No. 17/18 Hoosiers Take on Howard in Assembly Hall Monday Night
Dec. 18, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are ranked 17th by the Associated Press and 18th 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. This week will be the 500th 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.
Kevin Nickelberry is in his second season as the head coach at Howard University and his fifth season overall as a college head coach. He is 9-32 with the Bison and 58-74 overall including four years at Hampton.
By holding the Irish to 38.1 percent shooting, the Hoosiers have held five of its first 10 opponents below 40 percent shooting and have won 9-of-10 games by double figures.
Indiana has shot 50.3 percent from the field, 45.7 percent from 3-point range and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are ninth in the nation in field goal shooting, ninth in scoring margin (20.2) and 11th in scoring (82.2). The Hoosiers are also averaging 22.2 points per game off of turnovers.
With inclusion in last week's AP poll, every four-year Hoosier player since 1950 will have played on a nationally ranked squad at Indiana.
Senior Tom Pritchard earned his bachelor's degree in sport communication on Saturday, Dec. 17. He will begin a graduate program in sports administration in the spring at IU. He is the second graduate student on the team, joining Matt Roth.
Freshman forward Cody Zeller has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times, most recently for the week of Dec. 19. He leads the Hoosiers averaging 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in field goal percentage, making 64.4 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is seventh in scoring, first in field goal percentage, eighth in rebounds, and third in steals. He had 21 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame.
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds and is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. A lock down defender, he is second on the team with 16 steals. He had 16 points against Notre Dame.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.3 points and has made 20-of-36 long distance shots and is shooting 42.7 percent from 3-point range during his career. Dating back to last year, he has made 54 straight free throws. He had 12 points and three assists against Notre Dame. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting (55.6).
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 against UK. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 947 career points. He is averaging 11.4 point per game and is fourth in the Big Ten is 3-point field goal shooting (48.1).
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