Dec. 9, 2013
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Oakland University, out of the Horizon League, looking to extend its 35-game non-conference home court winning streak. The Hoosiers are coming off an 89-68 victory over North Florida. Oakland has won two games in a row after beating Ohio, 73-56, on Saturday night. They have also played at North Carolina, UCLA, California and Gonzaga this season.
The Hoosiers had a season-high 17 assists and a season-low 11 turnovers against North Florida on Saturday.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 63-18 (.777 winning pct.), 12-9 on the road, 22-15 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 41-3 at home (second most wins in the nation in that time frame). Last year, Miami (FL) and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 281-180 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 63-18 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13, he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. Greg Kampe is in his 30th season as the head coach at Oakland. He is 508-373 and has the third longest tenure of any Division I coach in the country behind Jim Boeheim of Syracuse (38th Year) and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (34th Year).
VONLEH HONORED FOR THIRD TIME
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He had 17 points and six rebounds at Syracuse and made 13-of-16 free throw attempts. His 13 free throws made tied Verdell Jones III (13 vs. Minnesota, 2010) for the best single game effort in the Tom Crean Era. Vonleh is averaging 13.3 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 10.0 rebounds per game. He had his sixth double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds against North Florida. He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 17.7 per game.
Indiana averaging 47.8 rebounds per game, which is third-best in the nation, and leads the country in rebound margin at +15.0. IU is seventh in field goal percentage defense (36.7). Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no team has made more free throws in the country during that span (1,549) than IU. The Hoosiers also are second in free throw attempts (2,069) and 3-point percentage (40.2), and fourth in field goal percentage (48.3) and seventh in scoring (78.5).
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is the Hoosiers top scorer averaging 17.0 points. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 41.1 percent of his three-point shots after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6. Ferrell earned All-Tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and had 24 points against Stony Brook and Washington. Ferrell was also named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. Most recently, he had 14 points and a season-high seven assists against North Florida.
GORDON LEADS BENCH EFFORT
Graduate transfer Evan Gordon came off the bench and made his first seven shots en route to a season-high 15-point effort. He also had four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea had eight points, sophomore Austin Etherington hit two key triples, freshman Stanford Robinson had six points and eight boards, and freshman Luke Fischer had six points and three boards in seven minutes.