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 Oakland.
Number- 7: The losing streak Oakland suffered to begin the season. Among those losses were three ranked opponents: North Carolina, Gonzaga, and UCLA. Since losing to Western Michigan, Oakland has won their last two, riding their turn of fortune into Assembly Hall.
Number- 28: During its current two-game winning streak, Oakland is going to the free throw line an average of 28 times, suggesting the team is attacking the basket more than it was during its first seven games, when it was only averaging 18 trips to the line per game, while allowing its opponents 30.
Number- 62 The streak of games that Golden Grizzly Travis Bader has made a three-point field goal. This is the best streak of its kind in the country, and one has to go back to 2011 before finding a game in which Bader didn't hit a three. Indiana head coach Tom Crean likened Bader to Syracuse's Trevor Cooney, who torched the Hoosiers on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc in the 69-52 loss to the Orange.
Number- 82.9:This is percentage of offense that comes from the starting five of the Grizzlies. While the lineup has been shifted around at times, it still shows that for Oakland to stay with opponents, the first five on the court must be able to produce. This doesn't bode well for the visitors coming to Bloomington, as the reserves for the Hoosiers can be productive in their own right, showcased by Evan Gordon's 15 points off the bench in the win over North Florida.