Hoosiers Play Host to No. 2 Ohio State on New Year's Eve
Dec. 30, 2010
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.
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.
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
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