Hoosiers Open Big Ten Play at Home With Penn State
Dec. 26, 2010
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers open Big Ten play on Monday against Penn State after going 9-4 in non-conference play and are coming off a 2-2 showing in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. IU leads the series 28-7 and defeated Penn State on the road last year, 67-61, in their only meeting of the campaign.
Ed DeChellis is in his eighth season with the Penn State Nittany Lions and has a 207-220 record in University Park. Prior to joining Penn State, DeChellis was the head coach at East Tennessee State for seven years.
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.
The Hoosiers will be looking for their second straight Big Ten and Big Ten home opening win in the last two years after they beat Michigan, 71-65, last year on December 31, 2009.
Sophomore Christian Watford is sixth in the Big Ten averaging 18.3 points per game after averaging 19.3 points in the IBN Las Vegas Classic. He is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.7) and has made a league-high 77 free throws. He is the only Hoosier to score in double figures every game this season.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 82 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 918 career points and has averaged 12.9 points for his career.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (52.1 percent), and also is fifth overall in the Big Ten hitting 55.7 percent of his field goal attempts.
Sophomore Derek Elston had a career-high 19 points against Northern Iowa. He has made 19 of his last 25 shots (76.0 percent) over the last five games.
Freshman Victor Oladipo had a career-high 16 points off the bench against Colorado. He has led the team in scoring off the bench in nine of 13 games this season.
A GLANCE AT PENN STATE
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