No. 2/2 Indiana Takes on No. 14/13 Ohio State on Senior Night Tuesday
March 4, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Indiana men's basketball team enters the final week of the regular season having clinched a share of its 21st Big Ten Championship and will play host to No. 14/13 Ohio State on Senior Night. IU won the first meeting between the teams in Columbus, 81-68, and defeated the Buckeyes last year in Assembly Hall, 74-70. Following the game, the Hoosiers will honor seniors Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, who are playing their final game in Assembly Hall. IU is 8-0 against nationally ranked teams at home since last year.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: While the Hoosiers already share a portion of the Big Ten title, a win over OSU would give them their first outright title since 1993. IU has shared titles in 1926, `28, `36, `57, `67, `74, `87, `91 and 2002. The Hoosiers have won outright crowns in 1953, `54, `58, `73, `75, `76, `80, `81, `89 and `93.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week after spending the previous four weeks at No. 1. The Hoosiers have held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks this season and 54 weeks all-time. This is the 30th straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94. The Hoosiers are a nation's best 6-0 when facing a nationally ranked opponent this year.
COACHES: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 51-13 mark since the start of the 2011-12 season and is 80-79 during his tenure at Indiana. He is 270-175 all-time as a head coach and has 12 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Thad Matta is in his ninth season as the head coach at Ohio State and has a record of 242-72 with the Buckeyes.
1,000 POINT SCORERS: Indiana currently has four players with more than 1,000 career points in the starting lineup, which is the first time in school history that an IU team has had four players surpass 1,000 points at one time. Senior Christian Watford (1,655), senior Jordan Hulls (1,280), sophomore Cody Zeller (1,042) and junior Victor Oladipo (1,031) make up 4/5 of the highest scoring active starting lineup in college basketball. Zeller and Oladipo became the 45th and 46th players in IU history to join the club with their efforts against MSU.
BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARD: Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He averaged 14.5 points and 5.0 in two games last week to help the Hoosiers clinch at least a tie for the Big Ten Championship. Victor Oladipo garnered the Big Ten Player of the Week award the previous week after scoring 19 points, including six in the final 50 seconds to secure the Hoosiers 72-68 win at then-No. 4/5 Michigan State. He also surpassed 1,000 career points in the game and added five steals. Cody Zeller has also claimed the award twice this season.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana leads the nation in scoring margin (20.1) and free throws made (580). The Hoosiers are second in points per game (81.9), third in 3-point field goal percentage (41.8), ninth in rebound margin (7.9) and 17th in field goal percentage defense (38.4). IU leads the Big Ten in home attendance (17,405) and will sell out all 20 home games this season.
NATIONALLY (PLAYERS): Junior Victor Oladipo is fourth in the country in field goal percentage (63.4) and sophomore Cody Zeller is 14th (57.3). Senior Jordan Hulls is third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (48.6) and senior Christian Watford is fourth (48.5). Oladipo is second in the country in effective field goal percentage (68.7).
NATIONAL BEST TWO HOOSIERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Sophomore Cody Zeller (Washington, Ind.) was named a First Team Academic All-American and senior Jordan Hulls (Bloomington, Ind.) was named a Third Team Academic All-American. A business major with a 3.44 G.P.A., Zeller is the lone sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball first team. Hulls is a graduate student with a 3.49 G.P.A. in athletic administration. He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from IU last May. IU is the only school with two players among the 15 honored.
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARCH MADNESS: IU and the NCAA will recognize former Hoosiers Steve Alford, Kent Benson, Scott May, Keith Smart and Isiah Thomas at halftime of Tuesday's game. They were chosen among the top players ever to play in the NCAA Tournament in conjunction with the events 75th Anniversary. Sam Alford will represent his son, Scott May Jr. will represent his father, and Smart is unable to attend.
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