Feb. 27, 2009
Michigan Wolverines (10-18, 3-14) at Indiana Hoosiers (17-9, 10-7) | Game Notes | Inside IU Basketball with Coach Jack
Sunday, March 1, 2009 | 2 p.m. ET | Buy Tickets
Assembly Hall (17,456) | Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, pxp) | Internet Streaming: BigTenNetwork.com
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will close the regular season on Sunday, March 1 with Michigan as IU Athletics invites everyone to Head to Hall as IU tries to sell out Assembly Hall on Senior Day. Indiana's game vs. the Wolverines will be broadcast live locally on WHCC 105.1 FM and will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET.
HEAD TO THE HALL
IU will try and sell out Assembly Hall on Sunday, March 1, with Head to the Hall. Fans can get in for just $1, with IU student gaining free admission with a valid student ID. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan enters Sunday's game with a 10-18 overall mark and a 3-14 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are led by Jessica Minnfield with 9.8 points per game. She also leads the team in assists with 104 and steals with 43 on the season. Carly Benson is averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while Krista Phillips leads Michigan in rebounding with 5.2 per contest. Michigan is averaging 55.4 points and 32.5 rebounds per game as a team, while shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 71.7 percent from the free throw line and 29.8 percent from the 3-point line.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Sunday's meeting marks the 56th all-time between the Hoosiers and Michigan, with IU leading, 39-16.
Senior Whitney Thomas and junior Jamie Braun each entered IU's 1,000 point club this season. Thomas recorded her 1,000-th career point on Jan. 4 vs. Iowa, and Braun reached the 1,000 mark on Jan. 19 vs. Purdue.
Indiana is 19-5 all-time against Michigan in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won four games in a row at home against the Wolverines, dating back to Feb. 19, 2004 (65-52).
IU's RPI ranks 31st in this week's Sagarain Ratings, with a strength of schedule ranking of 15th. The Hoosiers' RPI on NCAASports.com is 51st, and 53rd on CollegeRPI.com.
WHAT'S COMING UP
The 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will be held March 5-8 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All games leading up the championship contest will be aired on the Big Ten Network with the championship game on ESPN2.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 108-101 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 29-32 record and an overall career record of 535-242 in 27 seasons.
HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
IU Athletics will honor the 2009 Hoosier senior class on Sunday. Amber Jackson, Kim Roberson, Lydia Serfling and Whitney Thomas, along with managers Scott Dorrell and Evan Suttner will be honored following the game.
After two successful seasons at San Jose State, Jackson transferred to Indiana and brought a wealth of talent to the Hoosiers. She leads IU with 13.2 points per game and is shooting a team-best 52.4 percent from the field, ranking third among Big Ten leaders.
Roberson ends her career as one of the most tenacious defenders in the Big Ten and IU's career steals leader. She is averaging 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while registering 2.54 steals per contest, ranking third in the league.
Serfling joined the team as a walk-on after competing for the IU track and field team. She embodies teamwork and has become the vocal leader on the Hoosier bench. This two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree has played in six games this season.
Thomas has become one of the greatest players in Indiana women's basketball history. She ends her career with several milestones, including becoming the second player in program history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She is averaging 12.1 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game, and has recorded 31 career double-doubles.
MAKING A CASE
The Hoosiers head into their final game of the regular season and the Big Ten Tournament considered as a team on the bubble for the 2009 NCAA Tournament. IU's season-long resume presents a good case for the Hoosiers to make the Big Dance for the first time since 2002.
Indiana has beaten a Big East (West Virginia), ACC (Miami), Big 12 (Missouri), and several Big Ten teams on the road.
Indiana has beaten several NCAA tournament bound teams by double-digits - Purdue (71-57), MSU by 14, and Iowa by 22.
Indiana has played 15 of their 25 games on the road, including challenging opponents from the Big East, ACC, and Big 12. Along with arguably the country's best mid-major Middle Tennessee State.
Indiana has also posted a winning road record against Big Ten opponents, going 5-4. The above .500 winning percentage is the Hoosiers' first against league foes since the 1985-86 season (5-4).
Indiana has made the WNIT the last three seasons and has been left out of the NCAA tournament for a variety of reasons. A sub-.500 conference record (06-07), double-digit losses (all three years), very few road wins (07-08), and a lack of a track record of success (05-06). None of those factors apply to this year's team.
Indiana has received top 25 votes from both the AP and Coaches poll for four consecutive weeks (Jan. 6-Feb. 3).
Indiana recorded a nine-game win streak between Nov. 25 and Jan. 4, winning six-straight away from Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers own three wins against three top-50 RPI teams (Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue).
LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN
Senior Amber Jackson and junior Jamie Braun combined for 34 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Michigan, 60-50, Thursday at Crisler Arena. The Hoosiers are 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. The win was the Hoosiers first in Ann Arbor since Feb. 1, 1998.
Jackson led the team with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and added nine rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist. Braun dropped in 16 points with four rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action. Kim Roberson paced the Hoosiers with four steals to go along with six points and eight rebounds. Whitney Thomas added nine rebounds as Indiana won the battle of the boards, 40-27.
The Hoosiers shot 39 percent from the field (24-61) and went to the free throw line just 10 times, converting seven. Michigan shot 37 percent (17-45), with eight of its 17 field goals coming from beyond the three-point arc.