Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Ready To Host Kentucky

    Go Hoosiers! Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!
    Christian Watford
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 10, 2009

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    INDIANA (4-4) vs. #4/4 KENTUCKY (9-0)
    Saturday, Dec. 12 • 12:00 p.m. ET
    Bloomington, Ind. • Assembly Hall (17,357)
    Series Record: Kentucky leads, 29-23
    Last meeting: 12/13/08, Kentucky won, 72-54 in Lexington
    TV: CBS (Don Criqui and Greg Anthony)
    RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

    Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will play host to neighboring Kentucky, who brings a No. 4 national ranking into the game. The Hoosiers are coming off a tremendous 74-64 win over Pitt at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday as part of the Jimmy V Classic. Kentucky is coming off a thrilling 64-61 win over No. 13 UConn at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in the SEC/Big East challenge. This will be the 53rd meeting between the two teams, with Kentucky holding a 29-23 edge, however Indiana holds a 10-4 edge in games played in Bloomington. The teams have split the last four meetings after UK had a 72-54 win in Lexington last year. IU has a 52-34 record all-time against the Southeastern Conference, but a 29-5 mark against teams other than Kentucky.

    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 reached the 200-win plateau on Tuesday with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 200-125 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. John Calipari is in his first season as the head coach at Kentucky and has led the Wildcats to a 9-0 start and No. 4 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. He is in his 18th season as a head coach and has a overall career record of 450-139. In his nine seasons at Memphis before coming to UK, he posted a 252-69 mark and was 189-70 in eight seasons at UMass.

    Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer (ninth overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 15.6 points per game. He also leads league rookies with 17 three-point field goals made and is second with 12 steals. Freshman Christian Watford is tops among freshmen in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.5) and ranks ninth in the league overall in boardsmanship. He also is the top freshman free throw shooter making 80.4 percent of his attempts and is second in scoring at 13.3 points per game.

    Through eight games, the Hoosiers are averaging 73.5 points and shooting 35.5 percent from three-point range. Last year at this time, IU was averaging 64.0 points and was shooting just 29.9 percent from long distance after eight games. The Hoosiers have also made improvement in the turnover category, as they are averaging 16 turnovers per game this year through eight games while last year they were at 20.25 through the first eight.

    The Hoosiers will take a break for final exams and continue their five game homestand with a matchup against North Carolina Central next Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8:30 p.m.




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