Men's Basketball

    Indiana Hosts Michigan State On Senior Night

    Go Hoosiers! Kyle Taber grabs a rebound versus Penn State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kyle Taber grabs a rebound versus Penn State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 2, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-22, 1-15 Big Ten) vs. #9 MICHIGAN STATE (23-5, 13-3 Big Ten)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 • 7:00 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall - 17,354 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: Indiana leads 65-45
    Last Meeting: at Michigan State 75, Indiana 47 (Feb. 7, 2009)
    TV: ESPN (Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and hosts Michigan State in the final home game of the season for the Hoosiers. Indiana is coming off a 61-58 loss on the road at Penn State. Michigan State dropped Illinois to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title and won the previous meeting with Indiana, 75-47 in East Lansing on February 7.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-22 with the Hoosiers. 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. Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo is 327-125 in 14 seasons.

    Indiana Coach Tom Crean, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., considers MSU Coach Tom Izzo as one of his best friends and most influential mentors. Crean worked at Michigan State under Jud Heathcote in 1989-90 and was an assistant for Izzo from 1995-99 before taking the head coaching job at Marquette.

    Fifth-year senior Kyle Taber, a native of Evansville and a 2004 graduate of Central High School, will play his final home game for the Hoosiers against Michigan State and address the Hoosier faithful at the conclusion of the contest. Taber holds the distinction of playing for four head coaches with the Hoosiers and began his career as a preferred walk-on. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree who is the son of Soozie Goedde and Steve Taber.

    He sat out the 2004-05 season after undergoing knee surgery. As a redshirt freshman in 2005-06, he saw action in just three games scoring four points in four minutes. In 2006-07, he played in six games and scored a basket against Chicago State.

    The 2007-08 season was met with high expectations and it looked as though Taber would continue his role as a seldom used reserve. Thru the first 18 games of the season, Taber played just 40 minutes in nine games. Following back-to-back losses against UConn and Wisconsin, the coaching staff decided to see if he could provide a spark and from that point on he was in the regular rotation after playing 24 minutes at home against Northwestern. His best game of the season came against Big Ten leader Purdue in Assembly Hall when he scored a career-high seven points, including his first dunk of his career. As the lone senior for new Coach Tom Crean, Taber has earned the admiration of an entire fan base. After undergoing knee surgery at the start of the preseason, he worked himself back into shape and has started 20 games and averaged 4.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. This past week he enjoyed back-to-back career-high performances with 10 points at Purdue and 12 against Northwestern.

    He graduated with a degree in sports marketing and management and is currently taking graduate level classes.




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