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No. 23 Indiana Takes on Stony Brook Sunday

November 17, 2013


THE OPENING TIP Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Stony Brook in the second game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project. IU defeated LIU Brooklyn, 73-72, in the first game of the event last Tuesday. The Hoosiers are coming off a 105-59 victory over Samford on Friday night.

This will be the second meeting between the two teams. IU defeated the Seawolves, 96-66, in the 2011-12 season opener.

The Seawolves are coming off their best season in their Division I program history, earning 25 wins, an America East regular season championship and an NIT victory. They are led by senior guard Anthony Jackson, who is averaging 21.0 points per game and sophomore forward Jameel Warney who is contributing 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest.

SINCE 2011-12 ...Indiana is 59-16, which is second in the Big Ten (.787 winning pct.), 12-8 on the road, 21-13 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 38-3 at home (third in the nation in that time frame).

THE COACHES Indiana named Tom Creanas its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 277-178 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 59-16 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. In 2012-13,  he was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year. In 2011-12, Crean was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN's Jason King, and Big Ten Coach of the Year by the Sporting News and the BTN's Tom Dienhart.

Steve Pikiell is in his ninth year at Stony Brook and has an overall record of 128-144. He led his squad to America East titles in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

FRESHMEN STARTERS This season marked the fifth time in six years under Tom Crean that a freshman cracked the starting lineup: 2008-09: Tom  Pritchard, Verdell  Jones III, Nick  Williams;  2009-10: Christian  Watford, Maurice  Creek; 2011-12: Cody  Zeller; 2012-13: Kevin Yogi Ferrell; 2013-14: Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams.

BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK/WOODEN WATCH Freshmen Noah Vonlehwas named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Chicago State on Nov. 8 and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List, which was released Tuesday.    He is averaging 13.7 points and 11.7 rebounds. Vonleh was the only player in the Big Ten to post double-doubles in each of the  first three games of the season. He leads all freshmen in the country averaging 20.9 rebounds per 40 minutes.

SHEEHEY AND FERRELL STEP UP Senior Will Sheehey had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals and hit two key treys late to lead IU to the win over LIU Brooklyn. Friday night against Samford, sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell had a career-high 26 points and made 5-of-7 triples to lead the Hoosiers. 

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