Dec. 30, 2011
|No. 2/2 Ohio State (13-1, 1-0) at No. 13/15 Indiana (12-1, 0-1)
||Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011
||6 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. - Assembly Hall (17,472)
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 112th season of college basketball and will host No. 2 Ohio State in its Big Ten home opener. The Hoosiers are coming off an 80-65 loss at No. 16/17 Michigan State, while the Buckeyes are coming off an 87-54 win at home against Northwestern. IU opens conference play against three ranked foes and will host No. 18/16 Michigan (January 5).
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.
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and is in his fourth year with the Hoosiers. He is 230-163 all-time as a head coach and picked up wins over No. 18 Illinois and No. 20 Minnesota last season, his first against ranked opponents at Indiana. 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 eighth season as the head coach at Ohio State and is 203-58 with the Buckeyes. Overall, it is 12th season as a Division I head coach and he has compiled a record of 305-89 with stops at Butler (one season) and Xavier (three seasons).
This year's Hoosier squad joins the 1942-43, 1974-75 and 1975-76 teams as the only Indiana teams to start the season 12-0.
Indiana has shot 50.5 percent from the field, 45.0 percent from 3-point range and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, are seventh in the nation in field goal shooting, fifth in scoring margin (22.0) and ninth in scoring (83.3). The Hoosiers are also averaging 23.5 points per game off of turnovers.
Junior forward Christian Watford was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky. He is coming off his second straight double-double after his 26-point, 10-rebound performance against Michigan State. He had 22 points and 10 boards against UMBC. He leads all Big Ten juniors with 1,005 career points, becoming the 43rd IU player to top the 1,000-point mark in his career. He is averaging 13.2 points per game and is third in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal shooting (52.4).
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 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation in field goal percentage, making 65.0 percent of his field goal attempts. Among national freshman, he is 17th in scoring, first in field goal percentage, eighth in rebounds and eighth in steals.
Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 12.0 points and 5.4 rebounds and is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor. He is second on the team with 23 steals which ranks fifth in the Big Ten (1.8). He had 10 rebounds, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals at Michigan State.
Junior Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.5 points and has made 27-of-52 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 fourth in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in 3-point field goal shooting (51.9).