Dec. 3, 2010
SAVANNAH STATE (1-8) at INDIANA (6-1)
Saturday, December 4 6 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: First Meeting
TV: ESPNU (Jim Barbar and Tim McCormick)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)
Live Stats: Gametracker or on Twitter @IUShanaDan
Complete Indiana Game Notes
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball and will look to improve to 7-0 at home this season when it hosts Savannah State on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Hoosiers are coming off an 88-76 loss on the road at Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Savannah State lost 41-39 at home to Fairfield, Thursday night.
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 212-143 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.
Horace Broadnax is in his sixth season as the head coach at Savannah State and has compiled a overall record of 53-94 with the Tigers. Prior to taking over at Savannah State, Broadnax was the head coach at Bethune-Cookman for five years and was 42-89, to give him a career record of 95-182.
The Hoosiers are second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage making 49.9 percent of its field goal attempts and second in rebound margin (+7.9) and rebound defense (29.4 percent).
Indiana shot 63.0 percent in the second half against Boston College and 64.7 percent in the second half against Northwestern State. The Hoosiers also shot 60.9 percent in the second half against Wright State on Nov. 14.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 133 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 867 career points and has averaged 13.1 points for his career.
Indiana shot 50.9 percent from the floor at Boston College, the first time they had shot over 50 percent in a road game since March 8, 2009, at Wisconsin (54.1 percent).
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.
Sophomore Christian Watford is fifth in the Big Ten averaging 18.3 points per game after scoring 23 against Boston College, his road game career-high. He is eighth in the league in free throw percentage (84.2) and has made a league-high 42 free throws in 50 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (53.6 percent), seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.14) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (2.0)
Sophomore Maurice Creek has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time since return from a broken knee cap he suffered last year. He had 14 points against Northwestern State and 15 points against Boston College.
The Hoosiers return to action Saturday, Dec. 11, when they travel to Kentucky for a 5:15 ET matchup on ESPN.
A GLANCE AT SAVANNAH STATE
Savannah State is now 1-8 after a 41-39 loss at home Thursday night against Fairfield. This will be its seventh road game of the season. They also lost at Dayton, 61-59, and at Cincinnati, 64-51. Jovonni Shuler is their top scoring threat averaging 18.0 points per game and Preston Blackmon is averaging 11.3 points an outing.