Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers and Delta Devils To Meet In Assembly Hall on Tuesday

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    Nov. 15, 2010

    Tuesday, Nov. 16 • 7:00 p.m. ET Series Record: First MeetingTV: Big Ten Network (Eric Collins and Jimmy Jackson)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith) and Sirius 158/XM 196
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    Indiana Game Notes (PDF)

    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball and will play the third of six straight home games when it faces Mississippi Valley State University on Tuesday 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. They followed that up with a 66-47 triumph over Wright State on Sunday night. This will be the Hoosiers third game in five days. MVSU lost its season opener at Georgia, 72-70 on Friday night.

    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 208-142 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.

    Sean Woods, a native of Indianapolis, is in his third year as the head coach of the Delta Devils. A former point guard at Kentucky and a member of the Wildcats Hall of Fame, Woods is 16-49 at MVSU. He prepped at Cathedral High School and also played for the Indiana Pacers.



    A victory would give Indiana a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

    This is the first meeting between the two teams. IU is 2-0 against SWAC opposition with wins over Alcorn State and Grambling.

    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.

    Indiana posted one of its best defensive efforts of the season posting its best efforts under Tom Crean in points allowed in a half (19) and rebound margin (+20). The 44 points allowed was the second fewest in the last two plus seasons.

    IU also shot 60.0 percent against Wright State, marking the first time they have shot 60.0 percent or better for the first time since November, 2007 against UNC-Wilmington.

    Sophomore Christian Watford is averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and junior Verdell Jones III is averaging 17 points per game.

    Indiana has posted back-to-back wins of more than 20 points for the first time under Coach Crean.

    The Hoosiers return to action Sunday afternoon when it hosts Evansville at 1 p.m.

    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.

    He also posted his fifth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wright State. For the season, he is averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 63.6% from the field.

    Watford was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team a year ago after averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds.

    The Delta Devils come into Tuesday night's game with a 0-1 record after suffering a tough 72-70 loss on the road against Georgia Friday night. Mississippi Valley State led the Bulldogs by one at the half and shot just 38 percent from the floor. However, they did nail 10 three-point field goals in the game and placed four players in double digit points, led by D'Angelo Jackson.


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