INDIANA VS WISCONSIN PREVIEW
February 25, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANA BASKETBALL RELEASE
THE OPENING TIP
Indiana is in its 114th season of college basketball and will travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday night. The Hoosiers are coming off a 61-56 win at Northwestern, while the Badgers won at Iowa, 79-74. IU took home the first meeting on Jan. 14 with a 75-72 triumph over the Badgers. Starting with Saturday's game with Northwestern, the Hoosiers will close out the final third on the Big Ten season with six games in 14 days.
SHEEHEY IS SIXTH CREAN RECRUIT TO REACH 1,000
Senior Will Sheehey is now 46th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,021 points. He is the sixth player in six seasons under Tom Creanto eclipse the 1,000-point mark including Christian Watford (1,730), Verdell Jones III (1,347), Jordan Hulls (1,318), Cody Zeller (1,157) and Victor Oladipo (1,117). At least one member of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes are represented. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell leads the 2012 class with 732 points.
SEASON-BEST VS. NORTHWESTERN
The Hoosiers had a season-low seven turnovers against Northwestern and allowed just three points off turnovers.
SINCE 2011-12 ...
Indiana is 71-27 (.724 winning pct.) and 47-6 at home. In the last 98 games, no team from a major conference has made more free throws during that span (1,819) than IU. The Hoosiers also leads in 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and free throw percentage (74.5).
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 289-188 all-time as a head coach, 99-93 at IU, and during the last two-plus years, he has led Indiana to a 71-27 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. Bo Ryan is in his 13th season as a college head coach, and is 313-118 with the Badgers.
FERRELL UP FOR COUSY AWARD
Sophomore Kevin Yogi Ferrellis second in scoring in the Big Ten averaging 18.6 points per conference game and 2.8 long distance calls in 13 league games. He had a 27-point performance at Purdue where he also made a career-high 11 free throws. He had 27 points (7-8 3FG) against Michigan, and has posted some top defensive individual efforts throughout the conference season as well. Overall, he is third in the B1G in scoring (17.7) and seventh in assists (3.8). He is one of the three most improved scorers (+10.1 points/game ) at a major conference school from last season. He has improved his long distance shooting to 41.8 percent (6th in B1G) after making 30.3 percent as a freshman. He leads the B1G in 3-pointers made (71) after making 23 a season ago and is third in the league in free throw percentage (83.6). 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. 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. He also is one of 23 players on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, which is presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
VONLEH AMONG NATION'S TOP FRESHMEN
Freshman Noah Vonleh has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times. He has posted a B1G-best 10 double-doubles and 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 11.7 points and leads the Big Ten averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. He is fifth in the league in shooting (53.5). In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads B1G frosh in blocked shots (34), free throws made (92) and attempted (127). He posted his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan State, while his most recent double-double effort was a 12 point, 12 rebound effort at Minnesota. 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 12-of-18 attempts from 3-point range in Big Ten play. He had his Big Ten career-high with 14 rebounds against Illinois on January 26. He had 12 points and eight rebounds against Northwestern.