Dec. 5, 2009
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INDIANA (3-4) vs. PITTSBURGH (7-1)
Jimmy V Classic
Tuesday, Dec. 8 9:00 p.m. ET
New York City Madison Square Garden (19,763)
Series Record: Pitt leads, 4-3
Last meeting: 3/23/03, Pitt won, 74-52 in Boston
TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Doris Burke)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
JIMMY V CLASSIC
The Indiana University men's basketball team will face Pittsburgh in the second game of the 2009 Jimmy V Classic in New York's Madison Square Garden. Butler will face Georgetown in the opening contest at 7 p.m., This is the 15th Annual Classic, with Indiana making its second appearance in the event (1999). IU defeated North Carolina, 82-73, in E. Rutherford, N.J., in the 1999 Classic.
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will play its 20th game in historic Madison Square Garden. IU is 11-8 all-time at MSG. The Hoosiers won the 1979 NIT and 1992 and 1996 Preseason NIT's in this facility. The Hoosiers are coming off a tough 80-68 loss at home to Maryland as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Panthers enter the game with a 7-1 record, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Texas. On Friday, they defeated New Hampshire, 47-32. The meeting between the two teams is the first since March 23, 2003, in the NCAA Tournament - a game won by Pitt, 74-52 in Boston. It is just the second time in the last 68 years that the Hoosiers and Panthers have met. IU has a 108-59 record all-time against the Big East
CREAN LOOKS FOR WIN #200
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his second year with the Hoosiers. He needs one win to reach the 200-win plateau in his 10-plus-season career and has a 199-125 record. 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. His 2009 recruiting class was ranked among the top 10 in the country. At Marquette, he had a 5-3 record against the Panthers. Crean also was a member of Ralph Willard's staff at Pitt in 1994-95. Jamie Dixon is in his seventh season as the head coach at Pitt and has compiled a 170-46 record. He as won at least 20 games in each of his previous six seasons and on two occasions has surpasses the 30-win mark in a season (2003-04 and 2008-09).
TWO OF THE TOP FROSH IN THE BIG TEN
Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer (seventh overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 16.7 points per game. He also leads league rookies with 17 three-point field goals made and is second with 11 steals. Freshman Christian Watford is tops among freshmen in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.7) and ranks ninth in the league overall in boardsmanship. He also is the top freshman free throw shooter making 80.6 percent of his attempts and is second in scoring at 12.6 points per game.
Through seven games, the Hoosiers are averaging 73.4 points and shooting 36.9 percent from three-point range, which is second in the Big Ten. Last year at this time, IU was averaging 65.4 points and was shooting just 28.8 percent from long distance after seven games.
Indiana will begin a string of four non-conference home games before the start of the Big Ten season with a matchup against No. 5/4 Kentucky Saturday, December 12, at Noon on CBS.