Big Ten Tournament Notes -- Indiana To Face Penn State
March 10, 2009
Big Ten Tournament
No. 11 INDIANA (6-24, 1-17 Big Ten) vs. No. 6 PENN STATE (21-10, 10-8 Big Ten)
Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:00 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse - 18,345 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Series Record: Indiana leads 27-6
Last Meeting: at Penn State 61, Indiana 58 (Feb. 28, 2009)
TV: ESPN2 (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin and Erin Andrews)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
THE SEASON SERIES
THE FRESHMEN 200
ODDS AND TRENDS
Entering the regular-season finale at Wisconsin, the Hoosiers' schedule was ranked the toughest in the country by Sagarin and fifth toughest by Kenpom.com and in ESPN's RPI.
Since February 1, freshman Verdell Jones III is averaging 13.6 points and 4.6 assists, the top mark for any frosh in the league. He had a career-high 23 points at Wisconsin and 15 points against Michigan State and has led the team in scoring in seven of the last nine games.
The Hoosiers shot a Big Ten-high 54.0 percent from the field at Wisconsin and tied their Big Ten best by making 18 free throws.
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.
True freshmen have accounted for 71 percent of the team's minutes played (4251 of 6025) and 73 percent of its scoring (1320 points of 1811).
Indiana is 13-5 all-time at Conseco Fieldhouse and 3-4 at the arena in the Big Ten Tournament. Overall, the Hoosiers hold a 70-14 record in the Circle City (including Lucas Oil Stadium), good for an 83.3 winning percentage. Here is a year-by-year look at how the Hoosiers have fared:
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