Hoosiers to Face Penn State in Opening Round of 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament
March 6, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team will face the sixth-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET in the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers (12-19) lead the all-time series against Penn State (16-13), 28-8, despite falling to the Nittany Lions, 69-60, in the two teams lone meeting this season on Dec. 27 in Bloomington.
Thursday's game will air live on the Big Ten Network and will be broadcast on the IU Radio Network. The winner will play third-seeded Wisconsin on Friday, March 11, in the evening session at approximately 9 p.m. ET.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana and Penn State will square off in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The teams have met twice in the tournament, both times in the quarterfinals with each team winning one game. IU posted a 77-49 win in 2003, while PSU claimed a 66-51 victory in 2009. Penn State is the sixth seed and IU is the 11th seed. The winner will face third-seeded Wisconsin on Friday evening.
The Nittany Lions won the lone meeting between the two teams this season, kicking off both teams Big Ten campaigns with a 69-60 triumph in Bloomington on Dec. 27, 2010.
Ed DeChellis is in his eighth season with the Penn State Nittany Lions and has a 216-229 record in University Park. The 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year led Penn State to the 2009 NIT championship. Prior to joining Penn State, DeChellis was the head coach at East Tennessee State for seven years.
Junior Verdell Jones III is 33rd on Indiana's career scoring list with 1,115 points. The junior is the third leading third-year scorer in the league and is averaging 12.7 points per game this season. He led the Hoosiers with 12 points and seven rebounds against Illinois on Saturday. He is averaging 21.5 points in his career at the Big Ten Tournament. He had 20 points last year against Northwestern and 23 points against Penn State in 2009. In Conseco Fieldhouse, he is shooting 12 for 23 from the field and seven of 10 from three-point range.
Sophomore Christian Watford is ninth in the league averaging 16.0 points and 14.0 points in Big Ten play. He is fifth in the league making 84.1 percent of his free throws. He has hit 138-of-164 free throws. He has averaged 13.5 points against Illinois in his career. He is shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range away from home this season. He is the leading scoring sophomore in the Big Ten Conference with 819 points.
A GLANCE AT PENN STATE
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