Men's Basketball

    Men's Basketball Opens Season With Howard

    Go Hoosiers! Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!
    Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 11, 2009

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    Friday, November 13 • 8:00 p.m. ET
    Assembly Hall- 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Series Record: First Meeting
    TV: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely and John Laskowski)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana begins its 110th season of college basketball when it hosts the Bison of Howard University. This will mark the second season of the Tom Crean Era at IU and the first of two straight home games to open the 2009-10 season. The Hoosiers will host USC-Upstate on Monday at 8:30 p.m. The Hoosiers will be looking for their 25th straight win in a home opener, their 12th straight victory in a season opener and Coach Crean is looking for his ninth straight win in a season opener.

    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. Gil Jackson is in his fifth season at Howard after spending 16 years as an assistant at Penn. The Bison were 8-23 last season and 6-10 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

    The Hoosiers averaged 95.5 points and shot 50.4% from the field in the two games. IU shot 72.0% from the line and forced 19.5 turnovers per game. In addition, the team garnered 11.5 steals per game. As a team, they outrebounded their opponents 47.0 to 37.5. Individually, 10 players averaged 10 or more minutes. Freshman Christian Watford led the team with 16 points and 7.5 rebounds. He also made 16 of 17 free throws. Junior Jeremiah Rivers had 13.5 points and 4.0 assists. Sophomore Verdell Jones III averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 assists. Freshmen Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek averaged 10.5 points apiece with Hulls shooting 75.0% from the floor and Creek knocking in 54.5% of his shots. Freshman Derek Elston averaged 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds and sophomore Tom Pritchard averaged 8.0 points and 6.5 boards.

    Last year, according to Jeff Sagarin's College Basketball Rankings, Indiana 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's RPI.

    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, are guaranteed to appear on IU's schedule this season.




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