Men's Basketball

    Indiana Opens Big Ten Season at No. 6 Ohio State

    Go Hoosiers! Junior forward D.J. White and the Hoosiers open Big Ten play at No. 6 Ohio State on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior forward D.J. White and the Hoosiers open Big Ten play at No. 6 Ohio State on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 1, 2007

    Ohio State Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team (9-3) brings a four-game winning streak into its Big Ten opener at No. 6/6 Ohio State (11-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. EST. This is the lone meeting between the two schools this regular season and the first of the new year for both clubs. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call.

    It's last time out, two Hoosiers scored in double figures as Indiana defeated Ball State, 71-57, on Branch McCracken Court on Saturday, Dec. 30. The win closed out the Hoosiers' non-conference schedule and improved IU to 9-3 overall and 7-0 on its home court.

    Junior D.J. White netted 16 points, as he sank 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Senior Roderick Wilmont scored 12 points and added a team-high seven rebounds.

    Down 16-11 with 12:25 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers put together a 23-6 run sparked by an Armon Bassett layup at the 12:08 mark to take a 34-22 lead into the break. Indiana's run included 12 unanswered points in the final 6:17 of the half.

    The Hoosiers shot 43.1 percent (25-of-86) from the field and 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line (14-of-20) while holding Ball State to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) shooting from the floor. The Cardinals held a 38-35 advantage on the boards, but Indiana's bench outscored the Cardinals, 21-1.

    On The Air
    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    The Indiana-Ohio State Series
    Indiana and Ohio State face off for the 171st time overall and the only time this regular season on Tuesday evening. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 99-71, but the Buckeyes hold a 48-34 edge in Columbus.

    The teams met twice last season, as Indiana took the regular-season meeting 81-79 in Bloomington before falling 52-51 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

    Scouting Ohio State
    Ohio State owns an 11-2 record and a perfect 9-0 mark at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes lone losses came on the road to North Carolina (98-89) and Florida (86-60).

    Four Buckeye players average double figures led by freshmen Daequan Cook and Greg Oden. Cook leads the team with 15.9 points in just 22.9 minutes off the bench. The 6-5 guard is shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and 50.9 percent from 3-point range. Oden averages 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in his six contests since returning from an injury to his right wrist. The 7-0 man in the middle has hit 70.8 percent of his shots and has blocked 3.7 shots per game.

    Senior guard Ron Lewis (13.6) and senior forward Ivan Harris (10.7) join Cook and Oden in double digits, while freshman guard Mike Conley Jr. averages 9.5 points and 6.3 assists per game.

    Thad Matta is in his third season at the helm of the Ohio State program. Matta owns a 57-20 (.740) record in Columbus and a 159-51 (.757) mark in his seventh overall season. After spending the 2000-01 season at Butler, Matta moved on to Xavier from 2002-04.

    Ohio State Last Time Out
    Greg Oden had his best collegiate game with 18 points and 16 rebounds and fellow freshman Daequan Cook led No. 6 Ohio State with a career-high 23 points in a 91-54 victory over Coppin State on Dec. 30.

    Oden was 7-of-8 from the field - most of his baskets came on dunks - and was just 4-of-10 on free throws while continuing to shoot left-handed at the line. He is still recovering from surgery in June to repair ligament damage in his right wrist.

    The 18 points matched his best total in his five previous games, while he easily exceeded the 11 rebounds he had against Cincinnati.

    Cook, the Buckeyes' leading scorer with a 15.3-point average despite never starting a game, eclipsed the 22 points he had against Eastern Kentucky.

    Last Time vs. Ohio State
    J.J. Sullinger had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Matt Sylvester made a layup with 37.4 seconds left to lead No. 7 Ohio State to its first Big Ten tournament championship game since 2003 with a 52-51 victory over Indiana on March 11, 2006.

    Ohio State (25-4), the regular-season conference champion, faces No. 20 Iowa in the title game. The top two seeds will meet for only the second time ever in the championship game.

    Roderick Wilmont led Indiana (18-11) with 16 points but he missed a short jumper at the buzzer that would have won it. The loss ended Indiana's five-game winning streak. Marco Killingsworth had 10 points and 10 rebounds but also missed a short hook shot with about 5 seconds left that would have given the Hoosiers the lead.

    Big Ten Openers
    The last time Indiana and Ohio State opened the Big Ten season in Columbus came on Jan. 4, 1990 - a 69-67 OSU victory. IU last won a league road opener at Northwestern, 59-44, on Jan. 2, 2002 and has split its last 10 conference debuts. Head Coach Kelvin Sampson will get his first taste of Big Ten basketball and looks to become the first Hoosier coach since Branch McCracken in 1938 to win his league debut. McCracken defeated Michigan State, 37-33, on New Year's Eve in East Lansing that season.

    Playing Smart
    Beginning with its school-record setting three turnovers against Western Illinois, Indiana has a 1.67 assist/turnover ratio (85-51) in its last six ballgames. Three times the Hoosiers have kept their miscues under double figures in the six games, and they recorded a season-best 20 assists to just nine turnovers vs. IUPUI. Through the first six games, IU held a 1.05 ratio, turning it over 102 times to just 108 assists.

    Earl The Pearl
    After coming off the bench with 25 active minutes at Kentucky, senior guard Earl Calloway has responded to Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's challenge of putting consecutive productive games together and has earned starts the last four outings. In the four games since the UK game, Calloway leads the club with 13.5 points per game, averaged 28.0 minutes, shot 48.4 percent from the floor, 84.0 percent from the foul line and added nine rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals and three blocks.

    The Atlanta native carded back-to-back 20-point games against Western Michigan and IUPUI, the second and third times he has reached 20 in his career. Calloway scored 21 vs. IUPUI, including 17 in the first half, on the heels of a 20-point effort against Western Michigan. He recorded 18 of his points from the charity strip (in 21 attempts, 85.7 percent) and shot 61.1 percent (11-for-18).

    'Tis The Season
    The Hoosiers opened the month of December with a 74-57 win over Charlotte and never slowed down the rest of the month. Indiana won six of its seven December games, including the last four, and outscored its opponents 73.0-55.1. Defensively, IU held its opponents to 37.3 percent shooting and 29.1 percent from 3-point range.

    En route to a 3-2 mark in November, the Hoosiers allowed 63.0 points, 39.6 percent shooting from the floor and 29.7 from beyond the arc.

    Block Party
    Led by junior forward D.J. White's Big Ten-leading 2.67 blocks per game, the Hoosiers are averaging 5.67 blocks per game. Indiana sits fourth in the league and registered eight against Ball State - the fifth time IU has recorded at least eight in a game. Opponents are only averaging 2.67 blocks against the Hoosiers.




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