Indiana Postgame Notes vs. Illinois
Jan. 13, 2008
Indiana Game Notes
Indiana now leads the all-time series against the Illini 82-77.
The Hoosiers have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams in Bloomington.
Indiana extended its home-court winning streak to 27 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the country and in school history. Kelvin Sampson improved to 25-0 in Assembly Hall, matching Branch McCracken's school record for most consecutive home wins to start a career.
The Hoosiers have a 10-game winning streak for the 22nd time in school history. The current streak is the longest since IU won 13 in a row in 1992-93.
Indiana is 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2001-02, when it started 4-0 in conference play en route to a national championship game appearance that season.
After the Illini hit their first six shots of the game to take a 13-4 lead, the Hoosier defense held them 0-for-7 over the next 3:58 to put together a 11-0 run and take a 15-13 lead.
Midway through the second half, the Hoosiers switched to a four-guard set and promptly went on a 10-0 run to turn a 45-39 Illini lead into a 49-45 edge for the home team over a three-minute stretch. The Hoosiers held Illinois without a field goal between the 13:22 and 5:53 marks of the second half, as U of I shot 0-for-6 over that stretch.
For the third consecutive game between the two teams, the margin of victory was four points. The Hoosiers won 65-61 on Feb. 12, 2007, and Illinois took a 58-54 decision on March 9, 2007.
D.J. White notched his fourth consecutive double-double for the Hoosiers, scoring 15 points and adding 10 rebounds. Over the last 11 games, White has notched 10 double-doubles and has averaged 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Hoosiers, including a 8-for-10 performance from the free-throw line. It marked the fourth time in the last five games that Gordon has gone to the line 10 or more times.
After missing the Michigan game with an injury, Armon Bassett returned to action for the Hoosiers and had 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting in the game. All 11 of his points came in the second half. His 3-pointer in the final minute gave IU a crucial 60-55 lead and he added a pair of free throws with two seconds left to seal the Hoosier victory.
Mike White was a dominant force on the boards in the first half, grabbing five rebounds including three on the offensive glass. The senior finished with four points and six rebounds in the game.
A.J. Ratliff had a season-high seven points for Indiana, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and adding three rebounds in the game. Ratliff added a crucial block and a steal on Illinois' last possession, swatting Demetri McCamey to preserve the Hoosier win.
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