Before each game this season, AllHoosiers.com will take a look into numbers that have an impact on the upcoming contest. Here are the digits that stand out in the match-up against Syracuse.
Number- 1: This is the first time a game in the series between Indiana and Syracuse has not been played on a neutral court. The teams have played against each other in places like New Orleans, Maui, and Washington D.C. This is also the first year Syracuse is a part of the ACC.
Number- 3:The number of dunks Indiana is averaging per game. Syracuse is just slightly leading the Hoosiers in this category, averaging 3.7 per game. Noah Vonleh, Rakeem Christmas, and Jerami Grant are all tied in leading their teams with 7 apiece.
Number- 4: This is the fourth time during head coach Tom Crean's tenure at Indiana that the Hoosiers have played on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It also happens to the number of losses Indiana has in their current losing streak to the Orange. The last time the Hoosiers won was in the 1987 NCAA title game, where Keith Smart hit the game-winning shot as time expired.
Number- 14.2:This is the rebounding differential between the two teams' averages. Syracuse is averaging 36.1 RPG, while the Hoosiers have been demolishing opponents on the boards, hauling in 50.3 per game. Expect the margin to be a bit closer than this, but with the likes of Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams, and Devin Davis, don't be surprised if the Hoosiers still come out on top in the rebounding battle.
Number- 41.1:The average amount of points Indiana scores in the paint. With Syracuse's length and their well-coached 2-3 zone, the Orange are only allowing 64.1 total points per game. The Hoosiers will need to figure out how to maneuver around the defense to get good shots closer to the rim, as their shooting percentage from beyond the arc is a dismal 28 percent.