Nov. 14, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will play host to Sam Houston State in the Bloomington Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic. The Hoosiers are 4-0 all-time against Southland Conference opponents with the last meeting coming in November, 2010 when IU beat Northwestern State, 100-66. 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 started 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 1,692 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 247-171 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.
Jason Hooten is in his third season as the head coach of the Bearkats, posting a record of 32-32 in his only stop as a Division I head coach.
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 scoring 77 points in the first two games. Sophomore Remy Abell and freshman Jeremy Hollowell are averaging 13.0 points per game, while Will Sheehey is averaging 9.5.After two games, the Hoosiers have a 14.5 rebound per game edge on its opponents. Last year at the same time, opponents had outrebounded IU by 1.5 per game. The Hoosiers are averaging 32 free throw attempts per game. Last year, IU led all Big Six Conference teams making 18.2 charity tosses per game.
HULLS CLOSING IN ON MILESTONE
Senior Jordan Hulls needs 10 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 1,308 points. For his career, Hulls has made 44.2 percent of his 3-point field goals. His 180 triples are the seventh most among active players in the NCAA.