March 3, 2009
No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (10-19) vs. No. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (18-9) | Game Notes | Bracket
Thursday, March 5 | 2:30 p.m. ET
Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345) | Indianapolis, Ind.
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Jeremy Gray, pxp) | TV: Big Ten Network (Mark Neely, pxp; Mary Murphy, analyst)
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will open the 2009 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 11 Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET in Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana is 40-16 all-time against Michigan, sweeping the 2009 regular season series. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on WHCC 105.1 FM and the Big Ten Network.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Thursday's meeting marks the 57th all-time between the Hoosiers and Michigan, with IU leading, 40-16.
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 15-0 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game.
The Hoosiers are 3-0 against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.
IU's RPI ranks 30th in this week's Sagarain Ratings, with a strength of schedule ranking of 18th. The Hoosiers' RPI on NCAASports.com and CollegeRPI.com is 50th.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite being down by 15 early in the second half, the Indiana women's basketball team came back to defeat Michigan, 67-61, on Senior Day in Assembly Hall. The win was in front of 5,112 fans, the Hoosiers' largest of the season.
Junior Jamie Braun led the Hoosiers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. She also recorded five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Senior Kim Roberson scored 14 points and tallied six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas scored 10 points and added a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Ashlee Mells provided quite a spark in IU's comeback, scoring seven points off the bench, to go along with three rebounds and a pair of steals in 11 minutes.
The Hoosiers shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the field, 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from the 3-point line and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line. Indiana won the battle on the boards, 36-31, and recorded 11 steals off of 19 Michigan miscues.
SERIES VS. MICHIGAN
Indiana holds a 40-16 advantage over Michigan in the all-time series with Thursday's meeting marking the 57th between the two teams. The Hoosiers swept the Wolverines this season and have won three in a row, dating back to Feb. 17, 2008. IU is 3-0 against the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament, recording their last win, 68-62, on March 2, 2006 in the first round.
IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack is in her third year at the helm of the Hoosier program with a career mark of 109-101 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 29-33 record and an overall career record of 535-243 in 27 seasons.
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).
Indiana has posted a winning road record against Big Ten opponents, going 5-4 this season. The above .500 winning percentage is the Hoosiers' first against league foes since the 1985-86 season (5-4). The Hoosiers also recorded six straight wins against team away from Assembly Hall between Nov. 25 and Dec. 29.
Indiana is the only school in the Big Ten with five players ranking among the top-25 in scoring in the league. Four of IU'S five starters are averaging double-digit points, including senior Amber Jackson with 12.9 points per game, ranking seventh in the league.
SUCCESS IN THE BIG TEN
Indiana has recorded nine winning Big Ten seasons in its history, including back-to-back over .500 seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09 under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. The Hoosiers' 11 wins this season is the most since the 1984-85 season when that squad went 11-7 to finish fourth in the league standings.