Hoosiers and No. 5/4 Michigan State Ready For Saturday
January 4, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will open it's home portion of the Big Ten schedule against Michigan State. The Hoosiers are defending Big Ten champions but return just one starter from last year's team which finished 14-4. The Hoosiers boast a three-game winning streak against the Spartans and have won five straight against top 10 opponents in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers lead the nation in rebound margin at +13.9 per game, are fourth in total rebounds per game at 45.4 and are second in the nation with 320 free throws made. In the last three games, IU shot 52.3% from the field, 40.0% from three-point range and 73.0% from the free throw line. Five players contributing 106 minutes played their first Big Ten game at Illinois.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 66-20 (.771 winning pct.) and 44-3 at home. 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.
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 284-182 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 66-20 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. Tom Izzo is in his 19th season as the head coach at Michigan State and has a 451-179 record. Crean served on Izzo's MSU staff from 1995-99.
FERRELL SHOWS TOP TEN IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrell is the Hoosiers top scorer averaging 17.7 points and is one of the 10 most improved scorers in the country (+10.1) from last season. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 44.0% 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 40 after making 23 a season ago. 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 was also named to the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, sixth in assists, fifth in FT percentage, and fourth in 3-point FG pct.
VONLEH HAS BEEN TOP B1G FROSH
Freshman Noah Vonlehhas been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. Vonleh is averaging 12.3 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the league in shooting (54.8) and his six double-doubles also is a league best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (16) and free throws made (67) and attempted (93). He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 16.7 per game.
SHEEHEY PROVIDES LEADERSHIP
Senior Will Sheehey has averaged 15.0 points and shot 52.4% from the field in his last four games. He tied his career-high with 22 points against Notre Dame and followed that up with 14 points against Nicholls State and 15 against Kennesaw State. He had nine point and five rebounds against Illinois. He 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. The Stuart, Fla., native hit the game-tying and game-winning three-pointers against LIU Brooklyn earlier this season and connected on the game-winning jumper in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the final seconds against VCU.