Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A first with Indiana vs. MSU in top 10
By ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Cal Sport MediaNo. 1 Indiana and No. 4 Michigan State take the floor Tuesday night at the Breslin Center (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), meeting for the 115th time. But it will be the first time both teams are ranked in the top 10.
In an Indiana win on Jan. 27, the Hoosiers scored 26 points off 19 Michigan State turnovers.
In a season that has seen Big Ten teams flood the top 10 of the rankings, top-10 matchups are nothing new for either team. In fact, each team probably welcomes the sight of a top-10 opponent.
Michigan State won its top-10 showdown this season against No. 4 Michigan, beating the Wolverines by 23 points. Indiana is 3-0 in top-10 matchups this season, winning each by at least seven points.
The Hoosiers need to continue that trend if they hope to reverse another one, namely a 17-game losing streak at the Breslin Center.
It has been so long since Indiana won there, that the last time it happened in 1991 ...
• Tom Izzo was an assistant coach at Michigan State under Jud Heathcote.
• Tom Crean was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky.
• Bob Knight won his 557th career game.
• Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Michigan State’s Keith Appling weren’t born yet.
Hoosiers in search of turnovers
When Indiana beat Michigan State 75-70 on Jan. 27, it did so by forcing turnovers. Indiana scored 26 points off 19 Michigan State turnovers, the most points off turnovers the Spartans have allowed in a game this season.
Michigan State has turned over the ball on 20.6 percent of its possessions this season, the second-highest rate in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 11-0 this season when they turn over the ball on less than 20 percent of their possessions.
Transition points have keyed Indiana offense
Indiana is outscoring its opponents in transition by 10.4 points per game, the second-highest differential in the country (BYU, 13.1). Indiana was plus-19 in transition points in its 28-point win Saturday against Purdue.
But that game was at home. Indiana hasn't been as adept at getting transition points on the road, something Michigan State will look to continue. The Hoosiers are averaging 5.8 more transition plays and 8.4 more points per game at Assembly Hall than they are on the road. Indiana has yet to score more than 15 transition points in any game away from Bloomington this season.