Men's Basketball

    Rivals Get Together at Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Senior guard Rod Wilmont and the Hoosiers welcome in-state rival Purdue to Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior guard Rod Wilmont and the Hoosiers welcome in-state rival Purdue to Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 10, 2007

    Purdue Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team will look to extend its streak to 9-0 on Branch McCracken Court, as the Hoosiers and Purdue vie for half a point in the Crimson and Gold Cup on Wednesday, Jan. 10. This marks the 189th overall meeting between the two clubs. Purdue holds a 108-80 advantage in the series, although IU has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. Indiana also holds a 27-7 advantage in Assembly Hall.

    It's last time out, three Hoosiers scored in double figures as the Indiana men's basketball team opened the Big Ten home season with a 73-51 win over Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 7.

    Junior D.J. White led all players with 21 points, and he was followed by junior Lance Stemler with 16 points and senior Earl Calloway with 11. Stemler led the Hoosiers with seven rebounds.

    Up 27-21 with eight minutes left in the first half, a 14-4 Hoosier run gave Indiana a 35-23 lead with 2:16 left in the stanza. A Stemler 3-point play gave Indiana its largest lead of the half at 38-25 with 1:27 left. The Hoosiers went into the break with a 38-27 advantage. Michigan State would get no closer than seven points in the second half. Leading Spartan scorer Drew Neitzel, who came into the game averaging 18.4 points per game, was held to just 10 points in the game.

    The Indiana-Purdue Series
    Indiana and Purdue will meet for the 189th time overall and the first of two times this season on Wednesday evening. Purdue leads the all-time series 108-80, but Indiana has a 27-7 advantage in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won 10 of the last 12 games.

    IU has swept the season series the last two years. Last season, the Hoosiers won 62-49 in Bloomington on Jan. 21, and took a 70-59 win on March 1 in West Lafayette.

    Hoosiers Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has met the Boilermakers five times, compiling a 3-2 record in those games.

    Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Purdue:

    Date Outcome Location
    Feb. 14, 2004 L, 71-56 West Lafayette
    Jan. 15, 2005 W, 75-73 (2ot) West Lafayette
    Feb. 22, 2005 W, 79-62 Bloomington
    Jan. 21, 2006 W, 62-49 Bloomington
    March 1, 2006 W, 70-59 West Lafayette

    Scouting Purdue
    Purdue started the Big Ten season with a 1-1 record, falling at Minnesota, 65-59, on Jan. 3 before defeating Penn State, 64-60, on Jan. 6. The team is 12-4 on the season. The Boilermakers began the year at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, where they defeated Oklahoma (74-71) and DePaul (81-73), and fell to Georgia Tech (79-61).

    Carl Landry leads the Boilermakers with 19.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. He also has a team-high 14 blocks on the season and is shooting 62.9 percent from the field. David Teague is also in double figures with 12.1 points per game. He leads the team with 40 assists. Others who have been strong include Gordon Watt, with 9.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 10 blocks. Chris Kramer paces Purdue with 32 steals.

    Matt Painter is in his second season as the head coach at Purdue. He went 9-19 in his first season with the Boilermakers.

    Last Time vs. Purdue
    Marshall Strickland scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help Indiana beat Purdue 70-59 on March 1, 2006 for its third straight win. Robert Vaden added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.

    Gary Ware led Purdue (9-17, 3-12) with 16 points and Matt Kiefer added 13 in the Boilermakers' third straight loss.

    Indiana shot 71 percent in the second half after shooting 27 percent in the first.

    A late 3-point barrage by Indiana doomed the Boilermakers. Indiana led 51-48 with 5:30 left, but two 3-pointers by Vaden sandwiched around an NBA-range trey by Strickland gave Indiana a 62-53 lead with 1:45 remaining. The Hoosiers went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc in the second half.

    Indiana won its fourth in a row in the series. The Hoosiers won the first meeting of the season 62-49 in Bloomington.

    Purdue Last Time Out
    Carl Landry scored 24 points and David Teague added 20 as Purdue held off Penn State 64-60 on Saturday, Jan. 7.

    Danny Morrissey led Penn State with 21 points and made six of seven 3-pointers. Geary Claxton added eight points and 14 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten).

    As Penn State entered the final minute trailing 58-55, Morrissey tried to tie the game, but missed a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left. He fouled Teague, and Teague made one of two free throws to give Purdue a 59-55 lead.

    Free throws pushed Purdue's lead to 62-55 before Morrissey made another 3-pointer with eight seconds left, but Landry sealed the game with two free throws one second later.

    Getting Offensive
    Part of the reason for the lopsided shot advantage was a 12-5 edge in offensive rebounds against Michigan State. Joey Shaw (4) and Lance Stemler (3) led the charge on the offensive glass for the Hoosiers, as IU posted a 17-2 advantage in second-chance points over the Spartans. On two occasions, Stemler grabbed the second offensive rebound of a sequence and laid the ball off the glass for a key two points - both times in the second half.

    Closing In 1,600
    The Hoosiers are one victory away from reaching the 1,600-win benchmark. Only eight programs can boast that accomplishment, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's and Penn. Indiana owns a 1,599-869 (.648) all-time record in its 107th season of basketball.

    Defending The Trey
    Entering the game leading the Big Ten in 3-point field goal defense, the Hoosiers stymied its second straight Big Ten opponent from downtown. Indiana held Michigan State to 1-of-8 shooting on the heels of a 4-of-15 performance by Ohio State. The combined 5-of-23 shooting equates to a paltry 21.7 percent, which has lowered the Hoosiers Big-Ten leading total to 28.6 percent.

    Showing Some Swagger
    D.J. White put together a strong effort in the post against Michigan State, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, including 6-of-7 in the first half. White finished with 21 points in the contest, his third game with 20 points or more this year. White led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season and went 5-for-6 from the line.

    The Tuscaloosa, Ala., product leads the Hoosiers with 13.6 points, 7.3 boards (second in Big Ten), 2.43 blocks (first in Big Ten) and 29.8 minutes per tilt.




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