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December 7, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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THE OPENING TIPIndiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host North Florida of the Atlantic Sun Conference, looking to extend its 34-game non-conference home court winning streak. The Hoosiers are coming off a 69-52 loss at No. 4 Syracuse, while UNF lost 76-48 in its last outing at Alabama. This will be the fourth high-major game for the Osprey this season, as they have also played at Florida and at Ohio State. They also will play at Michigan State on December 17.
GETTING KNOCKED DOWNThe Hoosiers have responded with a win after each of their last 14 losses dating back to the 2011-12 season.
SINCE 2011-12 ...Indiana is 62-18 (.775 winning pct.), 12-9 on the road, 22-15 away from Assembly Hall (road and neutral combined) and 40-3 at home (second most wins in the nation in that time frame). Last year, Miami (FL) and Indiana had the best conference road records among BCS level institutions at 7-2. IU captured the Big Ten title with wins at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.
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 280-180 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 62-18 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. Matthew Driscoll is in his fifth season as the head coach at North Florida.
VONLEH EARNS HONORS Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He had 17 points and six rebounds at Syracuse and made 13-of-16 free throw attempts. His 13 free throws made tied Verdell Jones III (13 vs. Minnesota, 2010) for the best single game effort in the Tom CreanEra. He is averaging 13.4 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. He had his fifth double-double of the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Evansville. He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 18.0 per game.
NATIONALLYIndiana is third in the nation averaging 47.6 rebounds per game and leads the country in rebound margin at +15.8. IU is 12th in field goal percentage defense (36.6). Since the start of the 2011-12 season, no team has made more free throws in the country during that span (1,530) than IU. The Hoosiers also are second in free throw attempts (2,041) and 3-point percentage (40.3), and fourth in field goal percentage (48.4) and sixth in scoring (78.4).
FERRELL IMPROVEMENT Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is the Hoosiers top scorer averaging 17.4 points. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 41.2 percent of his three-point shots after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6. Ferrell earned All-Tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and had 24 points against Stony Brook and Washington. Ferrell also was named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List.
WILL IS A WINNER Senior Will Sheehey also earned All-Tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic after he averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals in the four-game event. He also hit the game-tying and game-winning three-pointer against LIU Brooklyn. Sheehey also hit a game winning jumper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the final seconds against VCU.