Men's Basketball

    Indiana Closes Out Regular Season At Wisconsin

    Go Hoosiers! Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!
    Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 6, 2009

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    INDIANA (6-23, 1-16 Big Ten) vs. WISCONSIN (18-11, 9-8 Big Ten)
    Sunday, March 8, 2009 • 7:00 p.m. ET
    Kohl Center - 17,142 (Madison, Wis.)
    Series Record: Indiana leads 93-58
    Last Meeting: Wisconsin 68, at Indiana 51 (Feb. 19, 2009)
    TV: BTN (Wayne Larrivee, Jim Jackson, Charissa Thompson)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and travels to Wisconsin for the final game of the 2009 regular season on Sunday night. Indiana is coming off a 64-59 loss at home to #8 Michigan State, while Wisconsin fell Wednesday night at Minnesota, 51-46. Wisconsin won the first meeting between the teams on February 19, 68-51. The Hoosiers will be the #11 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and will play the #6 seed at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 12 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-23 with the Hoosiers. 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 Marquette team won at the Kohl Center, 81-76 in his last trip to Madison. Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan is 191-71 in eight seasons on the Madison campus.

    Indiana became the first visitor this season to shoot 50 percent from the field at Mackey Arena against Purdue. Indiana made 29-of-58 field goal attempts at Purdue.

    The Hoosiers' schedule is ranked the toughest in the country by Sagarin and fifth toughest by and in ESPN's RPI.

    In the last 10 games, freshman Verdell Jones III is averaging 12.2 points and 5.0 assists. He had 15 points against Michigan State and has led the team in scoring in six of the last eight games. Jones is third in the Big Ten with 4.5 assists in league games.

    In his last eight games, junior Devan Dumes is averaging 10.8 points and shooting 42.1 percent from three-point land (16 of 38). He also is shooting a team-best 80.0 percent from the line in that stretch.

    The Hoosiers have had a four-point lead or better at some point in seven Big Ten games this season.

    In the last five games, freshman Nick Williams is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor (16/28), senior Kyle Taber is shooting 56.0 percent (14/25) and Jones is shooting 50.9 percent (28/55).

    The Hoosiers have played eight games against nationally ranked programs this season.

    True freshmen have accounted for 71 percent of the team's minutes played (4129 of 5825) and 72 percent of its scoring (1263 points of 1750).

    In their last eight home conference games, the Hoosiers drew an average of 15,665 fans.




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