Nov. 10, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will play host to North Dakota State in the Bloomington Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic. The Hoosiers are 7-0 all-time against Summit League opponents with the last meeting coming in November, 2008 when IU beat IUPUI, 60-57. 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 1,691 wins all-time.
CREAN RECEIVES CONTRACT EXTENSION
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced that he and Tom Crean had reached an agreement on the terms of a new contract, including a two-year extension, that would keep Crean as the head men's basketball coach at Indiana at least through the year 2020. The key terms of the new contract will include the two-year extension from six years to eight years (through June 20, 2020) and an increase in the average annual non-performance based compensation from approximately $2.52 million to approximately $3.16 million. All of the annual incremental income will be paid through deferred compensation. The new contract will also add a performance bonus for team academic performance as measured by APR, GSR, and GPA worth as much as $55,000 per year. The contract will also contain increased buyout and guaranty provisions.
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 246-171 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.
Saul Phillips is in his sixth season as the head coach at North Dakota State. He has a overall record of 85-67 with the Bison in his only head coaching stop.
STATS TO WATCH
After finishing 140th in the country last season in scoring off the bench (18.9 ppg), the Hoosier depth could challenge for the nation's best after a 40-point effort in the opener against Bryant. Sophomore Remy Abell and freshman Jeremy Hollowell each scored 12 points and junior Will Sheehey added 10.
HULLS CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Senior Jordan Hulls needs 21 points to become the 44th member of the 1,000 point club at Indiana. Teammate Christian Watford is currently 25th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,302 points.
Junior Maurice Creek who underwent three surgeries in a span of 22 months, played in his first regular season game since January, 2011 and had six points on two 3-pointers against Bryant.