No. 17/18 Hoosiers Take on UMBC Thursday
Dec. 21, 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,on Dec. 10 in Bloomington. This week is 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.
Randy Monroe is in his seventh season as the head coach at UMBC and has a record of 82-142 with the Retrievers.
By holding Howard to 30.6 percent shooting, the Hoosiers have held six of its first 11 opponents below 40 percent shooting and have won 10-of-11 games by double figures.
Indiana has shot 51.7 percent from the field, 46.8 percent from 3-point range and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are fourth in the nation in field goal shooting, seventh in scoring margin (24.5) and seventh in scoring (84.5). The Hoosiers are also averaging 22.6 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.
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 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.6 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.
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds and is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. A lock down defender, he is second on the team with 17 steals. He had 16 points against Notre Dame.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.7 points and has made 24-of-41 long distance shots and is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range during his career. Dating back to last year, he has made 56 straight free throws. He had 16 points against Howard. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting (58.5).
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 957 career points. He is averaging 11.2 point per game and is fourth in the Big Ten is 3-point field goal shooting (50.0).
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