Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers To Take On Saint Joseph's At Maui Classic.

    Go Hoosiers! Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!
    Verdell Jones III
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 25, 2008

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    INDIANA (2-1) VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S (1-2)
    25th Annual EA Sports Maui Invitational
    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, 1:30 p.m. ET
    Lahaina (Hi.) Civic Center (2,400)
    Series Record: IU leads 2-1
    Last Meeting: Indiana 81, St. Joseph's 44 (12/15/84)

    Coverage ESPNU (Dave Barnett and Jimmy Dykes)
    IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is making 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 8-5 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, 2-1, and won the last two meetings. The most recent meeting came in 1984 when the Hoosiers easily defeated the Hawks, 81-44, in Bloomington.

    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 2-1 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. This will be the first time Crean has faced Saint Joseph's as a head coach. Hawks head coach Phil Martelli is in his 14th year at Saint Joseph's and is 262-154.

    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 Chaminade or Alabama on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Following the tournament, IU will host Cornell on November 30.




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