Men's Basketball

    No. 17/18 Hoosiers Take on UMBC Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Austin Etherington
    Go Hoosiers!
    Austin Etherington
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 21, 2011

    UMBC Retrievers (1-9) at No. 17/18 Indiana Hoosiers (11-0)
     Date Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
     Time 6 p.m. ET
     Location Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
     Television ESPN3.com (Steve Andress and Perry Clark)
     Radio IU Radio Network (Affiliates) | Sirius 85/XM 85
    Game Notes Indiana Notes | UMBC Notes
    Statistics Indiana | UMBC
     Internet Coverage Gametracker
     Social Media @TomCrean | @IUShanaDan for in-game updates

    THE OPENING TIP
    Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will look to extend its 11-game winning streak when it hosts UMBC on Thursday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 107-50 win over Howard on Monday, Dec. 19. The 57-point margin of victory was the second largest in school history. The Retrievers are coming off a 73-66 overtime loss at home against Rider on December 17.

    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.

    THE COACHES
    Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 229-162 all-time as a head coach and picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Minnesota last season, his first against ranked opponents at Indiana. 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.

    Randy Monroe is in his seventh season as the head coach at UMBC and has a record of 82-142 with the Retrievers.

    QUICK HITS
    This year's Hoosier squad joins the 1942-43, 1974-75 and 1975-76 teams as the only Indiana teams to start the season 11-0.

    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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