Nov. 19, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will face Washington in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project. IU defeated LIU Brooklyn, 73-72, in the first game of the event Nov. 12 and Stony Brook, 90-74, on Nov. 17. The Hoosiers lead the series with the Huskies 2-1. Thursday marks the first meeting between the two teams since 1978. Connecticut and Boston College will play in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. The consolation game is Friday at 5 p.m., with the championship game scheduled to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. The Hoosiers are 32-20 against current members of the PAC-12 and last played a member of the conference in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when they faced UCLA in the round of 32.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 60-16, which is second in the Big Ten (.787 winning pct.), 12-8 on the road, 21-13 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 38-3 at home (third in the nation in that time frame). Last year, Miami and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 278-178 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 60-16 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. In 2011-12, 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.
Lorenzo Romar, in his 12th year at Washington, has amassed a 239-130 (.648) during his time in Seattle and owns an overall mark of 332-218 (.603) in 18 seasons. Romar has taken the Huskies to the NCAA tournament six times, including three Sweet 16 appearances.
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK/WOODEN WATCH
Freshmen Noah Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second straight week and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List. He is averaging 14.8 points and a Big Ten-best 12.5 rebounds per game. Vonleh was the only player in the Big Ten to post double-doubles in each of the first four games of the season. He leads all freshmen in the country averaging 20.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
SHEEHEY AND FERRELL STEP UP
Senior Will Sheehey had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals and hit the game-tying 3-pointer and the go-ahead triple in the one-point win over LIU Brooklyn. The lone four-year senior scholarship performer on the team is averaging 11.0 points per game, and hit a game-winning jumper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament against VCU. Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is coming off his best week as a Hoosier after averaging 22.3 points on 51.2 percent shooting from the field and 50.0 percent accuracy from long distance. He had a career-high 26 against Samford and then 24 vs. Stony Brook. He is no stranger to big shots having hit the game-tying 3-pointer against Butler last year to send the game into overtime.
Entering this week, Indiana is second in the nation averaging 52.3 rebounds per game and is fourth in the country in blocked shots, averaging 8.5 a contest. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no team has made more free throws in the country during that span (1441) than IU. The Hoosiers also are second in free throw attempts (1,924) and 3-point percentage (41.0), and third in field goal percentage (48.6) and sixth in scoring (78.7).