Nov. 20, 2012
|Georgetown (3-0) vs. No. 1 Indiana (4-0) Progressive Legends Classic
||Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012
||10 p.m. ET
||Brooklyn, N.Y. - Barclays Center (18,103)
||ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Andy Katz)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates); Sirius 94/XM191
||Indiana | Georgetown
||Indiana | Georgetown
| Social Media
|| @IndianaMBB | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will take on Georgetown in the championship of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Indiana advanced by beating Georgia, 66-53, and the Hoyas beat No. 13 UCLA, 78-70, on Monday evening. During its history, IU has won 56 regular season tournaments that required two wins or more. For the first time since the 1979-80 preseason and just 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 to 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 1,694 wins all-time.
The Hoosiers are 14-8 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. 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 have won their last two meetings against BIG EAST opponents defeating Pittsburgh in the Jimmy V Classic, 74-64, on Dec. 8, 2009 and Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic, 69-58, last season. IU has a 110-59 record all-time against the BIG EAST.
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 249-171 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.
John Thompson III is in his ninth season as the head coach at Georgetown and has posted a record of 187-82 with the Hoyas. For his career, he is in his 13th season with an overall mark of 255-124.
STATS TO WATCH
Senior guard Jordan Hulls has 18 assists to one turnover and freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell has 22 assists with just seven turnovers. After three games, the Hoosiers have a 16.7 rebounds per game edge on its opponents. The Hoosiers have had 40 rebounds in each of their first four games after having six games of 40 caroms or better in 2011-12. In the first three games of the tournament, sophomore Remy Abell is shooting 80.0 percent from the field, sophomore Cody Zeller is shooting 68.2 percent, junior Victor Oladipo 66.7 percent, and Hulls is knocking in 55.6 percent of his 3-pointers.
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. He also tallied 14 points against Georgia to give him 1,014 in his career, surpassing Jared Jeffries as the all-time leading scorer at IU that grew up in Bloomington. For his career, Hulls has made 44.3 percent of his 3-point field goals. His 187 triples are the seventh most among active players in the NCAA.