Nov. 1, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Hillsdale College in its second exhibition game of the 2013-14 season. Hillsdale returns four starters from last year's team which finished 17-10 and 13-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Last week, Hillsdale lost to Valpo, 69-60, in an exhibition game and are scheduled to also play at Toledo on Sunday, Nov. 3. Sophomore forward Kyle Cooper had 22 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders and senior forward Tim Dezelski added 16 points and nine boards.
The Hoosiers defeated Southern Indiana, 83-68, on October 26, in what is believed to be the first IU men's basketball exhibition game played in the 10th month of the calendar. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 24 to start the season in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and received votes (111, 28th) in the Associated Press rankings.
The Hoosiers return sophomore All-Big Ten guard Kevin Yogi Ferrell who averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 assists last season and Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year senior wing Will Sheehey, who averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds during his junior year. In addition, IU boasts a six-man freshman class that was rated as the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation. Ferrell had 20 points, sophomore Jeremy Hollowell had 13 points, freshman Troy Williams had 10 points and 10 boards, Sheehey added 10 points and freshman Noah Vonleh posted nine points and 10 boards against USI.
Last year, IU was 29-7 and won their 21st Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 record. The Hoosiers were ranked 7th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
THE LAST TWO YEARS
Indiana is 56-16, which is second in the Big Ten (.778 winning pct.), 12-8 on the road, 21-13 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 35-2 at home (tied for the most wins in the country at home in that span).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 274-178 all-time as a head coach and the last two years he has led IU to a 56-16 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances for the Hoosiers in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year and he was honored by the FCA when he was awarded the John Lotz "Barnabas" Award which is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity and encouragement to others and lives a balanced life. In 2011-12, 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.
John Tharp is entering his seventh year at Hillsdale and has a 107-60 record with the Chargers.
With the exception of four games in Assembly Hall during the Holiday Season (Evansville, Nicholls State, Kennesaw State, Michigan State), each IU home men's basketball game is sold out. IU students purchased 15,772 tickets to be divided each game among 7,800 of their peers. For more information contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 866-IUSPORTS (487-7678).
BIG TEN DIGITAL NETWORK
Fans at home may follow the action on the Big Ten Digital Network. The cost to join is $14.95 for the month of November and includes games against Hillsdale and Chicago State. Fans may sign up at video.btn.com. The game will air on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5.