Dec. 30, 2010
|No. 2 Ohio State (13-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten)
||Dec. 31, 2010
||6:00 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall - 17,357)
| Series Record
||Indiana leads 101-75
| Last Meeting
||OSU 69, IU 52 (Bloomington, Ind. - 2/10/2010)
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THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will play their second straight home game to open up the Big Ten season when the Buckeyes visit Assembly Hall. IU is coming off a 69-60 loss on Monday to Penn State, while OSU defeated Tennessee-Martin on Monday, 100-40. This will be the second straight year that IU has played on New Years Eve. The Hoosiers defeated Michigan last year, 71-65, at home a year ago.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his third year with the Hoosiers. He is 215-147 all-time as a head coach, collecting his 200th career win last year against Pitt at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic. 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.
Thad Matta is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach and his seventh at Ohio State. He has compiled a 169-54 record with the Buckeyes and has won at least 20 games in each of his 10 previous seasons as a head coach. Prior to his stop in Columbus, Matta was the head coach at Butler (2001) and Xavier (2002-04).
Indiana is in its 111th season of college basketball.
The Hoosiers will not have a four-year player in the program until Verdell Jones III, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett enter their senior year.
Junior Verdell Jones III needs 67 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points in their career. He has scored 948 career points and has averaged 13.0 points for his career.
Sophomore Christian Watford is seventh in the Big Ten averaging 17.2 points per game He is fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (82.1) and has made a league-high 78 free throws in 95 attempts.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls is second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (53.8 percent), and also is fifth overall in the Big Ten hitting 56.4 percent of his field goal attempts.
Freshman Victor Oladipo had a career-high 16 points off the bench against Colorado and led the team in scoring off the bench in nine of 13 games this season, before making his first start against Penn State, where he had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Two years ago as a true freshmen, Matt Roth had a career-high 29 points at Assembly Hall against the Buckeyes when he made 9-of-11 3-pointers. He missed last year due to a foot injury. He has made 9-of-21 triples this season (42.1).
Sophomore Derek Elston had a career-high 19 points against Northern Iowa and has started the last six games. He leads the team with a 59.0 shooting percentage.
A GLANCE AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State brings the No. 2 national ranking into Friday's game in Assembly Hall and a four-game winning streak against the Hoosiers. The Buckeyes have one of the best low post tandems in the country in freshman Jared Sullinger (17.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg) and senior Dallas Lauderdale (5.4 ppg and 2.5 bpg). Sullinger is shooting 59.1 percent from the floor. Another senior, Jon Diebler is hitting 48.1 percent of his 3-point field goals (39-81). OSU has played just two road games this season, at Florida (W, 93-75) and at Florida State (W, 58-44). As a team, they are outscoring their opponents 82-53 on average each game.