Nov. 7, 2009
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
INDIANA vs. SAINT JOSEPH COLLEGE
Monday, November 9 7:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall- 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: Second Meeting
Indiana won exhibition, 93-65, in 2005
TV: BTN.com (Dave Leno and Errek Suhr)
RADIO: IU Radio Network: (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana begins its 110th season of college basketball and will play the second of two exhibition games when it hosts Saint Joseph's College of Rensselaer, Ind., on Monday, November 9. The Hoosiers are coming off a 96-73 victory over Grace on November 4, while SJC will play at IUPUI on Saturday. Including exhibition games, IU will play seven games in 18 days to start the season. The Cream and Crimson will open the regular season on November 13 at home against Howard. Monday's game can be heard on the IU Radio Network and can be seen only on the internet at BigTenNetwork.com for $2.99. The game will air on Tuesday on the Big Ten Network at 1 p.m. as part of BTN's Student U program. All basketball programming on BigTenNetwork.com is completely produced by students.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, so he is entering his second year with the Hoosiers. He needs four wins to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10+ season career 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. Richard Davis is in his fourth year at SJC who are an NCAA Division II program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. He is 49-36 in three seasons and was 15-12 last season.
The exhibition season will be an important part of the development for the 2009-10 Indiana men's basketball team. In their preseason opener against Grace, the Hoosiers used a 14-2 run in the second half to break open a close game in posting a 96-73 triumph. Six players scored in double figures as nine players saw 13 minutes or more of action. Freshman Christian Watford had 19 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Jordan Hulls added 14 points, three assists and three steals. Junior Jeremiah Rivers had 12 points and sophomore Tom Pritchard had 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Verdell Jones III had 10 points and eight assists and freshman Derek Elston had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Hoosiers had 21 assists, outrebounded the Lancers 49-36 and forced 25 turnovers into 18 steals.
TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN 2008-09
According to Jeff Sagarin's College Basketball Rankings, at the end of the regular season last year, Indiana had played the toughest schedule of any team in the country. Ken Pomeroy's rating system had the Hoosier's finishing the season with the eighth toughest schedule, and ninth toughest by ESPN.com's RPI.
CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR THE HOOSIERS
Indiana's schedule could have them play as much as 19 games this season against teams who are ranked or are receiving votes in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25. Indiana will play #2 Michigan State, #5 Kentucky, # 7 Purdue, #15 Michigan, #17 Ohio State, #18 Minnesota and could see #6 Villanova, #20 Georgia Tech or #22 Dayton in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff Classic. In addition, Maryland, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Kansas State and Mississippi all are receiving votes and, with the exception of Kansas State, will appear on IU's schedule this season.
POSTGAME NOTES - GRACE COLLEGE
Indiana Postgame Notes Indiana vs. Grace College (Exhibition) Nov. 9, 2009 Tonight marked the first-ever meeting between Indiana University and Grace College and opened the 110th season of IU basketball.
This is the sixth campaign the Hoosiers have opened the season with exhibition games against NCAA Division II or III schools. Indiana improved to 10-0 all-time in those games.
The Hoosiers starting five consisted of junior guard Jeremiah Rivers, sophomore guard Verdell Jones III, freshman guard Maurice Creek, sophomore forward Tom Pritchard and freshman forward Christian Watford.
Jeremiah Rivers (transfer) and freshmen Maurice Creek, Christian Watford, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco made their first appearances in an Indiana uniform.
Indiana finished the first half on a 6-0 run to enter the break with a 42-36 edge.
The Hoosiers recorded 21 assists on their 35 field goals.
IU showed off its newfound depth as six Hoosiers played over 20 minutes and nine tallied 10-plus minutes. Overall, 13 players saw the floor.
The depth showed as Indiana dominated with 38 points off the bench to Grace's 11.
Holding a 46-44 lead at the 17:04 mark, the Hoosiers went on a 27-11 over 9:13 to build an 18-point advantage.
Six Hoosiers posted double figures, led by freshman Christian Watford's 19.
Indiana outrebounded Grace, 49-36, and held a 21-12 edge on the offensive glass. The Hoosiers outscored the Lancers 58-34 in the paint and held a 17-7 advantage in second-half points.
IU shot 75.9 percent from the foul line, converting 22 of its 29 opportunities.
Freshman Christian Watford posted a double-double as he finished with game highs in points (19) and rebounds (11).
Sophomore Tom Pritchard also reach double digits with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.
Junior Jeremiah Rivers added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He dished out three assists and collected two steals.
Sophomore Verdell Jones III played a team-high 27 minutes and poured in 10 points with a game-high eight assists and two steals.
Freshman Jordan Hulls scored 14 points with three assists and three steals in 21 minutes. He missed just one shot on 5-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the foul line.
Freshman Derek Elston provided a big boost of the bench with 10 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, to go along with seven boards in 17 minutes.
Sophomore Matt Roth contributed seven points in 13 minutes.
Freshman Maurice Creek played 21 minutes and scored five points with three rebounds, and freshman Bobby Capobianco contributed four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes.
Sophomore Daniel Moore tallied two assists and a steal in eight minutes, while senior Tijan Jobe pulled down three rebounds in six minutes.
Senior Steven Gambles added three points and sophomore Kory Barnett played two minutes.