March 4, 2010
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INDIANA (9-20, 3-14 BIG TEN) vs. NORTHWESTERN (19-11, 7-10 BIG TEN)
March 6, 2010 Noon ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: Indiana leads 108-44
TV: Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Jim Jackson)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer and Joe Smith)
Sirius: 90 XM: 196
Saturday will be the final home game for four members of the men's basketball team. Seniors Devan Dumes, Brett Finkelmeier, Steven Gambles and Tijan Jobe will play for the last time in Assembly Hall and will be honored after the game.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and hosts Northwestern for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon. This is the second meeting between the two teams this year, with the Wildcats taking the first meeting, 78-61, in Evanston on February 7. The Hoosiers are coming off a 74-55 loss at #6 Purdue on Wednesday, while the Wildcats downed Chicago State, 72-49, on Wednesday.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He reached the 200-win plateau on Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 205-141 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Bill Carmody is in his 10th year at Northwestern, where he has a 139-160 record as the head coach. Prior to taking over at Northwestern, he spent four seasons at Princeton, compiling a 92-25 overall record.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
In a league dominated by upperclassmen, Coach Tom Crean has seen three of his younger players emerge as some of the finest in their respective classes. Sophomore Verdell Jones III (14.7 ppg.) is the second-highest scorer among second-year performers and Freshman of the Year candidate Christian Watford (12.0 ppg) is the top-scoring rookie in the Big Ten. In addition, freshman Maurice Creek was averaging a then rookie-best 16.4 ppg, when he was lost for the season in the final con-conference tilt for IU. In fact, IU is the only league school that has a combination of three sophomores and freshmen averaging double figures in points scored.
HOOSIERS IMPROVING AT THE LINE
Over the last 10 games, Indiana has been one of the top free throw shooting teams in the Big Ten making 146-of-198 attempts (73.7 percent). Against Iowa, Indiana was 20-of-25 (80.0 percent) from the line, including a perfect 8-for-8 performance from sophomore Verdell Jones III. During those 10 games, Jones is shooting 84.9 percent from the line (62-of-73), junior Jeremiah Rivers is shooting 86.7 percent (13-for-15) and freshman Christian Watford is making 78.4 percent (40-of-51) from the charity stripe.
With his 22-point effort at Iowa, sophomore Verdell Jones III has scored 20 points or more in Big Ten play eight times this season in 17 games. Including the final three games of the season last year, Jones III has scored 20 or more against a Big Ten foe in 11 of the last 21 games.
Indiana travels to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 11.