Dec. 17, 2009
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INDIANA (4-5) vs. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (2-8)
Saturday, Dec. 19 8:30 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: First Meeting
TV: Big Ten Network (Ari Wolfe and John Laskowski)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 110th season of college basketball and will play host to North Carolina Central in the second game of a five-game homestand. The Hoosiers have been taking final exams for the last week and are coming off a 90-73 loss at home to #3 Kentucky. Indiana will host Loyola (Md.) on December 22, Bryant on December 28 and will open the Big Ten season against Michigan on December 31. The Eagles will join the MEAC effective in July of 2010 and IU will be the second Big Ten foe they have faced. They lost at Iowa, 73-63, on November 28. NCCU also has played North Carolina and Miami. NCCU lost 76-67 to Florida Gulf Coast, Wednesday night.
CREAN GETS 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 reached the 200-win plateau on December 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 200-126 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. LeVelle Moton is in his first year as head coach at NCCU after serving two years as an assistant coach for the Eagles.
CREEK IS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer (sixth overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 17.3 points per game, which also ranks fifth in the nation among all freshmen. He also leads league rookies with 22 three-point field goals made and 14 steals. He busted out for a 31-point performance against Kentucky and became the first IU frosh to score 30 or more points in the series against the Wildcats.
NINE GAME COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR
The Hoosiers are averaging 9.2 more points per game than a year ago at this same time. In addition, three-point field goal percentage has improved from 30.3 percent to 37.2 percent. Indiana also is committing five fewer turnovers per game (15.2 to 20.1). In addition, the Hoosiers have 17 more blocked shots.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers are shooting 72.5% from the free throw line in their last five games. The top three scorers at home this season are freshmen Maurice Creek (19.6), Christian Watford (14.2) and Derek Elston (9.0). Sophomore Verdell Jones III has scored in double figures in 13 of his last 19 games dating back to last year. The Hoosiers have had a six-point lead or better in every game this season and have led at halftime in six of nine games. IU has committed just 21 turnovers in its last two games. The Hoosiers have scored 40 points or more in a half six times this season and have held opponents to 30 points or less in a half five times. IU is second in the Big Ten in steals (8.44) and offensive rebounds (13.2).
The Hoosiers have a quick turnaround as they get ready for a Tuesday, Dec. 22, meeting with Loyola University of Maryland at 6:30 p.m.