Indiana Hosts Fighting Illini on Sunday at 3 p.m.
January 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IU SPORTS RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2014
|Illinois (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten) at Indiana (12-7, 2-4 Big Ten)
||Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
||3:00 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. • Assembly Hall (17.472)
||BTN (Eric Collins & Shon Morris)
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will host Illinois in a key Big Ten game on Sunday. The two teams hooked up on New Years Eve, with the Illini capturing an 83-80 win in overtime in Champaign. The Hoosiers are coming off a 61-56 loss at No. 3 Michigan State, while Illinois is coming off a loss at Ohio State, 62-55, on Thursday evening.
COACHES VS. CANCER
The 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend will be held January 24 to January 27. Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the American Cancer Society by encouraging member coaches and their coaching staffs to wear sneakers with their suits at games held that weekend to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The University of Akron announced on Dec. 14 that Director of Men's Basketball Operations Dan Peters began a personal leave of absence to seek treatment for pancreatic cancer. The Indiana men's basketball staff will wear lapel pins with a purple ribbon - the color for pancreatic cancer awareness - and the words "4 Pete's Sake" in support of Coach Peters and his battle against pancreatic cancer. The media, members of the college basketball community and fans are encouraged to tweet about "Pete" using the hashtag #4PetesSake.
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 286-185 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 68-23 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. John Groce is in his second season as the head coach at Illinois and has a 36-20 record. This will be the first game the Muncie, Ind., native will serve as a head coach in Assembly Hall.
FERRELL SHOWS B1G IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell leads the Big Ten in scoring (19.2) in league games and is the Hoosiers top scorer overall (17.5, 3rd in the B1G) and is one of the three most improved scorers at a major conference school (+9.9) from last season. Most notably, he has significantly improved his long distance shooting making 40.7 percent of his three-point shots after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and has posted 11 assists and just one turnover in his last two games. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (48) after making 23 a season ago. He also is sixth in the conference in assists (3.9). He had a career-high 30 points at Illinois and perhaps his best overall game of the season at Penn State with 15 points, seven assists and just one turnover while not allowing All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier to garner an assist. 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.
VONLEH ON TISDALE WATCH LIST
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times and is one of 50 players listed on the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List and Naismith Award Early Season Watch List. He posted his second straight, and eighth double-double of the season when he had 13 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan State. He had a career-high 19 points and six rebounds at Penn State and scored the team's first 12 points. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in his first Big Ten game at Illinois. Vonleh is averaging 12.4 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. He is eighth in the league in shooting (55.9) and his six double-doubles are also a league best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (24) and free throws made (80) and attempted (111). He also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 15.4 per game. He also has made 9-of-12 3-point field goal attempts in Big Ten play. He posted 17 points and 12 rebounds against Northwestern. He was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list as the National Player of the Year.