No. 18/20 Hoosiers Take on Notre Dame in Close the Gap Crossroads Classic Saturday
Dec. 15, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 20th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, and entered the rankings for the first time under Tom Crean's tenure after the Hoosiers defeated No. 1 Kentucky 73-72, last week in Bloomington. It is the 499th appearance in the AP Poll (seventh all-time among Division I programs).
The Hoosiers return 93.3 percent of their scoring with 2,078 of 2,226 points returning.
CLOSE THE GAP CROSSROADS CLASSIC
Mike Brey is in his 12th season as the head coach at Notre Dame and his 17th season overall as a college head coach. He is 245-124 with the Fighting Irish and 344-176 overall including five years at Delaware.
With inclusion in this week's AP poll, every four-year Hoosier player since 1950 will have played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.
Junior forward Christian Watford was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky. He led the Hoosiers with 20 points and also had five boards. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 937 career points.
Freshman forward Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times He leads the Hoosiers averaging 15.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.8 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is 10th in scoring, first in field goal percentage, eighth in rebounds, and fourth in steals. His brother Luke played for the Irish from 2005-08.
Sophomore Will Sheehey is averaging 11.6 points per game, which is the highest among Big Ten non-starters. He was named Tournament MVP after he scored a career-high 21 points against Butler in the championship game of the Hoosier Invitational.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.2 points and has made 18-of-24 long distance shots and is shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range during his career. Dating back to last year, he has made 52 straight free throws. He had 20 points and five assists at NC State.
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