Dec. 2, 2011
|Stetson Hatters (4-3) at Indiana Hoosiers (7-0)
||Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
||4:30 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
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|| Members of the 1987 NCAA Championship team will be honored at halftime of the game. The first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica calendar poster from the championship season. An autograph session will take place between 3 and 4 p.m. for those with a game ticket. Fans will be limited to one item for autographs.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will host Stetson. The Hoosiers have started the season 7-0 for the first time since 2002-03 after winning at NC State, 86-75, on Wednesday night. A victory on Sunday would match that team's 8-0 start.
The Hoosiers return 93.3 percent of their scoring with 2,078 of 2,226 points returning.
The 1987 NCAA Championship is enjoying a reunion this weekend and will be honored at halftime to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the program's fifth title. Expected to our return are Steve Alford, Ricky Calloway, Steve Eyl, Tony Freeman, Dean Garrett, Jeff Oliphant, Todd Meier, David Minor, Joe Hillman, Brian Sloan, Keith Smart and Daryl Thomas.
The Hoosiers defeated No. 1 UNLV 97-93, in the national semifinals and Syracuse, 74-73 in the title game on a last second shot by junior Keith Smart.
Steve Alford and Todd Meier along with Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson (a team manager on the squad) were involved in organizing the reunion. The team will be recognized during Sunday's men's basketball game against Stetson which tips off at 4:30 p.m.
The first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica calendar poster from the championship season. An autograph session will take place between 3 and 4 p.m. for those with a game ticket. Fans will be limited to one item for autographs.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 225-162 all-time as a head coach and picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Minnesota last season, his first against ranked opponents at Indiana. 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.
Casey Alexander is in his first season as a collegiate head coach after spending the previous 16 seasons as an assistant at Belmont University.
With an 11-point victory over NC State, Indiana has won seven straight games by 10-points or more for the first time since the 1988-89 season. IU also won its first five games of the season by a margin of 20 points or more for the first time in program history.
With a 2-0 road record, IU and Clemson are the only BCS schools with two true road victories of 10 points or more.
Indiana has shot 52.4 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers are eighth in the nation in FG shooting, ninth in 3-point percentage and 10th in scoring (85.1).
Indiana is averaging 23.8 points per game off of turnovers and leads BCS schools with 22 free throws made per game and second in FT attempts at 29.8 per contest.
Freshman forward Cody Zeller has twice been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He leads the Hoosiers averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. He is leads the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 68.5 percent of his field goal attempts. He had 19 points and seven boards at NC State.
Junior forward Christian Watford had 16 points and nine rebounds at NC State. His three-pointer down the stretch gave IU the lead for good. He is averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Sophomore Will Sheehey scored a career-high 21 points in the Hoosiers' win against Butler. He is averaging 12.6 points, which is the highest among Big Ten non-starters.
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds and is shooting 50.8 percent from the floor. A lock down defender, he is second on the team with 13 steals.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.1 points and has made 13-of-23 long distance shots and is shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range during his career. Dating back to last year, he has made 52 straight free throws. He had 20 points and five assists at NC State.
Senior guard Verdell Jones III is averaging 9.0 points per game. He is ninth in the league in assists at 3.7 per game.