Nov. 30, 2012
|Coppin State (1-5) vs. No. 1/1 Indiana (7-0)
||Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
||7:30 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
||BTN (Eric Collins, Sean Harrington and Kara Lentz)
|| IU Radio Network (Affiliates); Sirius 139/XM 194
||Indiana | Coppin State
||Indiana | Coppin State
| Social Media
|| @IndianaMBB | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 113th season of college basketball and will host Coppin State on Saturday. This will be the second time the two teams have met. In December of 2007, the Hoosiers defeated the Eagles, 73-46 in Assembly Hall, about 14 hours after Coppin had lost to Tom Crean's Marquette team in Milwaukee the evening before. For the first time since the 1979-80 preseason and just for the third time in school history (1975-76), the Indiana men's basketball team started the season as the top ranked team in the country. Indiana was also picked by the Big Ten media to win the conference championship.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his fifth year with the Hoosiers. In just five years, he has taken over a program that returned 36 career points among two walk-ons and built a team that was ranked No. 1 in the country this preseason. He is 252-171 all-time as a head coach and has seven wins over nationally ranked foes in the last two-plus seasons. Crean was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN's Jason King, and Big Ten Coach of the Year by the Sporting News.
Ron "Fang" Mitchell is in his 27th season as the head coach at Coppin State. He has a career record of 410-378 with the Eagles and has led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament four times.
The Hoosiers are 9-0 all-time against the MEAC. The Hoosiers have wins over two nationally ranked teams, No. 14 North Carolina and No. 20 Georgetown. Indiana is second in the nation in point differential (+31.1), fifth in scoring (88.7), seventh in rebounding margin (+13.1), and 11th in field goal percentage (51.0). The Hoosiers also lead the Big Ten in defense (56.7), free throw percentage (74.0), field goal defense (35.9), and are second in 3-point field goal defense (26.7), assists (16.4), steals (8.3) and turnover margin (+3.9).
Senior Jordan Hulls is leading the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (3.1) and in assist/turnover ratio (31/5). He also is third in assists (4.4). Sophomore Remy Abell leads the league with 8 triples made in 10 attempts. Junior Victor Oladipo leads in field goal percentage (64.7) and is fourth in steals (3.1). Sophomore Cody Zeller is second in the league in rebounding (7.7), sixth in scoring (15.9), and third in field goal percentage (63.5). Freshman Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is second in assists (5.0), and senior Christian Watford is fourth in the league in rebounding (7.6).
SHEEHEY IS HOT
Junior Will Sheehey is averaging 19 points and shooting 76.2 percent from the field in his last two games. He had 19 points and five rebounds against North Carolina and made 8-of-9 field goal attempts and scored 19 points in 19 minutes against Ball State. He had six rebounds and two assists.
It's doubtful that you could find a player who has had more of an impact on a college basketball program over the last two seasons than sophomore Cody Zeller of Indiana. Since he joined the starting lineup, Indiana is 34-9 for a .791 winning percentage and the Hoosiers lead all Big Six Conference school's in field goal percentage (49.5 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.7 percent) and free throw percentage (75.9 percent).
The Hoosiers have the top offense in the country and the seventh-best defense in the nation according to kenpom.com.