Top-Seed Indiana Heads to Dayton for NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2013
THE OPENING TIP:The Indiana men's basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. The Hoosiers were also a top seed in 1987 (National Champions) and 1993 (lost in Elite Eight). IU is in the East Region.
THE POD: The Hoosiers will face No. 16 James Madison in the second round on Friday. Should they advance, the Hoosiers will play the winner of No. 8 NC State and No. 9 Temple matchup on Sunday. IU has faced James Madison, winning 84-52 in Bloomington on Dec. 11, 1987. The Hoosiers are 3-0 against NC State and beat the Wolfpack last season, 86-75, in the BIg Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh. Temple leads the all-time series with IU, 5-4, with the last meeting coming in 2003. The teams did play in the 1994 NCAA Tournament with IU winning, 67-58, in Landover, Md.
INDIANA IS ... : Ranked No. 4 in the final regular season Associated Press poll and was No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Hoosiers held the No. 1 spot for 10 weeks this season and 54 weeks all-time. Indiana has been ranked in each of the last 32 straight polls, the most since IU appeared for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94.
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.
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT ... : The Hoosiers are making their 37th appearance in the event (sixth all-time) and have a 62-31 record (seventh all-time). This will be the Hoosiers third trip to Dayton for the NCAA Tournament. In 1975, IU defeated Oregon State, 81-71 in the Sweet Sixteen and fell to Kentucky 92-90, in the Elite Eight. In 1981, IU began its road to the national title with a 99-64 win over Maryland.
COACH CREAN: Tom Crean is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers and has guided them to a 54-15 mark since the start of the 2011-12 season and is 82-81 during his tenure at Indiana. He was named 2013 USBWA District V Coach of the Year. He is 272-177 all-time as a head coach and has 13 wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Crean is 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament at IU and led the Hoosiers to the 2012 Sweet Sixteen. His teams have made seven appearances (six at Marquette) in the Big Dance and he is 7-6 overall.
OLADIPO AND ZELLER HONORED: For the first time since 1976 (Kent Benson and Scott May), IU will put two USBWA All-Americans on the floor at the same time. Junior Victor Oladipo was named first team by the USBWA and sophomore Cody Zeller was a second team choice. Oladipo was named National Player of the Year by Sporting News and a First Team All-American, while Zeller landed on the third team. Teammates D.J. White and Eric Gordon earned All-American honors in 2008, but Gordon was not named on the USBWA team.
TEAM NOTES: Indiana is second in the country in free throws made per game (18.9), third in scoring margin (17.5), scoring (80.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.1). They are also seventh in field goal percentage (.486) and tied for ninth in rebound margin (7.7). 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. Overall, the Hoosiers are 10-4 in games away from Assembly Hall this season.
NATIONALLY (PLAYERS): Junior Victor Oladipo is tied for 17th in the country in total steals (74) and 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.599) while ranking 12th in effective field goal percentage (.647). Christian Watford is ninth in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.491) and Jordan Hulls is 20th (.464). Cody Zeller is 10th in the country in free throws made (182) and tied for 8th in free throws attempted (241).
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