Dec. 26, 2009
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INDIANA (5-6) vs. BRYANT (0-12)
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 9:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: First Meeting
TV: Big Ten Network (Craig Coshun 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 Bryant University in the fourth game of a five-game homestand. The Hoosiers are coming off a 72-67 loss to Loyola (Md.). This will be the final non-conference game of the season for IU. The Bulldogs of Smithfield, Rhode Island are coming off an 80-44 defeat to St. John's. They are an independent team, but will join the Northeast Conference in 200-12-13.
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 201-127 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. Tim O'Shea is 8-33 in his second year at Bryant. He was the head coach at Ohio University from 2001-2008 and was 120-95 and took the Bobcats to the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
CREEK LEADS BIG TEN FRESHMAN IN SCORING
Freshman Maurice Creek is the top freshman scorer (fourth overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 17.6 points per game. He also leads league rookies with 30 three-point field goals made and a 53.1 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.
NEW YEARS EVE
For the fourth and final time this decade, Indiana will play a game on New Years Eve when they host Michigan in the Big Ten opener. The Hoosiers won at Ball State in 2002 (76-62) and in 2006 (80-56). They defeated Oral Roberts, 69-68, at home in 2004.
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 seven times. The Hoosiers have improved their offensive output by 12.2 points at a similar juncture in the season as last year. In addition, IU has improved its three-point field goal shooting from 29.1 percent to 36.8 percent. IU has 31 more assists and 21 more blocks and has committed 46 less turnovers than last season. At least ten members of the team earned a GPA above 3.0 during the fall semester.
The Hoosiers welcome the Michigan Wolverines on Dec. 31 at Noon for the Big Ten opener to conclude a five-game homestand. The Hoosiers will then alternate road and home games in their conference schedule for the first 16 games of the Big Ten ledger.