Dec. 20, 2009
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INDIANA (5-5) vs. LOYOLA (MARYLAND) (5-5)
Tuesday, Dec. 22 6:30 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: First Meeting
TV: Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine 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 Loyola University Maryland in the third game of a five-game homestand. The Hoosiers are coming off an 81-58 win against North Carolina Central in Assembly Hall. Indiana will host Bryant on December 28 and will open the Big Ten season against Michigan on December 31. The Greyhounds ended a three-game losing skid on Saturday with an 85-51 victory over Howard.
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 201-126 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. Jimmy Patsos is 75-87 in his sixth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds.
CREEK LEADS BIG TEN FRESHMAN IN SCORING
Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer (tied for third overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 18.5 points per game. He also leads league rookies with 27 three-point field goals made and a 53.3 percent shooting effort from the field. 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. He then followed that up with a 29-point, seven rebound outing against North Carolina Central on Saturday.
TEN GAME COMPARISON FROM LAST YEAR
The Hoosiers are averaging 11 more points per game than a year ago at this same time. In addition, three-point field goal percentage has improved from 29.1 percent to 36.2 percent. Indiana also is committing five fewer turnovers per game (15.3 to 20.1). The Hoosiers have 20 more blocked shots. Senior Devan Dumes is shooting 38.5 percent from three-point range compared to 26.2 percent at the same time a year ago.
AGAINST THE MAAC
The Hoosiers have a 6-0 record against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. IU is 2-0 against Niagara and Manhattan and 1-0 against Canisius and Fairfield.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers have scored 40 points or more in a half seven times this season and have held opponents to 30 points or less in a half six times. IU is second in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (38.5).
Indiana returns from Christmas for a Monday night game against Bryant at 9:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network in the fourth of a five game homestand.