Indiana Welcomes Big Ten Leader Michigan To Assembly Hall
February 2, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IU PRESS RELEASE
|#10/14 Michigan (16-4, 8-0 Big Ten)
at Indiana (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten)
||Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
||1:00 p.m. ET
||Bloomington, Ind. • Assembly Hall (17,472)
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THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will Michigan on Sunday. IU is coming off a 60-55 loss at Nebraska, while Michigan has won 10 games in a row and won at home against Purdue, 75-66 on Thursday. Last year, IU defeated the Wolverines 81-73 in Assembly Hall and 72-71 in Ann Arbor.
In the last home game, the 46 points allowed against Illinois were the fewest points a Hoosier opponent has scored in B1G play in the Tom Crean Era (since 2008-09 season). Since 1996-97, Tom Crean'steams have notched four of the eight best Big Ten defensive efforts an Indiana team has had, with his team holding Nebraska to 47 and Penn State to 49 last year and Illinois to 49 in 2011. In conference play, IU leads the league in free throw shooting at 76.6, while Michigan in second at 76.5. The Hoosiers are fifth in the nation in rebounding at 42.1 and third in rebound differential at 11.0.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 69-24 (.750 winning pct.) and 46-5 at home. In the last 93 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,754) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in free throw attempts (2,343), 3-point FG percentage (39.7), and free throw percentage (74.9).
Indiana named Tom Crean as its 28th men's basketball coach on April 2, 2008, and he is in his sixth year with the Hoosiers. He is 287-186 all-time as a head coach and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 69-24 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 Beilein is in his seventh season as the head coach at Michigan and is 138-89 with the Wolverines. Beilein was an assistant coach this past summer for the USA World University Games squad which featured the Hoosiers' Will Sheeheyand Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell.
FERRELL SHOWS B1G IMPROVEMENT
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrellis fifth in the conference in scoring (17.3) and fifth in assists (4.0). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+9.7 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting making 41.4 percent of his three-point shots this season after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He is second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (53) after making 23 a season ago, and is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (84.2). He had 14 points and five assists against Nebraska. Against Illinois, he scored a team-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. He had a team-high 25 points against Wisconsin and a career-high 30 points at Illinois in the Big Ten opener. In perhaps his best overall game of the season, Ferrell posted 15 points, seven assists and just one turnover while not allowing Penn State's All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier to garner an assist. Ferrell earned all-tournament honors at the 2KSports Classic earlier this season when he averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the four games that were part of the event.
VONLEH AMONG NATION'S TOP FRESHMAN
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. The Haverhill, Mass, native was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list, which honors the nation's top freshman. Vonleh is averaging 11.8 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. He is sixth in the league in shooting (53.8) and his eight double-doubles are also a league-best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (25) and free throws made (81) and attempted (113). He posted his eighth double-double of the season with 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. He also has made 9-of-12 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He posted 17 points and 12 rebounds against Northwestern. He had his Big Ten career-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois last week.