1. After Sunday's narrow road win at Penn State, Indiana is now 15-1 (3-1), and only trails Michigan State (3-0) in the Big Ten. This was their fourth true road game of the season (3-1). In Tom Crean's first three seasons at Indiana the Hoosiers reached a similar point in their schedule at 5-11 (0-4), 7-9 (1-3) and 9-8 (0-4). The last time they began a Big Ten season this well was in Kelvin Sampson's final year (2007-08) when IU won their first six conference games. That year they lost to Penn State in their regular season finale. They lost to Minnesota in their Big Ten Tournament opener. And they lost to Arkansas to kick off the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers next get Minnesota at home before traveling to Ohio State.
2. Indiana's Mr Basketball in 2009, Jordan Hulls entered the IU program as one of the top rated PGs in the nation. He led his team to a perfect season and the Class 4A State Title, and became the 25th Indiana Mr Basketball to commit to the Hoosiers. He was so beloved in Bloomington that May 5th, 2009 was named Jordan Hulls Day by Mayor Mark Kruzan.
Oh, and he can shoot.
As a freshman Hulls knocked down 40% of his 3s. As a sophomore that went to 44%. As a junior he entered today's game shooting 55% from beyond the arc, and promptly canned 7-9 against Penn State (bumping his season average to 58%). His 28 points were a career high, but not the 7 3-pointers. As a freshman he hit 8 in an overtime win over Northwestern (accounting for all 24 of his points that day).
3. Jordan Hulls isn't the only three point threat for the Hoosiers. The rest of the team made 9-15 (60%). Matt Roth made 5-6 and now is shooting 58% on the season. Indiana entered the game shooting 45.6% from deep (3rd in the nation) and exited the game at 47.6% (1st in the nation).
4. Tim Frazier has been asked to do everything for Penn State. He's been on the court for 89.5% of Penn State's minutes. Listing the stats for which he's the team leader is a time consuming task. It's easier to list what he doesn't lead the team in: blocked shots. Against Indiana he took 39% of the team's shots, 28% of the free throws, recorded 7 of 13 assists, and fouled out for good measure. He finished with an inefficient 21 points in 38 minutes.
5. Penn State, which is 239th nationally at getting to the line, attempted 25 free throws versus Indiana, which is a 39% increase over their season average. Once this season they've scored more than today (21) from the line. That was in their win over Cornell in which they went 30 times and made 22. In today's whistle-happy game the team's combined for 57 FTAs, which is the most for any Penn State game this season.