Feb. 26, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will begin a rare three-game Big Ten homestand when it takes on Iowa for the only time this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a 69-58 loss at Wisconsin, while Iowa fell at Minnesota, 95-89. Starting with last Saturday's game with Northwestern, the Hoosiers will close out the final third on the Big Ten season with six games in 14 days. This game was originally scheduled to be played on February 18, before it was postponed due to roof damage inside Assembly Hall.
ONE DAY PREP
Since the start of the 2011-12 season, IU is 6-0 with one day of preparation. The wins have come against Chattanooga, Michigan State, VCU, North Carolina, Temple and Stony Brook.
The Hoosiers have averaged 8.5 turnovers in the last two games. IU is third in the country in rebound margin at +9.1 per game, and 11th in rebounding at 39.9 a contest.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 71-28 (.719 winning pct.) and 47-6 at home. In the last 99 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,821) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and free throw percentage (74.5).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 289-189 all-time as a head coach, 99-94 at IU, and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 71-28 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Fran McCafferty is in his fourth season at Iowa and is 73-57.
FERRELL UP FOR COUSY AWARD
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is second in scoring in the Big Ten averaging 19.0 points per conference game and 2.9 long distance calls in 14 league games. He is coming off a 24-point outburst at Wisconsin and had a 27-point performance at Purdue where he also made a career-high 11 free throws. He had 27 points (7-8 3FG) against Michigan, and has posted some top defensive individual efforts throughout the conference season as well. Overall, he is second in the B1G in scoring (17.9) and eighth in assists (3.7). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.3 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 42.2 percent (6th in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3FG made (76) after making 23 a season ago and is third in the league in free throw percentage (83.1). Against Illinois, he scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and a career-high 30 points at Illinois in the Big Ten opener. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic earlier this season when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the four games that were part of the event. He also is one of 23 players on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, which is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
VONLEH AMONG NATION'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times. He has posted a B1G-best 10 double-doubles and was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list, which honors the nation's top freshman. Vonleh is averaging 11.9 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.3 rebounds per game and is fifth in the league in field goal percentage (53.5). In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (35), free throws made (92) and attempted (129). He had 13 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan State, while his most recent double-double effort was a 12 point, 12 rebound effort at Minnesota. On his way to a career-high 19 points at Penn State, he scored the team's first 12 points. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. He also has made a league best 14-of-21 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He had his Big Ten career-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois on January 26. In his last two games, Vonleh has posted 12 points and eight boards at Northwestern followed by 18 points and six rebounds at Wisconsin.