No. 18/20 Hoosiers Take On Purdue Sunday
March 2, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers completed an undefeated non-conference mark (13-0) for the first time since the 1989-90 season. Indiana is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 20th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, after entering the rankings for the first time under Tom Crean's tenure following a 73-72 win over No. 1 Kentucky, on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. IU also edged No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on New Years Eve. IU is the first Big Ten team since Minnesota in 1952-53 to defeat the top two ranked teams in the same season. This week is the 510th appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs).
Indiana is the most improved team among major conference programs with a +11 in the win column from the previous season.
Matt Painter is in his seventh season as the head coach at Purdue and has a record of 158-74 with the Boilermakers. Before arriving in West Lafayette, he served as an assistant coach under Gene Keady and was the head coach at Southern Illinois for the 2003-04 season, where he led the Salukis to a 25-5 record.
THE "FIRST FIVE" SAY GOODBYE
Jones led the way with 18 points, five assists, three blocks and three steals, Pritchard had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Roth added nine points and two steals, Moore had six points and three assists and Barnett played two minutes and had three fouls.
Jones is currently the 23rd all-time leading scorer at IU with 1,340 points and also has 386 assists, Pritchard has scored 553 points and has shot 53.1 percent from the field, Roth has scored 435 points and shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range, Moore has contributed 148 points and 119 assists, and Barnett has played in 46 games and scored 12 points.
Roth will earn a graduate degree in athletic administration later this year after he received his bachelor's degree in sport communication/broadcast last year. Pritchard also began a graduate program in athletic administration this semester after he graduated in December with a degree in sport communication/broadcast. Jones and Barnett are studying sport communication/broadcast and Moore is majoring in sport communication/print. All three will earn their degrees this May. Barnett, Roth, Moore and Pritchard were also Academic All-Big Ten last year.
Despite visiting Maui, Puerto Rico, New York City and Las Vegas as representatives of IU, the group is looking forward to returning the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament later this month. They will then extend a special streak which has seen every four-year men's basketball letterman since 1973 earn a trip to the Big Dance. By being nationally ranked this season, they also joined every four-year player since 1950 as having played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.
Indiana has the top non-conference RPI in the country which includes wins over Kentucky, Notre Dame, NC State and Butler.
Two other non-conference foes are winning their respective leagues (Stony Brook, American East and Savannah State, MEAC).
The Hoosiers are slotted ninth in the Sagarin Ratings, 10th by kenpom.com and are 15th in the RPI. IU has wins over five teams that are currently nationally ranked in Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
Indiana has shot 49.0 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from 3-point range and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, ninth in field goal percentage, and lead the Big Ten averaging 77.3 points per game.
IU leads among BCS teams making 18.6 free throws per game. The Hoosiers also are the leader in 3-point field goal percentage, second in field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and seventh in scoring among major conference teams.
Cody Zeller's presence inside has allowed the same players to improve the team's 3-point field goal percentage from 162nd (34.5) in the nation last season, to third in the country (42.7).
This is Tom Crean's sixth 20-win season as a head coach. In his final seven seasons at Marquette, Crean's teams averaged 22.8 wins per season.
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