Dec. 9, 2008
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INDIANA (4-4) vs. TCU (7-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 8:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: Indiana leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Indiana 81, TCU 65 (12/27/93)
TV: ESPN2 (Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana and TCU will meet for the third time since 1950 when the squads hook up for a nationally televised game on Wednesday night. IU has won both of the two previous meetings, 87-68 in December 1950 in Bloomington and 81-65 in December 1993 in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers are coming off a 70-54 loss to #5 Gonzaga at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Horned Frogs have won six straight games.
NON-CONFERENCE AND THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Indiana is 182-18 (.907) all-time in Assembly Hall against non-conference opposition, including 3-0 this season. The Hoosiers also hold a 12-1 all-time record against schools currently in the Mountain West Conference. The lone blemish on the Hoosiers' record against a MWC foe was at the 1994 Maui Invitational, when they fell to Utah, 77-72.
BIG TEN FROSH
Freshman Tom Pritchard is the top freshman thus far in the Big Ten. He is the top rookie scorer (14.0) and rebounder (7.4) and is second in field goal percentage (59.7). Overall, he is the top offensive rebounder in the league averaging 3.5 per game. He had six offensive boards against Gonzaga. Freshman Daniel Moore is the top frosh in steals (1.38) and is second in assists (3.63). Fellow rookie Matt Roth is ranked third among freshmen in three-point field goals made (1.75) and three-point field goal percentage (41.2%). Six of the top seven scorers for the Hoosiers are true freshmen.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 4-4 with the Hoosiers. 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. He was 2-4 against TCU when both were members of Conference USA. Jim Christian is in his first year with the Horned Frogs and is 6-3 at TCU. He was 138-58 in six seasons as the head coach at Kent State. He was 0-1 against a Tom Crean-coached Marquette squad during his time at KSU. Crean and Christian worked together at Western Kentucky in the early 1990's and Christian was in Crean's wedding party.
The Hoosiers will visit Kentucky on Saturday, December 13, at 4 p.m. The game will be shown on CBS. Indiana will then take a nine-day break for final exams.
A LONG ROAD
After Saturday's game at Kentucky the Hoosiers will have played six games away from Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers didn't play their sixth game away from home last year until January 17th at Minnesota, their 16th game of the season.