RECORDS & AWARDS
INDIANA VS MINNESOTA PREVIEW
January 11, 2013Richmond High School
INDIANA SPORTS INFORMATION
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and by the Associated Press, the 22nd straight week they have been nationally ranked, the longest since they were ranked for 71 straight weeks from 1989-94. This was the first time since the 1979-80 preseason and the third time in school history (1975-76), that IU started the season as the top ranked team in the country. Indiana was also picked by the Big Ten media to win the conference championship.
The Hoosiers, who have won 20 Big Ten titles, including 11 outright, have the best winning percentage in league game history winning 59.5 percent of its conference tilts (821-558).
Tubby Smith is in his sixth year at Minnesota and has a 118-69 record with the Golden Gophers. Overall, it is his 22nd season as a head coach with stops at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky. His overall record is 505-214.
THE STARTING FIVE
The Hoosiers are 13-9 away from Assembly Hall since the start of the 2011-12 season and have won four of its last five Big Ten road games dating back to last year (Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa, Penn State). IU has the highest overall winning percentage against Division I programs among Big Ten teams with a 41-10 (80.4 percent).
Indiana leads the nation in scoring (87.0), scoring differential (27.9), free throws made (307) and free throws attempted (411). The Hoosiers are the only team in the Big Ten with five players averaging 11 points or better per game (Zeller, 16.5 Oladipo, 13.3; Watford, 12.7; Sheehey, 12.1; Hulls, 11.4).
The Hoosiers are one of the most improved teams in the country defensively ranking ninth in the nation and leading the Big Ten in field goal percentrage defense (35.8) and third in the country in rebound margin (+11.2). In two league games, Indiana held Iowa and Penn State to 58.0 ppg., 32.5 percent shooting from the field and 22.9 percent from 3-point range.
He had 19 points and 10 boards against Iowa, 15 points and four steals against Penn State and leads the Big Ten in free throws made per game (5.3) and attempted (7.4). He is fourth in scoring (16.5), second in rebounds (7.9) and third in FG percentage (62.7 percent). In 40 minute stats, Cody Zeller leads the Big Ten in points/assists/rebounds per game at 36.9.