Indiana Opens Big Ten Season at No. 6 Ohio State
Jan. 1, 2007
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.
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-Ohio State Series
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
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
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
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
Earl The Pearl
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
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.
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