Nov. 10, 2008
Complete Indiana Game Notes in PDF Format
Complete Bemidji Game Notes in PDF Format
EXHIBITION GAME: INDIANA VS. BEMIDJI STATE
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, 7 p.m.
Assembly Hall (17,357)
RADIO AND INTERNET COVERAGE
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana begins its 109th season of men's basketball and hosts Bemidji State, an NCAA II school from Bemidji, Minnesota, on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers captured their first exhibition game of the season, a 103-71 win over Anderson, Friday night.
Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced teams in NCAA Division I history on the floor for the 2008-09 season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana will take the floor with seven new scholarship players and three additional walk-ons to start the season with Taber and Finkelmeier during the first semester.
TOUGH NON CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
The 2008-09 Indiana Hoosiers will have the potential to play five nationally ranked programs in the non-conference portion of their schedule, the most since Indiana played six non-league games against ranked foes in the 1992-93 season. The Hoosiers will for sure play #9 Notre Dame in the EA Sports Maui Invitational(11/24), at #21 Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (12/3) and against #10 Gonzaga at the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase in Indianapolis (12/6). In addition, #1 North Carolina and #7 Texas also will be at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008. 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. Matt Bowen, a 1995 graduate of Indiana is in his third year as the head coach of Bemidji State. He was a student manager for the Hoosiers from 1990-95. He came to BSU after serving as an assistant coach at Alabama-Birmingham and at Valparaiso. IU assistant coach Tim Buckley played for the Beavers from 1983-85 and was an assistant coach there from 1986-88. He earned his bachelor's and master's degree from the institution in 1986 and 1988 respectively.
The Hoosiers will host Northwestern (La.) State at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 15 in Assembly Hall.
SCOUTING THE BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS
This is the first meeting ever between the Bemidji State University Beavers and the Hoosiers. The Beavers are 0-14 all-time versus NCAA Division I opponents and are 1-3 in exhibition games under the tutelage of Matt Bowen. Bemidji State returns nine student-athletes from last seasons roster, including five of the top seven leading scorers from a year ago. Bemidji State and head coach Matt Bowen are
currently 0-1 versus the Big Ten. BSU dropped an exhibition game on Nov. 3, 2006 to the University of Minnesota by a score of 88-32. BSU has opened up the exhibition season with a Division I opponent in each of the last four season's playing Iowa State, Missouri, Minnesota, and North Dakota State. Junior guard Seth Haake has played in three exhibition games during his career. In three games Haake has garnered 10 ppg, 4 rpg, and two assists per game while shooting .688 (11-16) from the field, 6-for-10 from the three-point arc and 2-for-3 from the charity stripe. The sophomore duo of Patrick Cassidy and Brady Fairbanks averaged 13.3 points per game while grabbing four rebounds a game last season. They combined for .480 from the field (12-25) and 47-for-67 from the free-throw line.
POST GAME NOTESFROM THE ANDERSON GAME
Baseball player Kipp Schutz, a sophomore from Evansville Harrison, suited up for the Hoosiers against Anderson. He is on a try out with the Hoosiers and averaged 11 points as a senior in high school.
The Indiana basketball team defeated Anderson University, 103-71 to run its record in exhibition games to 6-0 over the past five seasons against lower-level colleges and universities.
The Hoosiers opened the game on a 21-2 spurt, capped off by back-to-back three-point field goals from Devan Dumes and Matt Roth.
The 103 points scored was the third consecutive exhibition game in which the Hoosiers have topped the century mark.
With the 32-point margin of victory, the Hoosiers have defeated each of their last five exhibition opponents by 30 or more points.
Indiana shot a blistering 55.9 from the field for the game while holding Anderson to just 36.8 percent. In the first half, Indiana shot nearly 54 percent while the Ravens managed just 31.3 percent.
At the foul line, Indiana held a decided advantage there as well, making 12 more free throws than Anderson attempted in the game (33 made to 21 attempted). In the game, IU was 33-for-40 (82.5 percent) while Anderson was 14-for-21 (66.7 percent).
Indiana pulled away early thanks to an sizeable advantage in fast break points and finished the game with a 29-7 edge in that category.
The Hoosiers also dominated the Ravens in the paint, outscoring them 50-28.
Of the 12 players who saw action for the Hoosiers, only Brett Finkelmeier had played in an IU uniform (11 minutes). Finkelmeier exceeded that total in one exhibition game with 15 minutes of action against Anderson.
The starting five for the Hoosiers scored 75 of the 103 points in the game. The starting lineup consisted of freshman Nick Williams (10), freshman Tom Pritchard (20), freshman Matt Roth (5), freshman Verdell Jones (18) and junior Devan Dumes (22).
Junior Devan Dumes led the Hoosiers with 22 points, doing most of his damage from the free throw line (11-for-11).
Freshman Tom Pritchard was the second leading scorer for IU with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds to claim the team lead in that category.
Verdell Jones III, another freshman, dropped in 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor. He also dished out three assists and snared five rebounds and came away with three steals.
Freshman Malik Story came off the bench and provided a spark in the early going and finished with 14 points to go along with three points and three assists.
Freshman Nick Williams was the fifth player in double figures for the Hoosiers with 10 points in addition to five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Freshman Matt Roth closed with five points and three rebounds in his Hoosier debut.
Junior college transfer Tijan Jobe scored four points, all from the free throw line while freshman Broderick Lewis chipped in with four points of his own by making both of his field goal attempts.
Evan White, Brett Finkelmeier and Kory Barnett all scored two points.
Daniel Moore did not break into the scoring column but he did hand out three assists and grab a rebound in 12 minutes of action.