Nov. 11, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host defending Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn in the regional round of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The Hoosiers are coming off a 100-72 victory over Chicago State in their opener on Friday, Nov. 8. The Blackbirds defeated St. Peter's, 87-80 on Saturday at the Barclays Center.
The two teams nearly met last year as the Hoosiers were the No.1 seed in the Dayton Regional and LIU Brooklyn lost to James Madison for the No. 16 seed in the opening round.
IU had six players score in double figures against Chicago State, led by sophomore Jeremy Hollowell, who had a career-high 16 points for the Hoosiers. Against the Cougars, IU made a school record 45 free throws and set an Assembly Hall record with 13 blocked shots.
The Blackbirds are coming off a 20-14 record, an unprecedented third straight NEC title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Point guard Jason Brickman, who led the nation in assists at 8.5 per game a year ago, had 13 points and 14 assists in the opener against St. Peter's.
THE LAST TWO-PLUS YEARS
Indiana is 57-16, which is second in the Big Ten (.780 winning pct.), 12-8 on the road, 21-13 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 35-2 at home (tied for the most wins in the country at home in that span).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 275-178 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 57-16 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. In 2011-12, 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.
Jack Perri is entering his second year as head coach at LIU Brooklyn after seven years as an assistant with the Blackbirds. He is 21-14 after leading them to the NEC Championship and an NCAA berth last season.
With the exception of four games in Assembly Hall during the holiday season (Evansville, Nicholls State, Kennesaw State, Michigan State), each Indiana home men's basketball game is sold out. IU students purchased 15,772 tickets to be divided each game among 7,800 of their peers. To order tickets for holiday break games, contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-487-7678.
REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Indiana has won 57 regular season tournaments. The Hoosiers captured the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, defeating Georgetown in the title game, and the 2011 Hoosier Classic, where they bested Butler in the champiopnship game.
This season marked the fifth time in six years under Tom Crean that a freshman cracked the starting lineup - 2008-09: Tom Pritchard, Verdell Jones III, Nick Williams; 2009-10: Christian Watford, Maurice Creek;
2011-12: Cody Zeller; 2012-13: Kevin Yogi Ferrell; 2013-14: Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams.
FRESHMAN DOUBLE DOUBLES
With 11 points and 14 rebounds, Noah Vonleh became the fourth freshman in the last six years to record a double-double in the season opener (Tom Pritchard, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller).