Nov. 25, 2009
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INDIANA (2-3) vs. NORTHWESTERN STATE (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 28 3:30 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: IU Leads, 1-0
Last meeting: 11/15/08, IU wins 83-65 in Bloomington
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Werme and John Laskowski)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will face Northwestern State University at Assembly Hall for the second straight year. IU will be looking to get back on track at home after just coming up short in three games at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tipoff last weekend. NSU sits at 2-1 on the year with wins over East Texas Baptist (77-54) and Houston Baptist (92-61) and a loss on the road at Texas Tech (94-75).
AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Indiana is 2-0 all-time in games against teams from the Southland Conference and is 1-0 against Northwestern State thanks to an 83-65 win in Bloomington on Nov. 15, 2008. The other victory was against Nicholls State in 2005.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He needs two wins to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10-plus-season career and has a 198-124 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. Mike McConathy has an overall record of 157-156 as he is in his 11th year as Demons head coach. Northwestern State has been his only stop as a head coach and was highlighted by a 26-8 record during the 2005-06 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten Conference averaging 16.2 points per game. He is ranked sixth in the league in that category. He also leads league rookies with 12 three-point field goals made. Freshman Christian Watford is tops among freshmen in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.8) and ranks eighth in the league overall in boardsmanship. He also is the top freshman free throw shooter making 81.0 percent of his attempts. Guard Verdell Jones III is the top scoring sophomore averaging 13.2 points per game and he leads second-year players in steals at 2.0 per game.
MAIN LEVEL TICKETS AVAILABLE SATURDAY
Main Level seats are still available for Saturday's game against Northwestern State. Fans may purchase a Holiday Four-Pack and receive four main level tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes and four popcorns. For more information contact the IU Athletics Ticket Office at 866-IU Sports or visit IUHoosiers.com.
COACH CREAN WELCOMES CAMOUFLAGE KIDS
IU Head Coach Tom Crean will welcome a group of more than 200 from military families across Indiana to Saturday's game as part of the Camouflage Kids program. The program was founded by Ray Stults and Jeff Nix, a former executive with the New York Knicks.
The Hoosiers will host #25 Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday night in Assembly Hall. The contest will be a rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game.