Nov. 25, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 16, 2011
Indiana Takes Down Evansville, 94-73
Box Score | Senior Verdell Jones III led five Hoosiers (3-0) in double-digit points with 17 as the Indiana men's basketball team defeated Evansville in a sold-out Ford Center, 94-73, on Nov. 16, 2011.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host in-state rival Evansville in the first of four Holiday Break games they will play this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a runner-up finish in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden, where they defeated Washington, 102-84, in the semifinals and lost to UConn, 59-58, in the championship game. The Hoosiers lead the series with Evansville, 8-0, and will play them for the third time in four seasons.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 61-17, which is second in the Big Ten (.787 winning pct.), 12-8 on the road, 22-14 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 38-3 at home (third in the nation in that time frame). Last year, Miami and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 279-179 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 61-17 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. In 2011-12, 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.
Marty Simmons is in his seventh season as the head coach at Evansville and has an overall record of 93-103 with the Purple Aces. Simmons was a member of the Indiana men's basketball team from 1983-85 and finished his collegiate playing career at Evansville.
SHEEHEY AND FERRELL EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
Senior Will Sheehey and sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell both earned All-Tournament honors at the 2K Sports Classic. Sheehey averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals in the four-game event. He also hit the game-tying and game-winning 3-pointer against LIU Brooklyn. Ferrell averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and had 24 points against Stony Brook and Washington. Ferrell also was named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List.
VONLEH ALSO EARNS HONORS
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He is averaging 12.8 points and is second in the Big Ten averaging 10.2 rebounds per game. Vonleh was the only player in the Big Ten to post double-doubles in each of the first four games of the season. He also leads all freshmen in rebounds per 40 minutes at 18.8 per game.
Entering this week, Indiana is third in the nation averaging 49.0 rebounds per game. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no team has made more free throws in the country during that span (1,487) than IU. The Hoosiers also are second in free throw attempts (1,982) and 3-point percentage (40.7), and fourth in field goal percentage (48.6) and sixth in scoring (78.7).
IN THE B1G
Entering this week, Indiana leads the Big Ten with 49.0 rebounds per game and a rebound margin of +16.3. The Hoosiers are second in scoring at 88.0 points per game. Individually, sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is second in the league in scoring (19.3) and freshman Noah Vonleh is second in rebounding (10.2).