Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Take on Butler Sunday in Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Victor Oladipo
    Go Hoosiers!
    Victor Oladipo
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 25, 2011

    Butler Bulldogs (3-2) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-0)
     Date Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011
     Time 7 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall - 17,472)
     Television BTN (Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 128/XM 190
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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will host the Butler Bulldogs in the fourth game of the Hoosier Invitational. The Hoosiers are 5-0 for the second straight year and are coming off a 73-49 win over Gardner-Webb on Monday night. The Bulldogs defeated Gardner-Webb, 68-66, on Wednesday.

    Including exhibition games, this will be the seventh game in 26 days during the month of November to start the season. The Hoosiers play their second road contest of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 30, travelling to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the NC State Wolfpack as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

    The Hoosiers return 93.3 percent of their scoring with 2,078 of 2,226 points returning.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 223-162 all-time as a head coach and picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Minnesota last season, his first against ranked opponents at Indiana. 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.

    Brad Stevens is in his fifth year as the head coach at Butler. He has an overall record of 120-27 with the Bulldogs and has led them to the title game of the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons.

    QUICK HITS
    Indiana has won its first five games of the season by a margin of 20 points or more for the first time in program history.

    Indiana has shot 55.4 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from 3-point range and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are second in the nation and lead the Big Ten in field goal shooting.

    Indiana is averaging 23.8 points per game off of turnovers.

    Freshman forward Cody Zeller has twice been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He leads the Hoosiers averaging 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. He leads the Big Ten and is second in the nation in field goal percentage making 80.6 percent of his field goal attempts.

    Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds and is shooting 57.1% from the floor. He had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals against Gardner-Webb.

    Sophomore Will Sheehey has scored a career-high 15 points in back-to back game and is averaging 11.8 points off the bench, which is the second highest among Big Ten non-starters.

    Junior Christian Watford is averaging 10.2 points and leads the Big Ten in free throw percentage making 12-of-13 charity tosses (92.3).

    Senior guard Verdell Jones III is averaging 10.8 points per game. He is fourth in the league in assists at 4.6 per game.

    Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 8.8 points and has made 8-of-16 long distance shots and is shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range during his career. Dating back to last year, he has made 45 straight free throws.

    Junior Derek Elston has been another solid performer off the bench and he had 10 points and nine boards against Gardner-Webb. He is shooting 68.0 percent from the field.

     

     


       

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