November 9, 2001
From Oil to Shoes
Indiana will play host to Nike Elite in its final exhibition game of the season. Nike Elite was formerly known as Marathon. The two teams will do battle on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available.
On the Radio/iuhoosiers.com
The game can be heard live on the href="http://www.indiana.edu/~athlweb/graphic/broadcast.html#RadioList">IU Radio Network with the pregame show beginning at 6 p.m. Don Fischer will call the game on the network which features nearly 50 different radio stations throughout Indiana. He will be joined by this season's color analyst, former Hoosier Todd Leary. Joe Smith will serve as the pregame, halftime and post game host. Fans can listen to the game live on-line and follow it statistically as iuhoosiers.com will feature live updates this season.
This game will employ experimental rules which include jump balls where all alternating-possession arrows were used in the past. The free-throw and three-second lane will be widened to the NBA dimensions. And, no free throws shall be awarded to the offended team for a foul committed by a member of a team in control of the ball. Instead the team will be awarded possession of the ball..
Inside the Series
Indiana owns a 2-0 mark in the all-time series against Nike Elite. Last year the Hoosiers defeated the team when it was called Marathon, 79-75. Kirk Haston led the way with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Jared Jeffries added 14 points and 12 boards while Dane Fife chipped in 10 points and seven assists. The two teams first met in 1999 and the Hoosiers posted a 105-78 victory. Seven different Indiana players scored in double digits led by Haston's 16 points. Fife added 14 while Jarrad Odle scored ten and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Nike Off and Running
Nike Elite currently owns a 1-5 record and will be playing their 10th game when it faces Indiana. The game will be Nike's fourth straight against Big Ten Conference competition as Nike battles Penn State on November 9, Michigan on November 11 and Ohio State on November 13.
Nike opened its tour with a 98-85 loss to Clemson. Antwon Hall (Arkansas) led Nike in scoring with 20 points while Rick Hughes (Thomas More College) tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Nike's first victory came against Houston as Wil Trawick (San Jose State) led the way with 17 points.
South Carolina posted a 90-81 victory over Nike. Nike was led by Hughes who tallied 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Villanova posted a 92-70 win over Nike despite 14 points from Hall.
Nike dropped a 105-77 verdict to Connecticut. Hall led the way for Nike with 16 points. Continuing their Big East swing Nike fell to Syracuse 87-71 despite 24 points from Hughes.
Nike Elite's roster also includes the likes of Dayrl Cunningham (Kansas State), Coleco Buie (SW Missouri State), Todd Burgan (Syracuse), Richard Shaw (Marquette), Curt Smith (Drake) and Ted Dupay (Florida)
Indiana is 11-1 in last 12 exhibition games. The last loss came in 1997 to Athletes in Action (94-77). The Hoosiers have scored 90+ points in seven of those 11 games and have reached the 100-point plateau five times.
Indiana 105, Athletes in Action 59
Indiana opened its exhibition season with a convincing 105-59 victory over Athletes in Action in front of 11,553 fans. Jared Jeffries led the way for the Hoosiers as he tallied 23 points and eight rebounds. A total of five Indiana players scored in double figures including Jeff Newton (17 points, 8 rebounds), Jarrad Odle (16 points, 6 rebounds), Kyle Hornsby (14 points) and Donald Perry (10 points).
Blowing Away the Competition
The Hoosiers opened exhibition play with a 46-point victory over Athletes in Action on November 4. The margin of victory was the second largest among Big Ten teams in exhibition play this season. Here is a look at other Big Ten scores from preseason play:
Iowa 116, Illinois All-Stars 68 (48 points)
Indiana 105, Athletes in Action 59 (46 points)
Purdue 108, International Select 77 (31 points)
Michigan 94, EA Sports 68 (26 points)
Illinois 104, Illinois All-Stars 81 (23 points)
Ohio State 82, One World All-Stars 60 (22 points)
Northwestern 84, International Select 64 (20 points)
Starting the Game Off
Indiana's starters played 134 minutes against Athletes in Action. The average minutes played by starters amongst Big Ten teams in exhibition action has been 120.8 minutes. Here is a look at how Big Ten teams have been using their starting five during the exhibition season.
Game Starters Minutes
Michigan State 89, Magic Johnson's All-Stars 87 (141:00)
Globetrotters 79, Iowa 76 (136:00)
Indiana 105, Athletes in Action 59 (134:00)
Globetrotters 79, Minnesota 70 (126:00)
Ohio State 82, One World All-Stars 60 (121:00)
Illinois 104, Illinois All-Stars 81 (115:00)
Iowa 116, Illinois All-Stars 68 (114:00)
Northwestern 84, International Select 64 (111:00)
Michigan 94, EA Sports 68 (109:00)
Purdue 108, International Select 77 (101:00)
Out of the Gates Quickly
Indiana jumped out to a 19-0 lead against Athletes in Action holding them scoreless for the game's first 6:18. All five Hoosier starters scored in the 19-0 run.
Dishing it Out
Tom Coverdale led the Hoosiers with 12 assists against Athletes in Action and committed just one turnover. As a team the Hoosiers had 31 assists and just nine turnovers. Dane Fife pitched in with five assists of his own in the victory.
Finding Their Range
Indiana shot 66.7 percent from the floor against Athletes in Action connecting on 42-of-63 shots from the field. The Hoosiers hit 57.9 percent from behind the arc connecting on 11-of-19 three-pointers. Indiana hit for 11 three-pointers last season against Wisconsin and it marked the fifth highest single season mark in the school's history.
In the National Rankings
Street & Smith's-17th
USA Today Coaches Poll-21st
The Sporting News-33rd
In the Big Ten Rankings
Street & Smith's-3rd
Big Ten Media/Coaches-3rd
The Sporting News-4th
Athlon second team All-American
Athlon first team All-Big Ten
Street & Smith's first team All-Big Ten
Lindy's first team All-Big Ten
Big Ten Media/Coaches first team All-Big Ten
Lindy's 4th ranked small forward
The Sporting News 7th ranked power forward
The Sporting News first team All-Big Ten
Wooden Award National Player of the Year Top 50
Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Top 30
Athlon second team All-Big Ten
Lindy's third team All-Big Ten
Athlon Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
The Sporting News Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
Street & Smith's Freshman All-Midwest selection
When the Hoosiers open the regular season they will be logging their frequent flyer miles. Indiana opens the 2001-2002 campaign on November 18 at Charlotte. The Hoosiers return home following the game and promptly depart for Alaska on Tuesday, November 20. They will take part in the Great Alaska Shootout November 21-24 (three games) and return home on November 25. Then just two days later it is back on the road and back to North Carolina, this time to face the Tar Heels on November 28. The road swing finally comes to end with game number six on December 1 at Southern Illinois.
The six-game road swing covering 14 days will encompass over 8,600 miles.
The last time the Hoosiers opened a season with six in a row on the road came in 1994-95. Indiana traveled to the Maui Classic, Notre Dame, faced Evansville in Indianapolis and Kentucky in Louisville before opening their home season on December 9. They posted a 2-4 mark and finished the season with a 19-12 overall mark and an 11-7 record in conference play, good for third place in the Big Ten standings.
Mike Roberts suffered a chipped bone in his right ankle on October 31 and is expected to be out for another 3-4 weeks.