Nov. 13, 2010
INDIANA vs. WRIGHT STATE
Sunday, Nov. 14 7:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU leads 1-0
TV: ESPNU (Dave O'Brien and Dan Dakich) - (Watch online by clicking HERE)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Indiana Game Notes
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball and will play the second of six straight home games when it faces Wright State on Sunday evening. Indiana opened the season with an 88-60 victory over Florida Gulf Coast marking the 26th straight win in a home opener and 13th straight win in a season opener. This is the Hoosiers third game since Monday. IU rallied for a 78-65 overtime victory against Ferris State on Monday night. The Hoosiers trailed by 10 points with 4:43 left in the second half before embarking on a 15-5 run to tie the game and then went 5-for-5 from the floor in overtime to pull away for the win.
Including exhibition games, IU will play eight games in 23 days during the month of November to start the season. On two occasions, the Hoosiers will play three games in less than a week.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is entering his third year with the Hoosiers. Has is 207-142 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.
Billy Donlon will coach his first game with the Wright State Raiders. He was an assistant for eight years under former coach Brad Brownell at UNC Wilmington and Wright State. He also has served on the staffs at American and St. Peters.
A victory would give Indiana a 2-0 start for the fourth straight season.
The last time the two teams played was march 19, 1993 when the Hoosiers won 97-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
Juniors Verdell Jones III and Tom Pritchard were in the starting lineup on opening night for the third straight season. Sophomores Maurice Creek and Christian Watford also were in the starting lineup last year in the first game. No one played more than 25 minutes against FGCU.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Jones III, Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
Former IU head coach, assistant coach and player Dan Dakich will call his first game for ESPNU after joining the network this fall. Former Hoosiers John Laskowski, Jim Crews, and Quinn Buckner also will call games involving Indiana for the Big Ten Network.
The Hoosiers return to action Tuesday night against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall. They lost at Georgia, 72-70, on Friday night.
WATFORD POSTS CAREER BESTS
Sophomore forward Christian Watford posted a career-high 24 points and four assists in the season opening win against FGCU. He also went to the line nine times and made seven against the Eagles. Despite his five rebounds, Coach Crean expects more on the boards from the Alabama native.
"Ask him about his rebounding," said Crean in the post game press conference. "We are going to need more from him. I think the more he rebounds the more he will also score."
Watford was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team a year ago fter averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds.
PRITCHARD ON THE BOARDS
Junior center Tom Pritchard had an active night, despite playing with an injured hand. He had eight rebounds, five on the offensive side, two assists and two blocked shots in 15 minutes of play.
MOORE TO LIKE
Junior walk-on guard Daniel Moore has been an outstanding floor leader in exhibitions and against FGCU. In 17 minutes, he had four assists and a steal.
JONES HELPS HULLS
With junior guard Verdell Jones III returning to the lineup and running the point, it opened things up for sophomore guard Jordan Hulls who drained six of nine three-pointers against FGCU. Going back to last year, Hulls has made 14 of 21 three-pointers at Assembly Hall in his last two regular season home games.
ON THE PLUS SIDE
Senior Jeremiah Rivers' role has changed at IU and he is now coming off the bench. He had two points, three assists and three steals and the team posted a team-best +21 advantage while he was in the game, which was being watched by his father, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers.
CREEK COMING BACK
Sophomore Maurice Creek, who had a fractured knee cap last season, scored 13 points in his first regular season game back since the injury. At one point last year, he led all freshmen in the country in scoring .
ELSTON A BIG SHOT
Sophomore Derek Elston hit two key shots in the first half to allow IU to build a cushion and he finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes before fouling out.
Freshman Victor Oladipo came to IU from the storied DeMatha program in Washington DC and his four-point play and blocked shot in the final 10 seconds allowed the Hoosiers to force overtime against Ferris State.
SHEEHEY CAN HELP
Freshman Will Sheehey showed more confidence on the floor when he had a conventional three-point play a rebound and an assist in eight minutes of action.