Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Hit the Road For Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Boston College

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    Nov. 29, 2010

    INDIANA (6-0) at BOSTON COLLEGE (4-2)
    Wednesday, December 1 • 7:15 p.m. ET
    Silvio O. Conte Forum - 8,606 (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
    SERIES RECORD: IU trails 2-1
    TV: ESPNU (Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)
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    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball and will play its first road game of the season at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge when it plays Boston College.. The Hoosiers are 6-0 for the first time in Coach Tom Crean's tenure with the Hoosiers after beating Northwestern State, 100-66, on Friday night. Boston College is 4-2 after finishing third at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando where they beat California on Sunday, 68-46.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 212-142 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.

    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.

    QUICK HITS
    BC holds a 2-1 edge in the series having defeated Indiana, 64-51, in the 1996 NCAA Tournament and 77-68, in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Indiana's lone victory came 72-66, in Indianapolis in December, 1983.

    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 will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.

    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
    Boston College enters play on Wednesday against the Hoosiers with a 4-2 record after picking up a pair of wins at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando over the holiday weekend. Reggie Jackson leads the Eagles in scoring at 17.7 per contest while also grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. Corey Raji is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Joe Trapani is the third BC player in double figures scoring with 13.0. Boston College has turned the ball over just 52 times in their six games but have forced just 73.

    WATFORD OFF TO GOOD START
    Sophomore forward Christian Watford is fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.0) and eighth in the league in rebounds (7.0) and is the only Hoosier to score in double figures in each of the first six games. He posted 17 points and seven rebounds against Northwestern State after he led IU with 17 points and four assists against NCCU.

    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
    Junior guard Verdell Jones III led the Hoosiers with 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the win over Northwestern State. He also made 10 of 11 free throws in that game and was seven of 11 from the floor.

    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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