Indiana Hosts Michigan State On Senior Night
March 2, 2009
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)
THE OPENING TIP
Tom Crean AND MICHIGAN STATE
TABER TO ADDRESS FANS ON SENIOR NIGHT
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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