Nov. 8, 2012
|Bryant (0-0) at No. 1 Indiana (0-0)
||Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
||8 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
||BTN (Brian Anderson and Shon Morris)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates); Sirius 132/XM 192
||Indiana | Bryant
||Indiana | Bryant
| Social Media
|| @IndianaMBB | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
The Last Meeting
December 28, 2009
Indiana Defeats Bryant, 90-42
had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead five players in double figures as Indiana routed Bryant 90-42 on Monday night in the Hoosiers final Big Ten tuneup.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will play host to Bryant in the fifth season opener for Coach Tom Crean. 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.
The Hoosiers have won 14 straight season openers and 27 consecutive home openers. Head coach Tom Crean is 12-1 all-time in regular season-openers, including his 8-1 mark during his career at Marquette. On his way to victories in each of his four season-openers at Indiana, Crean's teams have outscored their opponents by an average score of 87.5 to 62.8. In his 13 season openers, Crean's teams have allowed 69 or more points just once.
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.
Tim O'Shea is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Bulldogs and 12th season overall as a college head coach with a career record of 140-194. At Bryant, he has posted a 20-99 overall record while leading the Bulldogs through the NCAA reclassification process since his first year in 2008-09. Prior to Bryant, O'Shea was the head coach at Ohio University for seven seasons and had a record of 120-95.
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.
2 for 32
Senior Christian Watford will wear fellow senior Derek Elston's #32 jersey for Friday night's game to honor his fellow classmate who is out with a knee injury.
HULLS CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Senior Jordan Hulls needs 30 points to become the 44th member of the 1,000 point club at Indiana. Teammate Christian Watford is currently 26th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,287 points. Former teammate Verdell Jones III finished his career ranked 23rd all-time at IU with 1,347 points.