Per IU media relations:
Indiana University will welcome back members of the 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship team the December 4th as the group gathers for a reunion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program’s fifth NCAA title.
The Hoosiers defeated #1 UNLV 97-93, in the national semifinals and Syracuse, 74-73 in the title game on a last second shot by junior Keith Smart.
Steve Alford and Todd Meier along with Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson (a team manager on the squad) were involved in organizing the weekend. The team will be recognized during Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Stetson which tips off at 4:30 p.m. The women’s team will have a game against Oklahoma State at noon.
The first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica calendar poster from the championship season. An autograph session will take place between 3 and 4 p.m. for those with a game ticket. Fans will be limited to one item for autographs as the group will try and accommodate as many as possible.
A limited number of tickets are available for the game and may be purchased by calling 1-866-IU Sports. More specifics will be available next week.
For the second consecutive week, Indiana forward Cody Zeller has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
The Washington High School product averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of IU wins over Evansville and Savannah State.
Zeller shared the honor last week with Iowa’s Aaron White.
Through four games, Zeller is averaging 15 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. He’s shooting 82.6 percent from the field and 75.9 percent from the foul line.
(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports/ITH)
Indiana will look to open the season 5-0 for the second straight season tonight in Assembly Hall against Gardner-Webb. It’s the first meeting between the schools.
Here’s a look at what to expect out of the Bulldogs, who finished last season 11-21 and are projected to finish last in the Big South by Basketball Prospectus:
The “guarantee game” portion of the Indiana schedule rolls along this evening as the Hoosiers welcome Gardner-Webb for the Hoosier Invitational. And if the numbers bear out as expected, this one could be over quickly.
Gardner-Webb is likely the third weakest opponent on the schedule and their top player from a season ago, Jonathan Moore, graduated. A pair of newcomers, Wofford transfer Jason Dawson and freshman Max Landis, are the only two Bulldogs averaging in double figures through four games. Landis, a 6-foot-1 guard, is an Indianapolis native.
Laron Buggs, a senior guard, will likely start in the backcourt with Dawson and Landis. Buggs shot just 31.5 percent from 3-point range last season.
Up front, junior Stefon Johnson is one of the best in the Big South on the defensive glass, but doesn’t offer much offensively. Mike Byron, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, will likely draw the assignment of checking Cody Zeller.
Notes, quotes and observations from Saturday night’s 94-65 win over Savannah State:
Indiana is 4-0 for the second consecutive season. But this 4-0 start feels different than a year ago. The Hoosiers are dominating teams they should be dominating. And the one major ingredient that has changed from a year ago is Cody Zeller.
Tom Crean was asked to quantify how much better Zeller, who finished his fourth collegiate game with 23 points, makes his team following IU’s rout of Savannah State.
“No, I can’t (quantify). That’s nothing I really think about,” Crean said. “Cody is a really good player and we have some other really good players that are really developing a synergy and a togetherness.
“It goes back to what I’ve always said about Cody. I said when we signed him, and I’ve seen nothing that leads us to believe any differently and everything gets based on this, you can go at him and you can play through him. When you have a player like that it makes everybody better. so in answer to your question, that’s probably the best way for us to put it.”
GETTING TO THE LINE
As Ryan pointed out in The Minute After, Indiana got to the line at a ridiculous clip on Saturday night. The Hoosiers shot 47 free throws, which nearly matched their 49 field goal attempts.
Take a picture of the box score as a free throw rate that high is unlikely to happen again all season. And while Saturday may have been an aberration, Crean was still happy with Indiana’s early progress in getting to the line.
Watch and listen to the postgame comments of Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey, as well as head coach Tom Crean, following Indiana’s 94-65 win over Savannah State on Saturday at Assembly Hall:
Check out 18 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 94-65 win over Savannah State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.