Hoosiers Hit the Road For Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Boston College
Nov. 29, 2010
INDIANA (6-0) at BOSTON COLLEGE (4-2)
THE OPENING TIP
Steve Donahue is in his first season as head coach at Boston College. He had spent the previous ten seasons as the head coach at Cornell where he led the Big Red to 20-win seasons in each of his last three years. Two seasons ago, he brought Cornell into Assembly Hall where they were defeated by the Hoosiers, 72-57.
A victory would give Indiana a 7-0 start for the first time since the 2002-03 season when they started 8-0.
Indiana is 3-6 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and 28-19 all-time against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
With Friday's win over Northwestern State, the Hoosiers are 41-1 in Assembly Hall in November dating back to a 75-64 loss to Louisville on Nov. 24, 1984. The only loss in that time was 75-67 loss to Duke on Nov. 30, 2005 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense at 36.6 percent and steals at 9.0. The Hoosiers also are the top rebounding team in the league with a +10.0 margin. The Hoosiers also are second in the league in field goal percentage at 49.7 percent and three-point field goal percentage at 39.6 percent.
Sophomore Christian Watford is fifth in the Big Ten averaging 17.0 points and eighth in the league at 7.0 rebounds. He is sixth in the league in free throw percentage (85.4) and has made a league-high 35 free throws in 41 attempts. Junior Verdell Jones III is averaging 14.2 points per game and has now scored 856 career points. Sophomore Maurice Creek is contributing 11.3 points.
The Hoosiers return to action Saturday evening when they host Savannah State at 6 p.m., on ESPNU.
A GLANCE AT BOSTON COLLEGE
WATFORD OFF TO GOOD START
He also posted his fifth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wright State and had 18 points and nine rebounds against Mississippi Valley State. He posted a career-high 24 points and four assists in the season opening win against FGCU He also leads the team in free throw percentage (86.1) and has made 35 of 41 charity tosses, both Big Ten high's. Watford was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team a year ago after averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds.
JONES HOT AGAIN
He had 18 points, three assists and three steals in the win over Evansville. He made seven of 10 of his field goal attempts. The previous Sunday, he stepped up in a big way against Wright State scoring 27 points and adding six rebounds and three steals. He made 11 of 14 field goal attempts and both of his long distance calls. He now has scored 856 career points.
An honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2010, he averaged 14.9 points last season and missed more than two weeks of practice with an ankle injury prior to the season opener against Florida Gulf Coast. He leads the team with 12 steals and for his career is averaging 13.2 points per game.
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