Nov. 16, 2012
|Georgia (1-2) vs. No. 1 Indiana (3-0) Progressive Legends Classic
||Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
||5:30 p.m. ET
||Brooklyn, N.Y. - Barclays Center (18,103)
||ESPNU (Dan Shulman, Bob Knight and Andy Katz)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates); Sirius 93/XM190
||Indiana | Georgia
| Social Media
|| @IndianaMBB | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will travel to Brooklyn for the final two rounds of the Progressive Legends Classic and will face Georgia in the first semifinal. The games will be played at the new Barclay's Center with the other semifinal featuring Georgetown and UCLA.
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 1,693 wins all-time.
The Hoosiers are 13-8 in metro New York since 1972 and won the Jimmy V Classic in 1999 and 2009, the Preseason NIT in 1993 and 1997 and the ECAC Holiday Festival in 1975. Indiana has a 3-0 edge in the series with the Bulldogs having last met in New Orleans where the Hoosiers prevailed 74-52. IU and Georgetown have not met since 1979 when the Hoosiers avenged a 1978 defeat in Landover, Md. IU won 76-69 in Bloomington, while GU beat the Hoosiers 60-54. The Hoosiers and Bruins have split their 12 meetings with five of the last seven contests since 1973 coming in the postseason. UCLA won the last meeting, 54-49, in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The two teams have played each other in New York with UCLA winning the NIT title, 65-62, in 1985 in Madison Square Garden.
After seeing Hoosier legends Bill Garrett and the 1953 NCAA Championship team recognized in the first two games of this event in Bloomington, the program is honored to have its all-time winningest coach, Bob Knight, as part of the ESPN broadcast team in Brooklyn, which includes Dick Vitale, Dan Shulman and Andy Katz.
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 248-171 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.
Mark Fox is in his fourth season as the head coach at Georgia and has posted a record of 51-48. Prior to his arrival in Athens, he was 123-43 in five years at Nevada, giving him a career head coaching record of 174-91.
STATS TO WATCH
Senior guard Jordan Hulls has 14 assists to one turnover and freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell has 17 assists with just six turnovers. Freshman Jeremy Hollowell (10.0) and sophomore Remy Abell (9.7) have made an early mark. Senior Christian Watford had 23 points in a reserve role against Sam Houston State. After three games, the Hoosiers have a 17.0 rebound per game edge on its opponents. The Hoosiers have made 81 free throws in three games after attempting 80 in the first three games in 2011-12. Last year, IU led all Big Six Conference teams making 18.2 charity tosses per game.
HULLS NOTCHES MILESTONE
Senior Jordan Hulls became the 44th member of the 1,000 point club at Indiana with 10 points against Sam Houston State. Teammate Christian Watford is currently 25th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,331 points. For his career, Hulls has made 44.3 percent of his 3-point field goals. His 183 triples are the seventh most among active players in the NCAA. With nine more points, he will surpass Jared Jeffries (1,008) as the Hoosiers all-time leading scorer who grew up in Bloomington.