Men's Basketball

    Season Opens at Charlotte

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    November 16, 2001

    Hoosiers Travel to Charlotte

    Indiana opens its regular season at Charlotte on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. The 49ers have won both of their exhibition games defeating the Global Stars 77-61 and Gulbene 89-56. Thomas Jobey led the way with 36 points in the two games. Charlotte will be in action Friday evening when it faces Davidson at home.

    On the Radio/
    The game can be heard live on the IU Radio Network with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Don Fischer will call the game on the network which features nearly 50 different radio stations throughout Indiana. He will be joined by this season's color analyst, former Hoosier Todd Leary. Joe Smith will serve as the pregame, halftime and post game host. Fans can listen to the game live on-line at

    Inside the Series
    The 49ers will welcome the Hoosiers to Halton Arena for the first time ever. The two teams met for first time at Assembly Hall last year and Indiana posted a 76-72 victory on December 12. Jared Jeffries and Kirk Haston each tallied 19 points in the victory while Jeff Newton added 13 points and 10 rebounds. IU outscored the 49ers 12-1 in the game's final 4:23 to help erase a 17-point second half deficit.

    Season Openers
    This is the 102nd season of Indiana Men's Basketball. The Hoosiers own an all-time mark of 81-20 (.802) in season openers and have won the last three with victories over Pepperdine, Texas Tech and Seton Hall.

    A Rare Occurrence
    It is rare for Indiana to open its season with a true road game (playing on the opponent's home court). This marks just the 13th time in 102 years that IU opens play with a road game. The Hoosiers own a 6-6 mark in season openers on the road and have won the last two times against Texas Tech and Alaska-Anchorage. This is just the sixth time since 1961 that the Hoosiers have opened their season with a road contest.
    Indiana stays on the road and faces Alaska-Anchorage on its home court on November 21 making this the first time since 1918 that a Hoosier team opened the season with back-to-back road games.

    Opening on the Road
    Indiana is 10-10 in season openers away from Assembly Hall with wins in their last two such contests against Texas Tech and Seton Hall (in Indianapolis).

    In the Polls
    Indiana is ranked in both major national polls. The Hoosiers moved up a spot this week in the the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and now sits 20th. The Hoosiers are ranked 22nd by the Associated Press.
    Date USA Today/ESPN Associated Press
    11/12 20th 22nd
    11/5 21st 22nd
    The preseason No. 22 ranking in the Associated Press poll is Indiana's top AP preseason ranking since 1998 when the Hoosiers were ranked 22nd.

    New Year Means Newton Shines
    Jeff Newton has scored more points than any other current Hoosier in season openers as he scored 11 points in each of his first two career season-openers connecting on 10-of-17 shots from the field.
    In Season Openers
    Jeffries 15.0 ppg 5.0 rpg
    Newton 11.0 ppg 4.0 rpg
    Hornsby 9.0 ppg 4.0 rpg
    Coverdale 7.0 ppg 8.0 apg
    Fife 5.3 ppg 2.3 apg
    Odle 2.0 ppg 4.0 rpg

    Against the 49ers
    Four current Hoosiers netted double-digit scoring against Charlotte last season. Jared Jeffries led the way with 19 points while Jeff Newton recorded his only career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
    Against Charlotte
    Jeffries 19.0 ppg 6.0 rpg
    Coverdale 13.0 ppg 6.0 apg
    Newton 13.0 ppg 10.0 apg
    Hornsby 10.0 ppg 2.0 rpg
    Fife 2.0 ppg 3.0 rpg

    Success Against Conference USA
    Indiana is 53-19 all-time against Conference USA competition. the Hoosiers have won the last five contests against teams from Conference USA with the last loss coming to DePaul (84-82) in 1995.

    Indiana in November
    The Hoosiers own an all-time mark of 49-20 in November with a 6-5 road record in the month.

    Winning Ways in North Carolina
    Indiana is 16-6 (.727) all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina and has never lost (8-0) to a team other than North Carolina or Duke from the state.

    Indiana 98, Nike Elite 76
    Indiana closed out its exhibition season with a 98-76 victory over Nike Elite. All five Indiana starters scored in double digits led by Tom Coverdale's 18 points. Dane Fife chipped in 15 points (his career-high is 15 points) while Jeff Newton added 14. Jared Jeffries tallied 13 points and Kyle Hornsby hit for 12.

    Indiana 105, Athletes in Action 59
    Indiana opened its exhibition season with a convincing 105-59 victory over Athletes in Action. Jared Jeffries led the way for the Hoosiers as he tallied 23 points and eight rebounds. A total of five Indiana players scored in double figures including Jeff Newton (17 points, 8 rebounds), Jarrad Odle (16 points, 6 rebounds), Kyle Hornsby (14 points) and Donald Perry (10 points).

    Draining the Three
    Indiana hit 13 three-pointers against Nike Elite and 11 against Athletes in Action. The Hoosiers shot .585 (24-of- 41) from behind the arc in exhibition play. The 13 three-pointers would have ranked third on the IU single game record list while the 11 would sit in fifth.

    Three-Pointers Spell Victory
    Indiana is 11-1 all-time when either Kyle Hornsby, Tom Coverdale or Jared Jeffries connects on three or more three-pointers in a contest.

    Dishing it Out
    Tom Coverdale tallied 20 assists in IU's first two exhibition games. He led Indiana with 12 assists (his career high is 10) against Athletes in Action and committed just one turnover and had eight assists against Nike Elite.

    Road Warriors
    The Hoosiers open the regular season they will be logging their frequent flyer miles. Indiana opens the 2001-2002 campaign on November 18 at Charlotte. The Hoosiers return home following the game and promptly depart for Alaska on Tuesday, November 20. They will take part in the Great Alaska Shootout November 21-24 (three games) and return home on November 25. Then just two days later it is back on the road and back to North Carolina, this time to face the Tar Heels on November 28. The road swing finally comes to an end with game number six on December 1 at Southern Illinois.
    The six-game road swing covering 14 days will encompass over 8,600 miles.
    The last time the Hoosiers opened a season with six in a row on the road came in 1994-95. Indiana traveled to the Maui Classic, Notre Dame, faced Evansville in Indianapolis and Kentucky in Louisville before opening their home season on December 9. They posted a 2-4 mark and finished the season with a 19-12 overall mark and an 11-7 record in conference play, good for third place in the Big Ten standings.

    Double Digit Scoring
    Player No. of 10+ point games IU Record
    Jeffries 29 19-10
    Coverdale 19 14-5
    Newton 17 13-4
    Hornsby 13 10-3
    Fife 10 6-4
    Moye 2 1-1

    Double Digit Rebounding
    Player No. of 10+ rebound games IU Record
    Jeffries 4 3-1
    Newton 2 1-1
    Hornsby 1 1-0
    Looking for 10+ from Newton/Coverdale
    Indiana won all six games in which Jeff Newton scored in double digits last year.. The Hoosiers have also won the last five games in which Tom Coverdale has scored in double digits.

    Injury Update
    Mike Roberts suffered a chipped bone in his right ankle on October 31 and is expected to be out for another 2-3 weeks.

    Climbing the Points Scored List
    Three current Hoosiers rank among IU's top 100 all-time scorers.
    87. Charles Hall 501 1960-62
    88. Bob Armstrong 483 1947-49
    89. Chris Reynolds 480 1990-93
    90. Winston Morgan 478 1982-86
    91. Jack Johnson 461 1965-67
    92. Jared Jeffries 460
    93. Jamal Meeks 445 1989-92
    94. Max Walker 424 1964-66
    95. Jim Wisman 420 1975-78
    96. Dane Fife 415
    97. Albert Kravolansky 415 1945-47
    98. Larry Richardson 411 1997-99
    99. Jeff Newton 398
    100. William Johnson 397 1937-39
    Closing In
    Tom Coverdale 373
    Kyle Hornsby 281

    Coverdale Closing in on Top 20 Assists
    Tom Coverdale needs just 28 more assists to crack IU's top 20 all-time career assist list. His current career pace would have him with 333 assists at the end of this season which would rank 12th. At this same pace he would conclude his career with 496 assists which would rank third behind Quinn Buckner (542) and Michael Lewis (545).
    15. Lyndon Jones 306 1988-91
    16. Greg Graham 304 1990-93
    17. Neil Reed 285 1995-97
    18. Calbert Cheaney 227 1990-93
    19. Mike Woodson 220 1997-98
    20. Keith Smart 198 1987-88
    Closing In
    Tom Coverdale 170

    Fife Stealing a Piece of History
    Dane Fife currently ranks ninth on IU's all-time career steals list with 127. His current career pace would place him second all-time just seven steals behind Steve Alford (178)
    1. Steve Alford 178 1984-87
    2. Greg Graham 151 1990-93
    3. Alan Henderson 148 1992-95
    4. Mike Woodson 142 1977-80
    5. Isiah Thomas 136 1980-81
    6. Chris Reynolds 135 1990-93
    7. Damon Bailey 132 1991-94
    8. A.J. Guyton 128 1997-00
    9. Dane Fife 127

    Newton Swatting up the Ladder
    Jeff Newton's 105 career blocked shots ranks 7th on the all-time list. His current career pace would have him finishing second on the all-time list just three blocks behind Alan Henderson (213).
    1. Alan Henderson 213 1992-95
    2. Uwe Blab 196 1982-85
    3. Dean Garrett 192 1987-88
    4. Ray Tolbert 152 1978-81
    5. Eric Anderson 137 1989-92
    6. Andre Patterson 127 1989-92
    7. Jeff Newton 105




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