Nov. 24, 2010
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NORTHWESTERN STATE (3-2) at INDIANA (5-0)
Friday, Nov. 26 7:30 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: IU leads 2-0
TV: BigTenNetwork.com (Dave Leno and Adam Ahlfeld)
RADIO: IU Radio Network: (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)
Live Stats: GameTracker
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball and will play the final of six straight home games when it hosts the finale of a six-game homestand against Northwestern (La.) State. The Hoosiers are 5-0 for the first time in Coach Tom Crean's tenure with the Hoosiers after beating North Carolina Central, 72-56, on Tuesday night. Northwestern State is coming off an 83-70 win at Centenary on Monday night. This will be the third straight year the teams have met. IU won 83-65 in 2008 and 90-72 last season.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 211-142 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.
Mike McConathy, in his 12th season as head coach at Northwestern State, has compiled a 169-176 overall record. His best two seasons came in 2004-05 and 2005-06 when the posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
A victory would give Indiana a 6-0 start for the first time since the 2002-03 season when they started 8-0.
The Hoosiers are 40-1 in Assembly Hall in November dating back to a 75-64 loss to Louisville on Nov. 24, 1984. The only loss in that time was 75-67 loss to Duke on Nov. 30, 2005 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (53.6) and steals (8.60).
The Hoosiers have held five straight opponents to 60 points or less in five wins for the first time since February March 2001 (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois).
Sophomore Christian Watford is sixth in the Big Ten averaging 17.6 points and 12th in the league at 7.0 rebounds. He is ninth in the league in free throw percentage (86.1) and has made a league-high 31 free throws in 36 attempts. Junior Verdell Jones III is averaging 12.2 points per game and Maurice Creek is contributing 10.8 points,
The Hoosiers return to action Wednesday evening, December 4, at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge when they visit Boston College for a 7:15 contest on ESPNU.