Dec. 30, 2009
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INDIANA (6-6, 0-0 BIG TEN) vs. MICHIGAN (6-5, 0-0 BIG TEN)
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 12:00 p.m. ET
Bloomington, Ind. Assembly Hall (17,357)
Series Record: IU leads 97-52
TV: ESPN2 (Dave O'Brien and Jay Bilas)
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 open conference play against Michigan on New Year's Eve in the final game of a five-game homestand for the Hoosiers. Indiana sits at 6-6 after rocking
Bryant, 90-42, on Monday night. The Wolverines enter the conference season 6-5 and are coming off an eight-day layoff for the holiday break. U-M is playing in its third true road contest of the year, and it dropped contests at Utah (68-52) and at No. 1 Kansas (75-64) in its previous two road games.
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 Dec. 8 with a 74-64 win over Pitt in Madison Square Garden. In his 10-plus-season career, he has a 202-127 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. John Beilein is in his third year atop the Michigan program, where he turned in 11 more wins in year two (21) than in year one (10). He has won 588 career games in 32 years as a head coach, including stops at Erie Community College, Nazareth, LeMoyne, Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia.
CREEK LIKELY LOST DUE TO KNEE INJURY
Freshman Maurice Creek suffered a fractured left knee on Dec. 28, against Bryant and is expected to miss the remainder of the season following surgery which will be performed on December 29. He is the top freshman scorer (T-5th overall) in the Big Ten Conference averaging 16.4 points per game. He also leads league rookies with 30 three-point field goals made and a 52.7 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. At one point this season, he led all freshmen in the country in scoring.
The Hoosiers are 5-5 in conference openers since 2000 and will be playing a conference opener at home for the first time in four seasons. The last time they opened the Big Ten slate in Assembly Hall was Jan. 3, 2006, a 70-63 win over Michigan. Indiana is 12-3 all-time in Big Ten openers against Michigan and 7-1 when those openers have been played in Assembly Hall.
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. Indiana is 1-2 all-time in conference openers played on New Year's Eve, with the lone win coming Dec. 31, 1938, at Michigan State by a score of 37-33.
The Hoosiers hit the road for their first true road game of the season, a Jan. 6 battle against Ohio State in Columbus starting at 8:30 p.m.
BRYANT POST GAME
The Hoosiers used a 17-3 run to break the game wide open heading into halftime. IU led 26-11 with 7:34 to play in the half, then ballooned its lead to 29 with a Jeremiah Rivers dunk giving Indiana a 43-14 edge with 47 seconds remaining before the break.
The Hoosiers' 90-42 win was the largest margin of victory in the Tom Crean era and the most lopsided since a 100-52 victory over Western Carolina on Dec. 15, 2007. The 42 points allowed were the fewest since ceding 40 to Western Illinois on Dec. 6, 2006.
Indiana placed five players in double figures for the first time this season and the first time since a quintet of Hoosiers hit the 10-point mark against Chaminade on Nov. 26, 2008. Christian Watford (15), Verdell Jones III (15), Jordan Hulls (12), Devan Dumes (12) and Tom Pritchard (11) all bested the 10-point plateau on Monday.
Indiana's 28-point lead at halftime marked the largest lead at the break for the Hoosiers since a 29-point edge against Chicago State on Dec. 29, 2007.
The Hoosiers grabbed 50 rebounds in the game, the most in the Crean era and the most since snaring 51 against Michigan on Jan. 8, 2008.
IU held Bryant to 25 percent from the field, the lowest for a Hoosier opponent this season. Indiana also forced 19 turnovers and had seven blocks and 11 steals in the victory.
Watford tied for the team lead with 15 points and led the Hoosiers with nine boards. The freshman was 7-for-10 from the field and had two blocks in 24 minutes.
Jones had his highest point total since the Pitt game, going 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line for his 15. His seven assists were a season high.
Hulls made his first career start for the Hoosiers and responded with career highs in both points and steals (three). Hulls added three assists and no turnovers in his 23 minutes.
Derek Elston's three-pointer 5:38 into the first half marked the 271st consecutive game for the Hoosiers with a three-ball made. Elston went 4-for-6 from the field and had nine points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 14 minutes.
Devan Dumes had a season-high 12 points off the bench for the Hoosiers, shooting 5-for-6 from the stripe in the win. Dumes added three boards and an assist in 14 minutes.
Tom Pritchard had a season-high 11 points, shooting 4-for-6 from the field. The sophomore matched his season best with eight boards and had a block and a steal in 24 minutes.
Jeremiah Rivers finished with seven points and five rebounds, adding three steals and two assists. Rivers was 2-for-3 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.