March 4, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana concludes a rare three-game Big Ten homestand when it hosts Nebraska The Hoosiers are coming off a 72-64 win at home against Ohio State, while Nebraska won at home, 54-47 against Northwestern. The Hoosiers are closing out the final third on the Big Ten season with six games in two weeks. Nebraska defeated Indiana, 60-55 earlier this season in Lincoln.
The Hoosiers are tied for ninth in the country and third in the Big Ten with four wins against Top 25 opponents this season. IU is tied for second in the nation and first in the Big Ten with nine games against Top 25 foes this year. IU is 15th in the country in rebounding 39.4 and are sixth in rebound margin at 8.2. IU is averaging 82.5 points and have 32 assists on their last 54 field goal attempts over the last two games. Senior Will Sheehey is averaging 24.5 points in the last two games and was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 73-28 (.723 winning pct.) and 45-6 at home. In the last 101 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,865) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and free throw percentage (74.5).
THE COACHES, CREAN NOTCHES 100TH AT IU
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 291-189 all-time as a head coach, 101-94 at IU, and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 73-28 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Tim Miles is in his second season at Nebraska and is 32-29.
FERRELL UP FOR COUSY AWARD
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is second in scoring in the Big Ten averaging 18.4 points per conference game and first with 2.9 long distance calls in 16 league games. He led the Hoosiers with 20 points and four assists against Ohio State. He had a 24-point outburst at Wisconsin and had a 27-point performance at Purdue where he also made a career-high 11 free throws. He had 27 points (7-8 3FG) against Michigan, and has posted some top defensive individual efforts throughout the conference season as well. Overall, he is fourth in the B1G in scoring (17.7) and eighth in assists (3.8). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.0 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 42.0 percent (5th in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3FG made (81) after making 23 a season ago and is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (81.8). Against Illinois, he scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and a career-high 30 points at Illinois in the Big Ten opener. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic earlier this season when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the four games that were part of the event. He also is one of 23 players on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, which is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
SENIOR NIGHT IN ASSEMBLY HALL
One of the great traditions for Indiana basketball is its senior night. Four players and three managers will be honored following the game. Seniors playing in their final game at IU are Will Sheehey (Stuart, Fla./Legal Studies), Evan Gordon (Indianapolis/Sports Administration), Jeff Howard (Westfield/Finance/Operations Management) and Taylor Wayer (Indianapolis/Sports Marketing and Management). All will graduate this May, with Gordon earning a masters degree. Another member of the 2010 recruiting class, Victor Oladipo graduated last May before being chosen second in the NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. In six years under Tom Crean, 20 players have earned degrees at IU, while five have left holding a master's degree as well. Three managers also will be recognized. Chris Chaffee (Osceola) is graduating with a degree in Sports Marketing and Management, Clayton Fletcher (Bloomington) is graduating with a degree in Sports Communication and Journalism, and Brendon Yu (Indianapolis) will graduate with a degree in Finance.