March 7, 2014
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana ends the regular season for the second straight year with a trip to Ann Arbor to face Michigan. The Hoosiers are coming off a 70-60 loss at home to Nebraska; while Michigan clinched the regular season Big Ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois. Earlier this season, IU defeated the Wolverines, 63-52 in Bloomington giving the Hoosiers three straight wins in the series, including a 72-71 win the regular season finale last year, which gave the Hoosiers the 2013 Big Ten title.
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 at 39.4 and are sixth in rebound margin at 8.0. Senior Will Sheehey is averaging 20.7 points in the last three games and was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 73-29 (.715 winning pct.) and 45-7 at home. In the last 102 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,876) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.5) 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 291-190 all-time as a head coach, 101-95 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. John Beilein is in his seventh year at Michigan and is 144-92.
FERRELL UP FOR COUSY AWARD
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is third in scoring in the Big Ten averaging 17.9 points per conference game and first with 2.8 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 (17.4) and eighth in assists (3.8). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+9.8 points/game) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 40.4 percent (9th in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3FG made (82) after making 23 a season ago and is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (81.4). 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.
In six years under Tom Crean, 20 players have earned degrees at IU, while five have left holding a master's degree as well. This year's graduates 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. Three managers also will graduate including Chris Chaffee (Osceola/Sports Marketing and Management), Clayton Fletcher (Bloomington/Sports Communication and Journalism), and Brendon Yu (Indianapolis/Finance).