Oct. 31, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will host Indiana Wesleyan in its lone public exhibition game for the 2012-13 season. For the first time since the 1979-80 preseason and just for the third time in school history (1975-76), the Indiana men's basketball team will start the season as the top ranked team in the country. Indiana was also picked by the Big Ten media to win the conference championship.
The Hoosiers return the same starting lineup they finished their season with last year. The group helped lead IU to a 27-9 record as they earned the program's first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2002 and just the second berth in the round of 16 since 1995. Indiana was ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 13th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll. Using the formula on how the NCAA ranks a teams' improvement from one year to the next, IU had a 15 1/2-game improvement in the standings from 2010-11, the seventh largest in NCAA history. The Hoosiers also rank 11th with 1,690 wins all-time.
Indiana Wesleyan returns four starters from a year ago and begins the season ranked No. 4 in the NAIA Division II men's basketball poll. Senior forward Patrick Hopkins is back after averaging 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. Junior guard Jordan Weidner also averaged 14.8 points. They won their season opener, 91-74, last night at home against St. Xavier (Ill.).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers. He is 245-171 all-time as a head coach and has six wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two seasons. 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.
Greg Tonagel is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Wildcats and has a 179-62 record. Last year, IWU advanced to the NAIA Division II Tournament and lost in the first round, posting a 21-12 record.
With the exception of four games in Assembly Hall during the Holiday Season (Ball State, Mt. St. Mary's, Florida Atlantic and Jacksonville), each IU home men's basketball game will be sold out. IU students purchased 12,441 tickets to be divided each game among 7,800 of their peers. That is a 300 percent increase over student sales from the 2008-09 season. Fans who are interested in coming to the above mentioned four-game Mini Series, may purchase the Coke Four Pack which includes four tickets, four hotdogs, four popcorns and four Cokes for $20 per person. For more information contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 866-IUSPORTS (487-7678).
Interest in the IU Basketball program was at a fever pitch on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the program held its annual Hoosier Hysteria presented by Smithville. In 90 minutes after opening doors, all 17,472 seats were taken and thousands of fans were turned away from the Assembly Hall doors.
LIFE AT NO.1
The Hoosier's current ranking marks the first time since the final regular season poll in 1993 that IU is ranked as the top program in the land. This will be the 45th week in school history, tying Cincinnati, as the No. 1 team in the country in the AP Poll.