Jan. 5, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana men's basketball team returns to Branch McCracken Court for its Big Ten home opener on Sunday, Jan. 7, when it takes on Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. EST. This marks the 103rd overall meeting between the two clubs, with IU holding a 62-41 advantage, including a 40-10 mark in Bloomington.
In its conference opener, four players scored in double figures as Indiana dropped a closely contested contest to No. 6/6 Ohio State, 74-67, on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Redshirt freshman guard Joey Shaw led the Hoosiers with a career-high 16 points. Freshman guard Armon Bassett tallied 13, while junior forward D.J. White netted 11 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds. Junior forward Lance Stemler also scored 11 points.
In a game that featured 11 lead changes and 10 ties, neither team was able to pull out to a lead of larger than eight points and the momentum swung back and forth throughout the contest. With five minutes remaining and Ohio State up 61-60, the Buckeyes went on a 13-7 run to close out the game and seal the victory.
Shaw was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc on the night. In all, the Hoosiers totaled 12 3-pointers and shot a season-best 54.5 percent from downtown. Additionally, Bassett was 3-of-4 and Stemler went 3-of-5 beyond the arc.
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-Michigan State game will be televised nationally on CBS, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Billy Packer (analyst) on the call.
The Indiana-Michigan State Series
Indiana and Michigan State meet for the 103rd time overall and the first of two times this season on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 62-41, and hold a 40-10 advantage in Bloomington.
The teams met twice last season, with Indiana securing a 78-71 win in Bloomington on Feb. 26 and Michigan State earning an 87-73 victory in East Lansing on Jan. 11.
Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State saw its seven-game winning streak snapped against Iowa in its Big Ten opener on Nov. 4. The Spartans are currently ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Their other two losses came against Maryland (Nov. 17), and Boston College (Nov. 29). Its biggest win this year was a 63-61 victory over Texas, which is currently receiving votes in both NCAA polls.
The Spartans are led by Drew Neitzel, who is averaging 18.4 points per game. Raymar Morgan is also in double figures with 11.7 points per game. Goran Suton has a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game, while Marquise Gray is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Tom Izzo is in his 12th season at Michigan State. He led the Spartans to the NCAA title in 2000.
Michigan State Last Time Out
Unranked Iowa defeated No. 24 Michigan State 2-60 in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Drew Neitzel hit a pair of free throws to bring Michigan State within 57-55 with 40 seconds left. The Hawkeyes put Mike Henderson on the free throw line, where he knocked in a pair to push Iowa's lead back to four.
Goran Suton scored with 29.6 seconds left to make it 59-57. Henderson missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving the Spartans a chance to tie with a 3. But Neitzel's 3-point try shot bounced off the rim and Iowa grabbed the rebound.
Henderson's free throws with six seconds left sealed the win for the Hawkeyes, though Neitzel hit a long 3-pointer as time expired.
Neitzel scored 20 to lead Michigan State.
Last Time vs. Michigan State
On Senior Day, the Indiana men's basketball team received important contributions from a number of players on its way to an exciting 78-71 win over No. 18/16 Michigan State on Feb. 26, 2006. Seniors Marco Killingsworth, Sean Kline, Lewis Monroe and Marshall Strickland were honored before and after the contest.
Sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden led the Hoosiers in points (21), rebounds (10) and assists (5). It marked the second time this season and in his Hoosier career that he recorded a double-double. Killingsworth finished with 18 points, while Strickland capped his home IU career with 16 points, four rebounds and a trio of assists in 39 minutes of action. Junior guard Errek Suhr finished with nine points and had some key plays down the stretch.
Indiana finished the game .456 (26-of-57) from the field, including 17-of-34 (.500) in the opening half. The Hoosiers also knocked down nine 3-point field goals and went 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. The Spartans were 27-of-55 (.491) from the floor and outrebounded IU, 31-29.
Six Years Ago...
The last time Indiana welcomed Michigan State to Branch McCracken Court for its Big Ten home opener, the Hoosiers stunned the top-ranked Spartans, 59-58, on Jan. 7, 2001. Kirk Haston buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to beat the buzzer and pull off the upset. It marked the Hoosiers' first win over a No. 1 team since Indiana spilled Kentucky in the 1993-94 season at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Big Ten Home Openers
Indiana has won eight straight Big Ten home openers, with its last lost coming to No. 14 Iowa, 89-76, on New Year's Eve, 1997. The Hoosiers own a 30-5 mark (.853) in home conference openers since the inception of Assembly Hall prior to the 1971-72 season.
Getting their first taste of Big Ten action, freshmen Armon Bassett and Joey Show combined for 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting (7-of-11 from 3-point range) in 61 minutes of play. Shaw, a redshirt freshman, carded a career-high 16 points before fouling out in 23 minutes. Bassett, a true freshman, added 13 along with four rebounds and two assists in a career-best and game-high 38 minutes.
Defending The Trey
Ohio State entered Tuesday evening's ballgame hitting 40.1 percent from the 3-point line, and the Indiana defense entered the game holding opponents to a Big Ten-leading 29.4 percent from downtown. The Hoosiers ended up stifling the Buckeyes to just 26.7 percent on 4-of-15 shooting - their second-lowest percentage this season - to lower their season total to 29.2 percent.
Shooting The Trey
Conversely, the Hoosiers hit a season-high 54.5 percent from beyond the arc on 12-of-22 shooting. The 12 3-pointers are the second-highest total this season behind the 13 treys Indiana hit against Western Illinois.
Beginning with its school-record setting three turnovers against Western Illinois, Indiana has a 1.61 assist/turnover ratio (98-61) in its last seven 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.
Although Ohio State enjoyed a 35-11 advantage at the free throw line, Indiana did hit all of its attempts. The last time an Indiana team hit every free throw attempt (min. 10 attempts) came on March 7, 1987. In that game, also against the Buckeyes, the Hoosiers went a perfect 18-for-18.
The Hoosiers four losses have come by a combined 20 points (5.0 per game), with three sustained on the road (Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State) and one in a neutral setting (Butler). Duke (5/5), Ohio State (6/6) and Butler (13/13) each appear in the current top 25, while Kentucky is receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.