Top-Seed Indiana Opens B1G Tournament Friday
March 13, 2013
THE OPENING TIP: The Indiana men's basketball team enters the Big Ten Tournament as the top seed after winning its 21st Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 record. This will be the first time in the 16-year event that the Hoosiers will enter as the top seed.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS: By virtue of their 72-71 win at Michigan to close the regular season, Indiana won the Big Ten Championship outright for the first time since 1993. IU has shared titles in 1926, `28, `36, `57, `67, `74, `87, `91 and 2002. The Hoosiers have won outright crowns in 1953, `54, `58, `73, `75, `76, `80, `81, `83, `89, `93 and 2013.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. The Hoosiers have held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks this season and 54 weeks all-time. This is the 31st straight week the Hoosiers have been nationally ranked, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ... : Indiana makes as strong a case as any for one of the top seeds in the 75th NCAA Tournament which begins next week. The Hoosiers won the outright regular season championship of the highest ranked conference in the country. IU is a nation's best 7-1 when facing a nationally ranked opponent this year, including a 5-0 mark against top 10 opposition with three of those wins (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State) coming on the road. The Hoosiers also had the best conference road record in the country (along with Miami) among major college conferences with a 7-2 league road ledger. Looking at the current top 10, IU has a 6-1 record against those squads (also beat #5 Georgetown in Brooklyn before they were ranked).
COACH CREAN: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 52-13 mark since the start of the 2011-12 season and is 81-80 during his tenure at Indiana. He is 271-176 all-time as a head coach and has 13 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana is tied for the national lead in free throws made per game (19.2). The Hoosiers are second in scoring margin (18.5), third in scoring (80.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.8), ninth in rebound margin (8.0). IU led the Big Ten in home attendance (17,412) and sold out all 19 home games this season. The 7-2 record in road games is the first winning season on the road since 2007-08 when IU went 6-3.
NATIONALLY (PLAYERS): Junior Victor Oladipo is fourth in the country in field goal percentage (61.4), senior Jordan Hulls is second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (48.7) and senior Christian Watford is fourth (48.6). Oladipo is fifth in the country in effective field goal percentage (66.4).
NATIONAL BEST TWO HOOSIERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Sophomore Cody Zeller (Washington, Ind.) was named a First Team Academic All-American and senior Jordan Hulls (Bloomington, Ind.) was named a Third Team Academic All-American. A business major with a 3.44 G.P.A., Zeller is the lone sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Basketball first team. Hulls is a graduate student with a 3.49 G.P.A.. in athletic administration. He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from IU last May. IU is the only school with two players among the 15 honored.
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