Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Host Maryland In Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Go Hoosiers! Derek Elston
    Go Hoosiers!
    Derek Elston
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 29, 2009

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    INDIANA (3-3) vs. MARYLAND (4-2)
    Tuesday, Dec. 1 • 7:30 p.m. ET
    Bloomington, Ind. • Assembly Hall (17,357)
    Series Record: IU Leads, 5-1
    Last meeting: 12-/3/02, IU wins 80-74 in Indianapolis
    TV: ESPN2 (Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and is matched up with Maryland as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Hoosiers put up 90 points in a win over Northwestern State on Saturday while Maryland went 1-2 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. They picked up a victory over Chaminade before falling to Cincinnati and Wisconsin in their final two games. The game in Bloomington will mark the first true road game of the season for the Terrapins and first time in five meetings since 1934 that the teams have met on either school's home court. Fans are encouraged to wear white to create a "White Out" effect on the nationally televised game.

    Indiana is 3-5 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and 28-18 all-time against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    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 one win to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10-plus-season career and has a 199-124 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. Gary Williams has an overall record of 629-359 in his 32nd season as a head coach. He is 422-231 in his 21st season leading the Terps. He started his head coaching career with four years at American followed by four years at Boston College and three years at Ohio State before taking over Maryland to start the 1989-90 season. Williams also won an NCAA National Championship in 2002.

    Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten Conference averaging 16.3 points per game. He is ranked seventh in the league in that category. He also leads league rookies with 14 three-point field goals made and 10 steals. Freshman Christian Watford is tops among freshmen in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.3) and ranks eighth in the league overall in boardsmanship. He also is the top freshman free throw shooter making 82.8 percent of his attempts. Guard Verdell Jones III is the top scoring sophomore averaging 12.3 points per game and he leads second-year players in steals at 1.7 per game.

    Through six games, the Hoosiers are averaging 74.3 points and shooting a Big Ten best 40.3% from three-point range. Last year at this time, IU was averaging 66.7 points and was shooting just 28.3% from long distance after three home games and three tournament games.

    The Hoosiers will travel to Madison Square Garden in New York for a meeting with Pittsburgh at 9:00 p.m., December 8, as part of the Jimmy V Classic.




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