He became 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 83 career games.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 15 points against Purdue and is seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (43.7 percent), and is also ninth overall in the Big Ten hitting 50.9 percent of his field goal attempts. He is averaging 13.4 points in Big Ten play and has made all 29 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 5.7 points in the Big Ten. Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 7.9 points and shooting 52.7 percent in the league. He had 13 points and six boards at Michigan and has scored in double figures in seven of 15 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 16 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 4.1 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 52.6 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 four games and has an offensive rebound against Iowa and Michigan.
A GLANCE AT OHIO STATE
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