Hoosiers Host Hatters On Sunday
Dec. 2, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
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.
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 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.
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