March 16, 2012
|No. 12 VCU (29-6, 15-3 CAA) vs. No. 4 Indiana (26-8, 11-7 Big Ten)
||Saturday, March 17, 2012
||7:10 p.m. ET | Bracket
||Portland, Ore. - Rose Garden (19,980)
||TBS (Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner & Jenn Hildreth)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates)
||Indiana | VCU
||Indiana | VCU
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|| @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will take on Virginia Commonwealth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Hoosiers, the fourth seed in the South Region, will meet the 12th-seeded Rams. The winner will advance to Atlanta, on March 23, for a Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1 Kentucky or No. 8 Iowa State.
Iu returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 and notched its first tournament win since 2007 after defeating New Mexico State, 79-66. The Rams, who were in the 2011 Final Four, defeated Wichita State, 62-59. The Hoosiers have won six of their last seven and nine of 11 games since February 4, and are 4-0 all-time against No. 12 seeds.
Indiana was ranked 16th by the Associated Press last week and enters this week at 17th in the USA Today/ Coaches poll, after entering the rankings for the first time in Tom Crean's tenure following a 73-72 win over No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. Iu also edged No. 2 Ohio State (74-70) on New Years Eve. Iu is the first Big Ten team since Minnesota in 1952-53 to defeat the top two ranked teams in the same season. Last week was the 512th appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 244-170 all-time as a head coach and has five wins over nationally ranked foes in the last calendar year. Crean is 4-4 in his career against teams ranked No. 1 or No. 2 and 8-10 vs. teams ranked in the top five. Crean was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN's Jason King, and Big Ten Coach of the Year by the Sporting News and the BTN's Tom Dienhart. He was also the midseason winner of the Jim Phelan Award which is the National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com. SI.com also selected him as the Midseason Coach of the Year.
Shaka Smart is in his third season as the head coach of the Rams and has compiled an 84-27 overall record in his only stop as a head coach.
The Hoosiers are making their 36th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the sixth most in the event's history and the most among Big Ten members. Iu is 61-30 overall, the sixth most wins in the tournament and also a Big Ten best. Indiana is tied for third with North Carolina with five NCAA titles (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 and 1987). Iu has won two NCAA titles in Kansas City, two in Philadelphia and one in New Orleans. This year's Final Four is in New Orleans. Iu's 61-30 record (.667) is seventh all-time in the tournament and 91 games are ranked eighth among teams in the event.
The Hoosiers have a 3-1 record on a neutral floor with double-digit wins over Notre Dame, Penn State and New Mexico State. The Hoosiers are averaging 73.5 points per game and are shooting 47.7 percent from 3-point range in those contests.
The Hoosiers are shooting 76.3 percent from the free throw line, which would set a new school record for a single- season breaking the mark of 76.0 percent set in 2002-03. Iu's 218 3-point field goals made are the fifth most in school history in a single season. The record is 276 set in 2005-06.
A YEAR OF FIRSTS
Fourth year head coach Tom Crean and his Hoosiers have enjoyed a season which has closed the rebuilding process that was necessary when he took over the program in April of 2008. The following is a list of many notables that rewarded the patience needed in bringing the Hoosiers back to national prominence.
With 26 wins, the Hoosiers are tied for the eighth most wins in school history. IU also won 11 games in the Big Ten. (During the last three years, IU had won 28 games overall and eight in the Big Ten).
Notched their first NCAA Tournament win since 2007 after beating New Mexico State, 79-66.
Has had a 14-game improvement in its Win-Loss record compared to last year, the second biggest turnaround in the history of the Big Ten Conference (since 1974). For the accomplishment, Crean was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by The Sporting News.
Guided IU to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008, the program's 36th overall. Every four-year player from 1973-present will now have participated in the NCAA Tournament. The win over New Mexico State marked the first for IU since 2007.
Saw senior's Verdell Jones III, Kory Barnett, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Tom Pritchard become the first four-year players during his tenure.
Saw the team's three-year NCAA probation expire and guided the group to a 1,000 APR which put the program above the NCAA threshold with a score of 929.
Seen the Hoosiers ranked nationally for 12 straight weeks, ensuring that every IU four-year player since 1950 will have been on a nationally ranked team.
Defeated the No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (Michigan State) ranked teams in the regular season for the first time in IU history. It also marked the first time in Big Ten history since 1952-53 that a league team had defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same season.
Finished with the top non-conference RPI after posting wins over Butler, NC State, Kentucky, Notre Dame and regular season conference champions Savannah State and Stony Brook. The Hoosiers set a school record with a 14-0 non-conference mark.
Defeated NC State, 86-75, for the team's first road win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since 2001 against North Carolina.
Saw freshman Cody Zeller earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year and sophomore Victor Oladipo named to All-Defensive team, the first major conference awards earned by a player during Crean's tenure. Zeller was also Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times.
Saw sophomore Victor Oladipo and junior Christian Watford earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the first Hoosiers to earn the distinction during Crean's tenure.
Saw Zeller earn Second Team All-Big Ten accolades, the first ever Crean player to be named to one of the top three all-league teams.
Saw Zeller become a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year Award and the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Awards.
Leads the Big Ten Conference in scoring (77.3) after finishing 11th in the league in scoring (60.1) in 2008-09.
Is ranked second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (43.2) with the same shooters as last season when IU finished 162nd in the country (34.5) a season ago. The only major addition has been Zeller, who has not attempted a 3-point field goal this season.
Won eight games away from Assembly Hall with double-digit victories at Minnesota, Purdue, NC State and Evansville and neutral court double-digit wins over Notre Dame and Penn State at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Field House and New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament. IU had won three games away from Assembly Hall the last three seasons, and just one true road game.
Set a school record with an 18-1 record at Assembly Hall with such notable wins over Butler, Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.
Posted a 5-0 record against other teams from Indiana with an average margin of victory of 14.8 points.
COACH CREAN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is the sixth time head coach that Tom Crean has guided his team to the NCAA Tournament and the first as the head coach at Indiana.
In his seven seasons at Marquette, Crean led the Golden Eagles to five appearances including the 2003 Final Four. Crean is 6-5 in 11 NCAA games following Thursday's win over NMSU.
The NMSU win was the Hoosiers 26th and tied with Crean's 2001-02 team for his second highest single season win total at 26. His 2002-03 squad went to the Final Four and won 27.
HOOSIERS VS. ...
The Hoosiers are 11-1 all-time against teams from the WAC follwing the victory over the Aggies. Indiana had never played a team from the WAC in the NCAA Tournament prior to Thursday.
Indiana is 10-2 all-time against teams from the CAA and 1-0 against VCU. Of those 10 victories, two have come in the NCAA Tournament (vs. George Mason in 1989 and vs. UNC Wilmington in 2002).
The Hoosiers are 38-28 since the beginning of last season and took just 26 games to win 20 this year after winning 16 in two seasons from 2008-10. The Hoosiers' 11 Big Ten wins was three more than the number of conference victories Indiana had from 2009-11. IU will likely move back into the top 10 in the nation in attendance, averaging 16,462 fans over 19 home games, and averaging more than 17,000 fans over its last five games.
IU has wins over five teams that are currently nationally ranked in Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
Indiana has shot 49.0 percent from the field, 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, ninth in field goal percentage and led the Big Ten averaging 74.5 points per game.
IU leads among BCS teams making 18.6 free throws per game. The Hoosiers are also the leader in 3-point field goal percentage, third in field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and fifth in scoring among major conference teams.
Cody Zeller's presence inside has allowed the same players to improve the team's 3-point field goal percentage from 162nd (34.5) in the nation last season, to second in the country (43.6).
This is Tom Crean's sixth 20-win season as a head coach. In his final seven seasons at Marquette, Crean's teams averaged 22.8 wins per season.