Men's Basketball

    Indiana Set to Open Exhibition Play against Franklin College

    Go Hoosiers! Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!
    Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 2, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - INDIANA vs. FRANKLIN
    Wednesday, November 3 • 7:00 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall -17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: First Meeting
    TV: BTN.com (Dave Leno and Adam Ahlfeld)
    **Game is scheduled to re-air on Big Ten Network at 9:30 p.m ET on Friday, Nov. 4
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)

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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana begins its 111th season of college basketball and will play the first of two exhibition games when it hosts Franklin College of Franklin, Ind., on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers also will play Ferris State on Monday, Nov. 8. Including exhibition games, IU will play eight games in 23 days during the month of November to start the season. On two occasions, the Hoosiers will play three games in less than a week, starting with three games in five days from Nov. 12-16. The Cream and Crimson will open the regular season on November 12 at home against Florida Gulf Coast. Both exhibition games can be heard on the IU Radio Network and can be seen LIVE only on the internet at BigTenNetwork.com (subscription required). The game will re-air on the Big Ten Network at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 4.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, so he is entering his third year with the Hoosiers. Has is 206-142 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year agaisnt Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. He came to Indiana from Marquette where he was 190-96 (66.4) in nine seasons and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 Final Four.

    Kerry Prather is in his 28th year as the head coach at Franklin, compiling an overall mark of 433-296.

    TEAM SCRIMMAGE NOTES
    Junior Daniel Moore had 18 points, five assists and four steals, including two in the first two minutes, which fueled the Cream to a 65-51 win in a 31 minute scrimmage that was part of the Night of the Living Red festivities in Assembly Hall on Oct. 29.

    This was the third straight year the IU men's basketball team scrimmaged during a Halloween event with this season's edition drawing a crowd of 7,847.

    Moore made seven of nine shots and hit two of three from long distance, but his defense allowed the Cream to score 27 points off of 17 Crimson turnovers.

    Junior Guy-Marc Michel had 14 points, 10 rebounda and four blocked shots. Sophomore Matt Roth showed he had fully healed from his broken foot last season scoring 10 points and making two of five three pointers.

    Freshman Will Sheehey added 10 points, sophomore Bobby Capobianco added seven points and five rebounds and freshman Victor Oladipo had six points and five assists.

    For the Crimson, sophomore Christian Watford led the team with 24 points and added five boards. he knocked in three of four triples. Sophomore Derek Elston had 12 points and seven rebounds, sophomore Jordan Hulls had nine points and three assists, sophomore Maurice Creek had four points and three assists and junior Tom Pritchard had two points and seven rebounds.

    NEW FACES
    The 2010-11 edition of the Indiana Men's Basketball team will see a number of new faces on the sideline. The new faces include assistant coach Steve McClain, strength and conditioning coach Je'Ney Jackson, coordinator of basketball systems Anthony Saccoccia and graduate manager Seth Cooper. Also, assuming the role of director of operations and video coordinator is Drew Adams, who served as the director of basketball systems last year.

    McClain comes to Indiana after serving as the associate head coach at Colorado for the past two years. Last year he coached Cory Higgins, who earned All-Big XII honors and Alec Burks, who was named Big XII Freshman of the year. Prior to Colorado, he was the head coach at Wyoming for nine seasons where he averaged 17 wins per season and an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. He was also the head coach at Hutchinson Community College where he led them to the National Junior College Championship in jus his third season there.

    Jackson joins the Hoosier staff from Southern Mississippi where he was the secondary coach for the football program. Prior to that, he was the cornerbacks coach at Kansas for three seasons and a strength coach for one season. He began his career as a strength coach at Wyoming with current IU assistant coach Steve McClain after a successful playing career with the Cowboys.

    Saccoccia was a graduate manager the last two seasons at Michigan State before joining the Hoosiers this year. He was with the Spartans when they made back-to-back runs to the Final Four. As an undergraduate, Saccoccia was a student manager with the Youngstown State University men's basketball team.

    Cooper was the video coordinator the last four years for the Los Angeles Clippers, where he assisted the coaches with film preparation and scouting reports. He played basketball at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., and was a NABC All-American.

    Adams was promoted to his current position following the 2009-10 season. He is responsible for overseeing all of the opponent film exchange as well as the daily film and video needs of the program. A native of Bloomington, Adams was a student assistant at Tennessee for two years and also played for Steve Alford at Iowa for a season.

    EXHIBITION HISTORY
    The 2010-11 season marks the seventh campaign that the Hoosiers have opened the season with exhibition games against NCAA Division II or III schools. Here are the exhibition results from the past five years:

    2009-10
    Grace (Ind.)...W, 96-73
    St. Joseph's (Ind.)...W, 95-67

    2008-09
    Anderson...W, 103-71
    Bemidji State...W, 72-54

    2007-08
    North Alabama...W, 121-76
    UNC Pembroke...W, 111-62

    2006-07
    North Dakota...W, 95-50
    Indianapolis...W, 83-46

    2005-06
    St. Joseph's (Ind.)...W, 93-65
    Indianapolis...W, 96-49

    2004-05
    Bellarmine...W, 101-64

     

     


       

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