Men's Basketball

    Indiana Hits Road to Battle Penn State

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers look for their first road win of the campaign at Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers look for their first road win of the campaign at Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 12, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In search of its first win away from home, the Indiana men's basketball team (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten) hits the road for the second time this Big Ten season when it takes on Penn State (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten) at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tip is scheduled for 12:17 p.m. EST on ESPN Plus Regional, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (analyst) on the call.

    Its last time out, led by 16 points from A.J. Ratliff and a career-high 19 from Joey Shaw off the bench, Indiana tallied a decisive 85-58 win over arch-rival Purdue on Wednesday, Jan. 10 on Branch McCracken Court. The Hoosiers placed four players in double figures in the contest - the most lopsided victory in the series since a 106-65 win on Jan. 28, 1992 in Bloomington. The win was the 1,600th in program history for IU.

    Ratliff, who missed the Hoosiers' first two conference contests with a wrist injury, came off the bench to post an impressive 6-for-6 performance from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point land. Shaw was 5-for-6 from the field on the night, including a 2-for-2 effort from downtown. Earl Calloway (13) and Armon Bassett (11) also posted double-digit scoring in the victory.

    The Hoosier defense kept the Boilermakers at bay for the majority of the contest, forcing 18 Boiler turnovers and making 11 steals. D.J. White matched a career high with five blocks, all in the first half.

    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-Penn State game will be televised on ESPN Plus Regional, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (analyst) on the call.

    The Indiana-Penn State Series
    Indiana and Penn State will face off for the 28th time overall and the first of two times this season on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 24-3, including a 9-3 mark in University Park. Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has never met the Nittany Lions.

    The teams split the season series last year with each team holding serve on its home court. IU scored a 69-65 win in Bloomington on Feb. 22, while PSU pulled out a 71-68 victory on Feb. 15.

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

    Date Outcome Location
    March 13, 2003 W, 77-49 Chicago
    Feb. 11, 2004 W, 75-56 University Park
    Feb. 2, 2005 W, 68-63 Bloomington
    Feb. 15, 2006 L, 71-68 University Park
    Feb. 22, 2006 W, 69-65 Bloomington

    Penn State Last Time Out
    Penn State (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten) dropped a hardfought battle at Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 6, falling 64-60 in the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten road test.

    Danny Morrissey (Cleveland, Ohio) led a big second-half comeback for the Nittany Lions, hitting four of his career-high tying six 3s and scoring 15 of his team-high 21 points.

    Penn State had trouble containing the Boilermakers Carl Landry, as the 6-8 forward scored 24 points to lead Purdue and hit 9-of-10 free throws in the second half. David Teague also had a big game, hitting five 3s and pouring in 20 points.

    Scouting Penn State
    Penn State enters this afternoon's contest with a 10-5 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions are 10-2 on their home floor, including a resounding 83-57 victory over Northwestern on Jan. 3. PSU dropped a 64-60 contest in West Lafayette on Jan. 6 to Purdue its last time out.

    Sophomore guard Danny Morrissey earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors (Jan. 8) on the heels of junior guard Geary Claxton picking up league honors the previous week. Claxton leads the Nittany Lions with 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Morrissey is third on the team with 12.3 points per contest behind sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley. Cornley averages 13.6 points and 7.5 boards every time out.

    Ed DeChellis is in his fourth season at the helm of the Penn State program and his 11th year overall. DeChellis owns a 41-62 record with the Nittany Lions and a 146-155 overall mark.

    Last Time vs. Penn State
    A milestone performance from senior guard Marshall Strickland propelled Indiana past Penn State, 69-65, at Assembly Hall on Feb. 22, 2006. Strickland, who tallied a game-high 22 points, netted a career-high seven 3-pointers and became the 40th Hoosier to score 1,000 points in his career. IU moved to 13-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions in Bloomington.

    Strickland led Indiana in scoring with 22 points and four rebounds, while senior Marco Killingsworth scored 14 and hauled in eight rebounds. Guards A.J. Ratliff and Roderick Wilmont finished with seven boards apiece to help IU outrebound the Nittany Lions, 38-26.

    For the game, the Hoosiers shot 41 percent (21-of-51) from the field, 45 percent (15-of-33) from 3-point range and 75 percent (12-of-16) from the charity stripe. Additionally, the Indiana bench contributed 21 points, with 16 of those bench points coming from Wilmont and junior guard Errek Suhr who each netted eight.

    Shaw Stepping Up
    Playing in his first career Big Ten games this season, redshirt freshman guard Joey Shaw has played like a veteran. After setting a then-career high with 16 points at Ohio State, Shaw poured in 19 points against Purdue. In the two games, Shaw averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game, shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor, 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line. All of this has come in just 20.5 minutes of action.

    Win No. 1,600
    Indiana's win over Purdue marked the 1,600th victory for the program. Only eight other programs can boast that accomplishment, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's and Penn. Indiana owns a 1,600-869 (.648) all-time record in its 107th season of basketball.

    Rat Returns
    Sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff returned to the floor against Purdue after missing the previous two games with a wrist injury. After scoring just three points in the first half, he exploded in the second half with 13 to finish with 16 points. He went 6-of-6 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Ratliff has scored in double figures six times this season, and the Hoosiers own a perfect 6-0 mark in those contests.

    IU Is Red Hot
    Behind a season-high 68.0-percent shooting in the second half (17-of-25) vs. Purdue, the Hoosiers shot over 50 percent (56.9) from the floor for the fourth time this season and matched its season-best total set in their opener against Lafayette. The 68.0 percent is the highest field goal percentage in 20 minutes since IU shot 71.4 percent in the second half at Purdue on March 1, 2006. Indiana also poured in 51 second-half points, marking the third time this year it has posted at least 50 points in a half.

    Lopsided Victories
    With its 73-51 win against Michigan State and 85-58 victory against Purdue, Indiana won back-to-back Big Ten games by double figures for the first time since the 2002 Big Ten campaign. The margins of victory were the largest in the series against both teams since 1992. During that season, the Hoosiers defeated the Boilermakers, 106-65, on Jan. 28 and posted a 103-73 win over MSU on Feb. 19.




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