Dec. 26, 2008
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INDIANA (5-6) vs. LIPSCOMB (4-6)
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m. ET
Assembly Hall - 17,357 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Series Record: First Meeting
TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Werme and John Laskowski)
RADIO: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will host Lipscomb in the Hoosiers' final non-conference game of the season. Indiana is coming off a 55-42 loss at home to Northeastern, while the Bisons fell 79-76 in overtime at Elon last Monday as well. This will be just the third meeting between the Hoosiers and a squad from the Atlantic Sun Conference. IU defeated Jacksonville (69-59 in 1977) and Mercer (31-19 in 1925).
SIX OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS FOR IU ARE FROSH
True freshmen have accounted for 69% of the team's minutes played (1521 of 2200) and 70 % of its scoring (474 of 674 points). In addition, six of the teams top seven scorers are frosh. Freshman Tom Pritchard leads Big Ten rookies in rebounds (8.2) and is tied for the top spot among rookies in scoring (13.0), is second in field goal percentage (57.6), and is fourth in blocked shots (1.1). Overall, he is the top offensive rebounder in the league averaging 4.0per game. Daniel Moore is the top freshman in assists (4.1).
WHAT WAS REPLACED
Tom Crean and his staff will put one of the least experienced teams in NCAA Division I history on the floor for the 2008-09 season. Indiana lost 98.8 % of its scoring and 96.9% of its rebounding from last season. Senior Kyle Taber (28 points) and sophomore walk-on Brett Finkelmeier (2 points) are all that return from last year's 25-8 squad which advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008 and he is 5-6 with the Hoosiers. 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. Coach Crean has never faced Lipscomb. Scott Sanderson is in his 10th year with Lipscomb and is 150-131.
By a wide margin, the Hoosiers have played the toughest non-conference schedule among members of the Big Ten. The latest Kenpom.com ratings have IU's schedule ranked as the 31st toughest in the country. Michigan State is 100, Michigan is 104, Wisconsin is 132, Illinois is 158, Ohio State is 201, Northwestern is 230, Minnesota is 2234, Iowa is 236, Purdue is 242, and Penn State is 325. The Hoosiers have played six games away from Assembly Hall, including three against nationally ranked teams (Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Gonzaga). The Hoosiers didn't play their sixth game away from home last year until January at Minnesota, their 16th game of the season.
The Hoosiers will open Big Ten play next Saturday, January 3 at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) at Iowa. IU will start league play with three of four games on the road.