Nov. 24, 2012
|Ball State (2-1) vs. No. 1 Indiana (5-0)
||Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
||6 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
||BTN (Chris Denari and Shon Morris)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates); Sirius 132
||Indiana | Ball State
||Indiana | Ball State
| Social Media
|| @IndianaMBB | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will host in-state rival Ball State. The Hoosiers hold a 19-1 edge in the series and will play the Cardinals for the first time since Dec. 30, 2006. For the first time since the 1979-80 preseason and just for 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 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 1,695 wins all-time.
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 250-171 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.
Billy Taylor is in his sixth season as the head coach at Ball State and has a record of 71-85 with the Cardinals. Prior to Ball State, Taylor was the head coach at Lehigh and posted an 81-69 mark, giving him a career record of 152-154 as a head coach
HOOSIERS ARE LEGENDS
Indiana won the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic with an 82-72 overtime win over Georgetown, Tuesday night in Brooklyn. The Hoosiers had defeated Georgia, 66-53, in the tournament semifinals a day earlier. IU also defeated North Dakota State, 87-61, and Sam Houston State, 99-45, in regional rounds in Bloomington. Senior Jordan Hulls was named Classic MVP after averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He also shot 54.2 percent from 3-point range making 13-of-24 long distance shots. Sophomore All-American Cody Zeller was named All-Tournament after averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds despite battling asthmatic bronchitis in the four games. Senior Christian Watford averaged 13.3 points and shot 63.6% from three-point range and junior Victor Oladipo chipped in 12.0 per game and shot 69.2% from the floor.
The Hoosiers are 71-12 all-time against the Mid-American Conference. The last time the Hoosiers faced a MAC school was the last meeting with Ball State, a 71-57 win on December 30, 2006. Indiana leads the nation in free throws made per game (24.8) and free throw attempts per game (33.6). The Hoosiers are the top offensive team in the Big Ten averaging 86.2 points per game, which ranks ninth in the country. Indiana is the top rebounding defense team in the league (26.6) and lead in rebound margin (+14.4) and scoring margin (+29.2). Hulls leads the Big Ten averaging 3.2 three-point field goals made per game. Nine Hoosiers are averaging 11.1 minutes or more. Hulls (87.7), Watford (82.5) and sophomore Remy Abell (80.4) all are shooting better than 80 percent from the free throw line during their career's.