March 1, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in the middle of a rare three-game Big Ten homestand when it hosts Ohio State for the only time this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a 93-86 win at home against Iowa, while OSU fell at Penn State, 65-63. 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 two weeks.
The Hoosiers are tied for 10th in the country and fourth in the Big Ten with three wins against Top 25 opponents this season. IU is 10th in the nation and tied for third in the Big Ten with eight games against Top 25 foes this year. IU is 12th in the country in rebounding 39.6 and are seventh in rebound margin at 8.5. Will Sheehey is the first Hoosier senior to score 30 points or more since Rod Wilmont (who was sitting behind the IU bench against Iowa) had 31 against Northwestern in 2007.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 72-28 (.720 winning pct.) and 48-6 at home. In the last 100 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,848) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and free throw percentage (74.5).
THE COACHES, CREAN NOTCHES 100TH AT IU
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 290-189 all-time as a head coach, 100-94 at IU, and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 72-28 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. Thad Matta is in his 10th season at 272-80.
FERRELL UP FOR COUSY AWARD
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is third in scoring in the Big Ten averaging 18.3 points per conference game and 2.9 long distance calls in 15 league games. He had 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 third in the B1G in scoring (17.6) and eighth in assists (3.8). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.1 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 42.4 percent (6th in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3FG made (78) after making 23 a season ago and is seventh in the league in free throw percentage (81.5). 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.
JEFFRIES TO BE HONORARY CAPTAIN
Former IU All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and Bloomington native Jared Jeffries will serve as Honorary Captain on Sunday and will be recognized prior to the game against Ohio State and at halftime. Despite playing just two years of college basketball, Jeffries closed his career as one of the most decorated players in Indiana history. He is 39th in the IU career scoring record book (1,008 points) and just the sixth sophomore in school history to crack the 1,000 career point plateau. A consensus second team All-American, finalist for the 2002 Naismith Award and United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award, Jeffries was the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the league's top 10 in six different statistical categories: scoring (eighth, 15.1), rebounding (second, 7.8), steals (eighth, 1.50), blocked shots (eighth, 1.28), offensive rebounds (2.53) and defensive rebounds (second, 5.06). Jeffries also ranks among the Hoosiers' all-time top 20 in blocked shots (88) and rebounds (20th, 471). He was the 11th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. He also played for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers and retired after the 2013 season. He is now a scout for the Denver Nuggets and hosts Modern Fishing with Jared Jeffries, a fishing television series on the Outdoor Channel.