Didn’t I just do one of these Iowa-Indiana deals last week?
Anyway, on with the Fun Facts, some of which are a week old and some of which are making their first appearance here:
1. This ends a streak of three straight road games for Indiana. It is the only team in the Big Ten that will play three straight conference games on the road.
2. Indiana is basketball-rich, but the Hoosiers’ three freshmen starters — Stanford Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams — are from Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia.
3. Indiana guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was the Big Ten’s leading scorer when Indiana was supposed to play Iowa last Tuesday. Now, he’s second to Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, though Petteway was “held” to 13 points in the Huskers’ 60-49 loss at Illinois Wednesday.
4. Ferrell got his nickname at a young age from his mother because the boy had a voracious appetite. Much like Yogi Bear, the cartoon character who was fond of swiping picnic baskets in Jellystone Park.
5. When Ferrell was a 10-year-old, The Hoop Scoop newsletter ranked the 4-foot-11 kid from Indianapolis as the nation’s best fourth-grade basketball player.
6. Actor Will Ferrell’s three sons are named Mattias, Magnus and Axel.
7. With a win, Iowa will have hit the 20-victory mark in February for the tenth time.
8. In last year’s Iowa-Indiana game in Bloomington the teams were a combined 3-of-27 from 3-point range.
9. Iowa’s Devyn Marble is the only Big Ten player to scored 10 or more points in every conference game he has played this season. Ferrell is one point shy, having scored 9 against Northwestern on Jan. 18.
10. Iowa has four Big Ten road wins. The last time it got five was 1998.
12. Indiana freshman center Noah Vonleh is 15-of-27 from 3-point range. Iowa centers Adam Woodbury and Gabe Olaseni are a combined 0-for-0. More importantly for Indiana, Vonleh leads the Big Ten in rebounding.
13. Iowa hasn’t lost three straight games since it dropped six in a row late in the season three years ago.
14. Road teams are 34-42 in Big Ten conference games.
15. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Hoosiers are 6-0 in games with a one-day prep. The Hoosiers had one day to prepare for this game. So did Iowa.
16. John Mellencamp, who provided the lead gift for Hoosier athletics’ John Mellencamp Pavilion, graduated from Vincennes University. Mellencamp is also a Duke fan, since his son is a walk-on linebacker there. Mellencamp presented Duke’s ceremonial game ball at the Chick-fil-A Bowl shortly before kickoff.
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