Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Take On Ole Miss At O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff

    Go Hoosiers! Coach Tom Crean
    Go Hoosiers!
    Coach Tom Crean
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 17, 2009

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    O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff
    INDIANA (2-0) vs. OLE MISS (2-0)
    Thursday, November 19 • 5:00 p.m. ET
    Coliseo de Puerto Rico (San Juan, P.R.)
    Series Record: First Meeting
    TV: ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi and Hubert Davis)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray and Todd Leary)

    Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will face Ole Miss in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday. IU is 2-0 for the third straight year and for the fifth time in six seasons after beating USC Upstate, 69-61, Monday night. Ole Miss is 2-0 after defeating Alabama State at home, 90-53 also on Monday. The Hoosiers will play Kansas State or Boston University on Friday depending on the outcome of Thursday's matchup with the Rebels. Villanova, George Mason, Dayton and Georgia Tech comprise the other half of the bracket.

    Indiana has a 52-34 all-time record against SEC schools. Ole Miss is the only SEC team IU has never faced. Excluding Kentucky, Indiana is 29-5 against the league.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is entering his second year with the Hoosiers. He needs two wins to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10+ season career and has a 198-121 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Andy Kennedy is 63-39 in three years at Ole Miss and is 84-52 in four years of Division I head coaching experience after spending one year at the University of Cincinnati before joining the Rebels.

    The Hoosiers will be making their first appearance in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff. Through the years, Indiana has a 157-37 record in regular season tournament events. Among their numerous titles, the Hoosiers captured the 2002 EA Sports Maui Invitational and 1992 and 1996 Preseason NIT titles. Indiana also won the 1975 Rainbow Classic, 1976 Sugar Bowl Tournament and 1977 Gator Bowl Classic. Their last championship game appearance came in 2007 at the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Last year, IU was in the Maui Invitational.




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