Men's Basketball

    Indiana Takes on No. 10 Wisconsin on Senior Night Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Jordan Hulls netted 16 points vs. the Badgers in the first meeting this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jordan Hulls netted 16 points vs. the Badgers in the first meeting this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 1, 2011

    No. 10 Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4) at Indiana (12-17, 3-13)
     Date Thursday, March 3, 2011
     Time 9 p.m. ET
     Location Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
     Series Record IU leads 94-62
     Last Meeting Jan. 20, 2011 - at Wisconsin 69, Indiana 60
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    March 2, 2011: Tom Crean Talks Wisconsin, Senior Night

    THE OPENING TIP
    The Hoosiers will face a third straight top-10 program for the first time since taking on No. 7 Florida State and No. 6 Seton Hall at the 1992 Preseason NIT and No. 3 Kansas at the RCA Dome on December 5 of that year. The Hoosiers are coming off an 82-61 loss at No. 1 Ohio State and also played No. 6 Purdue at home last week. The Badgers defeated Northwestern, 78-63 on Sunday. They defeated the Hoosiers 69-60 in Madison on January 20.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 218-159 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.

    Bo Ryan is in his 10th season as the Wisconsin head coach and 27th overall as a college head coach. His overall record at Wisconsin is 239-88 and he is 622-191 overall. He spent 15 years as the head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville followed by two seasons at Milwaukee before landing in Madison.

    SENIOR NIGHT
    Thursday night's game against Wisconsin will mark for the final home game for senior guard Jeremiah Rivers and senior manager's Josh Mantell, Mike Santa and Will Scott. They will be honored following the conclusion of the game.

    Rivers was part of Tom Crean's first recruiting class after playing his first two seasons at Georgetown where he was part of a Hoyas team which went to the Final Four in 2007. He has started 44 of 60 games the past two seasons and has averaged 4.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25.4 minutes of action per game. One of the top defenders in the league, he was a 2006 graduate of Winter Park (Fla.) High School. He is the son of Kristen and Glenn (Doc) Rivers, who is the coach of the Boston Celtics. Jeremiah will graduate this spring.

    QUICK HITS
    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.

    The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.

    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 has averaged 15.0 points and 6.5 boards in the last two games. 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 ninth in the conference averaging 16.5 points. He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.4) and has made a team-high 126 free throws in 151 attempts.

    Junior Verdell Jones III has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games he has played after scoring 14 against Ohio State. 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 84 career games.

    Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 15 points against Purdue and is seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (42.7 percent. He is averaging 12.8 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 5.5 points in the Big Ten. Freshman Victor Oladipo is averaging 7.9 points and shooting 53.8 percent in the league.

    Sophomore guard Maurice Creek is out for the season 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.

    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 52.1 percent from the field.

    Junior Tom Pritchard has made his last nine field goal attempts over a four game stretch. He had six points against Ohio State and 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 three of the last five games and had a rebound against Iowa and Michigan.

    A GLANCE AT WISCONSIN
    Wisconsin enters Thursday 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten, good for third place. They are led by Jon Leuer and his 19.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. Jordan Taylor is right behind Leuer averaging 17.8 points per game. He is averaging 5.0 assists and just 1.2 turnovers per contest. Keaton Nankivil is one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference, connecting on 47.6 percent of his triple attempts this season (50-of-105). As a team, UW has 171 more assists than turnovers (385 to 214) and is outscoring their opponents 69.2-57.6 on the season.

     

     

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