No. 1/1 Hoosiers Take on Georgia in Progressive Legends Classic Semifinal
Nov. 16, 2012
THE OPENING TIP
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.
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.
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