Hoosiers Head To Penn State
Feb. 27, 2009
INDIANA (6-21, 1-14 Big Ten) vs. PENN STATE (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten)
THE OPENING TIP
ODDS AND TRENDS
Indiana became the first visitor this season to shoot 50 percent from the field at Mackey Arena against Purdue. Indiana made 29 of 58 field goal attempts at Purdue. The Boilermakers also lead the nation in field goal percentage defense.
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.
Senior Kyle Taber is averaging 11 points per game in his last two outings. He posted back-to-back career-high efforts with 12 points against Northwestern and 10 against Purdue. He has made 11 of 18 field goal attempts in the last week (61.1 %). For the season, he leads the Hoosiers shooting 50.5%.
Freshman Verdell Jones III is averaging 12.7 points and is shooting 51.5% from the field in the last three games. 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 10.7 points per game.
In the last three games, freshman Nick Williams is averaging 7.7 points and is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.
Freshman Malik Story is averaging 8.2 points per game over the last five contests. He had 11 points against Wisconsin and nine at Purdue after making just his third start of the season. He also matched his season high with four assists against the Boilermakers.
The Hoosiers are third in Big Ten games in rebounding margin at +1.9 boards per game.
Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 14.0 points in his last eight games and is shooting 45.7% from three-point range during that time.
Freshman Tom Pritchard, who had 12 points and eight boards at Purdue, had a career-high four steals against the Boilermakers. He is the top freshman rebounder in the Big Ten at 6.6 per game.
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