Men's Basketball

    Big Ten Tournament Notes -- Indiana To Face Penn State

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will meet Penn State for the third time this season
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will meet Penn State for the third time this season
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 10, 2009

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    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
    Indiana is in its 102nd season as a member of the Big Ten Conference and faces Penn State in the final first-round game of the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions finished the regular season with a 21-10 record and a 10-8 mark in the conference, good for a share of fourth place. The winner will face Purdue at 9 p.m., Friday evening.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 6-24 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. Ed DeChellis is 78-102 in six years with Penn State.

    THE SEASON SERIES
    The Hoosiers pushed the Nittany Lions to the limit in both regular-season matchups. Penn State escaped with a 61-58 victory the last time the two teams met in Happy Valley on Feb. 28. Indiana led 57-53 with 5:26 to go before PSU rallied. It marked the only time this season that IU had led in a game on the road in the final five minutes. Penn State won the first contest of the season in Bloomington, 65-55, on Jan. 17. IU cut it to 59-55 with 40 second left, but PSU scored the final six points.

    THE FRESHMEN 200
    Five Hoosiers reached the 200-point mark this season, including four true freshmen. Junior Devan Dumes led the team with 334 points (12.7 per game) followed by true freshmen Tom Pritchard 296 (9.9), Verdell Jones III 285 (10.6), Nick Williams 271 (9.0) and Matt Roth 206 (6.9).

    ODDS AND TRENDS
    Senior Kyle Taber is the only member of the Hoosiers roster who has played in the Big Ten Tournament. He started last year against Minnesota and had two points and two blocks in 17 minutes last season.

    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.

    In the last five games, freshman Nick Williams is shooting 61.8 percent from the floor (21/34), senior Kyle Taber is shooting 56.0 percent (14/25) and Jones is shooting 54.9 percent (28/51).

    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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