No. 13/15 Hoosiers Visit No. 16/17 Michigan State Wednesday
Dec. 26, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are ranked 13th by the Associated Press and 15th 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 501st 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.
Tom Izzo is in his 17th season as the head coach at Michigan State. His overall record is 394-163 (.707) and he led the Spartans to the National Championship in 1999-2000. IU head coach Tom Crean was a member of Izzo's coaching staff for three seasons from 1995-96 through 1998-99.
By holding Howard to 32.0 percent shooting, the Hoosiers have held seven of its first 12 opponents below 40 percent shooting and have won 11-of-12 games by double figures.
Indiana has shot 51.4 percent from the field, 45.9 percent from 3-point range and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are fifth in the nation in field goal shooting, second in scoring margin (25.1) and seventh in scoring (84.8). The Hoosiers are also averaging 23.5 points per game off of turnovers.
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 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 66.3 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is 10th in scoring, first in field goal percentage, eighth in rebounds, and sixth in steals.
Junior forward Christian Watford was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky. He had 22 points and 10 boards against UMBC. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 979 career points. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and is fifth in the Big Ten is 3-point field goal shooting (50.0).
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds and is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor. A lock down defender, he is second on the team with 21 steals which ranks fifth in the Big Ten (1.8).
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 12.1 points and has made 27-of-48 long distance shots and is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range during his career. He had 16 points against Howard and UMBC. He is second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in 3-point field goal shooting (58.5).
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