Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Tangle With Notre Dame At EA Sports Maui Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Tom Pritchard
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tom Pritchard
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 20, 2008

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    INDIANA (2-0) VS. #8/9 NOTRE DAME (1-0)
    25th Annual EA Sports Maui Invitational
    Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, 5:30 p.m. ET
    Lahaina (Hi.) Civic Center (2,400)
    Series Record: IU leads 47-20
    Last Meeting: Notre Dame 55, at IU 45 (12/8/04)

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    Indiana will make its fifth appearance in Maui when it participates in the 25th Annual EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Hoosiers also came to paradise in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. The Hoosiers are 8-4 all-time in the event and won the 2002 championship defeating Virginia, 70-63, in the tournament final. The Hoosiers also advanced to the title game in 1990 and 1998 where they lost to Syracuse each time. Coach Tom Crean will be making his second straight visit to Maui. Last year, his Marquette squad fell to Duke in the championship game, 77-73. The Golden Eagles defeated Chaminade, 74-63, and Oklahoma State, 91-61, to advance to the finals.

    IU leads the series, 47-20, but Notre Dame won the last meeting, 55-45 in Bloomington in 2004. The Hoosiers have won 16 of the last 19 matchups dating back to 1985. This will be the first regular season meeting outside the state of Indiana between the two teams. They have squared off three times in the NCAA Tournament outside the state in Chicago in 1953, in Iowa City in 1954, and in Lexington, Ky., in 1958.

    Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced teams in NCAA Division I history on the floor for the 2008-09 season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana will take the floor with seven new scholarship players, an outfielder from the baseball team and three additional walk-ons to start the season with Taber and Finkelmeier during the first semester.

    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 2-0 with the Hoosiers. 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. He is 5-3 all-time against Notre Dame after squaring off with the as a member of the Big East. Mike Brey is in his ninth year at Notre Dame and is 168-86.

    Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley was the head coach at Ball State in 2001 when the Cardinals defeated #3 Kansas and #4 UCLA in the Maui Invitational before falling to Duke in the championship game.

    The Hoosiers will play either Saint Joseph's (Pa.) or Texas on Tuesday, November 25. Following the tournament, IU will host Cornell on November 30.

    Freshman forward Tom Pritchard posted a double-double in his Hoosier debut against Northwestern State with 13 points and 10 rebounds. As an encore, Pritchard dropped in 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double to open the season. Pritchard becomes the first-ever freshman at IU to record double-doubles in his first two career games and the first person since Jared Jeffries in 2002 to post double-doubles in the first two games of a season.

    Pritchard is averaging 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a game through the first two games, placing him among the league leaders in the Big Ten. His scoring output places him in a tie for seventh in the conference while his rebounding prowess has him sitting at the top of the rebounding charts through two games.




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