Hoosiers Return Home to Host Hawkeyes
Jan. 16, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana men's basketball team looks to make it a perfect 10-0 on Branch McCracken Court this season when it hosts Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 16. IU holds a 90-67 advantage in the all-time series, including a 52-26 edge in Bloomington. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call.
Last Time Out
Roderick Wilmont led the way for the Hoosiers, setting career highs in both points and rebounds with 25 and 12, respectively, for his second double-double of the year. Wilmont went 9-for-23 in the game, including 7-for-17 from 3-point land. He had 20 points in the first half on 6-for-12 shooting from downtown, becoming the first Hoosier to score 20 in a half since Marco Killingsworth had 20 in the second half against Illinois on Jan. 17, 2006.
D.J. White had a double-double for IU with 14 points and 11 rebounds, marking his fourth of the season. A.J. Ratliff and Armon Bassett had 14 points apiece, with both doing the bulk of their scoring in the second half. Earl Calloway added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. It is the fourth time this year that IU has placed five players in double figures, and the Hoosiers are 4-0 in those contests.
On The Air
The Indiana-Iowa Series
The Hawkeyes pulled out a 70-67 win in Bloomington on Feb. 11 last season following a 73-60 victory in Iowa City on Jan. 24.
Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Iowa:
Date Outcome Location
Senior guard Adam Haluska leads Iowa and the Big Ten with 20.3 points per game. He has started all 17 games this season and is averaging a team-best 33.6 minutes to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Freshman forward Tyler Smith has started 15 games and is contributing 15 points each time out. Smith is shooting 47.1 percent from the field in addition to posting 4.6 boards and 3.5 assists per contest.
Steve Alford is in his eighth season as head coach at Iowa. Alford enjoys a 145-99 record in Iowa City and is 301-176 in his 16th overall year as a head coach. He has engineered Iowa to six straight winning seasons, which is the second-longest consecutive streak in school history.
Wilmont kept the Hoosiers in the game in the opening 20 minutes, recording 20 of the team's 40 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. The last time a Hoosier scored 20 points in a half came on Jan. 17, 2006, when Marco Killingsworth went for 20 vs. Illinois. Wilmont also became the first IU player to ring up six 3s in a half since Bracey Wright did so in the first 20 minutes on Dec. 29, 2003 at North Texas.
With his 12 boards, Wilmont moved his rebounding average to 6.4. He came into his senior season averaging 3.0 per game his first three seasons. Wilmont has recorded four double-digit rebounding games this season and is fourth in the Big Ten with 6.8 boards in conference play.
Double Your Pleasure
Tale Of Two Halves
In the second stanza, IU outscored the Nittany Lions, 44-33, holding PSU to 34.4 percent shooting and 14.3 from deep (1-of-7). Meanwhile, Indiana trimmed its turnovers to three, got a lift from its bench (15-2 edge) and hit 10-of-14 free throws (71.4 percent).
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