Jan. 21, 2009
Indiana Hoosiers (13-3, 6-1) at Michigan Wolverines (9-9, 2-5) | Game Notes | Inside IU Basketball With Coach Jack - Episode 8
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 | 7 p.m. ET
Crisler Arena (13,751) | Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, play-by-play) | Internet: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana will open a two-game road trip at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 22. The Hoosiers will tip-off against the Wolverines at 7 p.m. ET in Crisler Arena. The game will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com and will be broadcast live locally on WHCC 105.1 FM with Jeremy Gray calling the action.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan enters Thursday night's game with a 9-9 mark overall and a 2-5 record in the Big Ten with wins over Northwestern (66-54) and Illinois (52-44), both in Crisler Arena where it owns a 6-2 mark on the season. The Wolverines are led by Jessica Minnfield with 10.4 points per game. She is also registering 4.9 rebounds per game, matching teammate Krista Phillips on the boards. Michigan is shooting 36.5 percent (345-of-945) from the field on the season, averaging 55.7 points per game as a team. It is also averaging 33.8 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 17.4 turnovers, 7.9 steals and 3.8 blocked shots per game.
WHAT'S COMING UP
Indiana will travel to Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 25, for a game which will also be aired on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers will then host Penn State on Jan. 29 on the BigTenNetwork.com and will hit the road to face Ohio State on the Big Ten Network on Feb. 1 in Columbus. On Feb. 5, IU will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 102-95 over seven seasons. She led the Hoosiers to back-to-back postseason berths in the WNIT and an 18-15 mark in 2007-08. Legette-Jack recorded her 100th career victory at Michigan State on Dec. 29, and reached her 50th win as the Hoosier mentor against Purdue on Jan. 19, 2009.
Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth enters his second season with the Wolverines with a 28-23 record and an overall career record of 534-233 in 27 seasons.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 55th all-time between the Hoosiers and Wolverines, with Indiana leading, 38-16.
Junior point guard Jamie Braun became the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 points in her career at IU with 16 points vs. Purdue on Jan. 19.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack recorded her 50th career win at Indiana with a 71-57 victory over Purdue on Jan. 19.
Indiana is 14-11 all-time in Crisler Arena and hasn't won a game on the road vs. Michigan since Feb. 1, 1998 when the Hoosiers topped the Wolverines, 67-58.
IU's RPI ranks 15th in CollegeRPI.com weekly report, and 17th in this week's Sagarin Ratings and NCAA RPI ratings.
Indiana currently owns a 7-2 mark away from Assembly Hall, including a six game win streak outside of the Bloomington city limits between Nov. 25-Dec. 29. The Hoosiers have knocked off opponents from the Big 12, ACC, BIG EAST and in the Big Ten with Dec. 29's win at Michigan State and Jan. 11's win at Penn State.
HOOSIERS BRING THE "D"
The Hoosiers have kept their opponents' scoring under 58 points eight times this season, including three straight games (12/20-01/04). IU has also recorded double-digit steals in seven of its 16 games on the year for an average of 8.75, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten overall.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
The Hoosiers' 6-1 start to Big Ten action is the program's best start since the 1982-83 team started the league schedule 6-1. IU's 71-57 win over Purdue in Assembly Hall was it's first over its rival in Bloomington since Jan. 25, 1998. That date was also the last time IU won the two team's rivalry game, claiming the Barnburner Trophy. Indiana's win at Penn State on Jan. 11 was the second time in the series history that the Hoosiers recorded a win in Happy Valley. The victory was also IU's seventh win against the legendary program.
LAST SEASON VS. MICHIGAN
The Hoosiers split with the Wolverines last season, losing in Ann Arbor, 65-54, and winning in Bloomington, 74-65. In the first meeting, Jamie Braun led IU with 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Whitney Thomas scored 13 points and added 11 boards, and Kim Roberson netted 10 points and came away with four steals. However, the Hoosiers were outrebounded 36-32 by Michigan, and shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from the 3-point line. In the second meeting, Indiana was led by 22 points from Braun. She also recorded seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Thomas recorded another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Hoosiers outrebounded the Wolverines, 40-27, and shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field and 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the 3-point line.
1,000 DOWN, 50 TO GO
Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000th career point against Iowa on Jan. 4 and is 50 rebounds from reaching 1,000 on the glass. Thomas would become the second player in Indiana women's basketball history to reach the milestone in both categories as Denise Jackson ended her career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,917 points and 1,273 boards. Thomas also currently owns 222 assists and 215 steals. Her steals mark ranks her third in the IU record book. She is 15 steals from the record held by Jenny DeMuth of 230. Thomas is the fifth active player in the Big Ten to reach the 200 career steals mark. She also own 62 career blocked shots, which ranks ninth in IU lore.
BRAUN HITS 1,000
Junior Jamie Braun became the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points at IU when she sank a free throw at the 1:13 mark in the second half of Indiana's win against Purdue on Jan. 19. Braun entered the game 16 points shy of the milestone. She is the second Hoosier to reach the mark this season, as senior Whitney Thomas recorded her 1,000 career point against Iowa on Jan. 4, and she is the 10th active player in the Big Ten to reach 1,000 career points.