Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Return Home to Host Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Junior guard A.J. Ratliff has averaged 15.0 points per game since returning from injury against Purdue.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior guard A.J. Ratliff has averaged 15.0 points per game since returning from injury against Purdue.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 16, 2007

    Iowa Game Notes (1-16-07)
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    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
    Five players scored in double figures as Indiana earned an 84-74 road win over Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 13. The victory was IU's first on the road this season.

    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 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-Iowa Series
    Indiana holds a 90-67 lead in the all-time series against Iowa, including a 52-26 edge in Bloomington. However, the Hawkeyes have won the last four meetings between the teams, including their last two trips to Assembly Hall. Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has never faced Iowa.

    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
    March 1, 2003 W, 91-88 (OT) Bloomington
    Feb. 7, 2004 L, 84-82 Bloomington
    Jan. 29, 2005 L, 72-57 Iowa City
    Jan. 24, 2006 L, 73-60 Iowa City
    Feb. 11, 2006 L, 70-67 Bloomington

    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa heads into Tuesday's ballgame at 10-7 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes have defeated Michigan State (62-60) and Minnesota (60-49) at home with a loss at Illinois (74-70) sandwiched in between.

    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.

    Hot Rod
    Senior guard Roderick Wilmont turned in a career day at Penn State. The Miramar, Fla., native set career highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of his career and this campaign. Wilmont hit 7-of-17 treys and pulled down five offensive rebounds in 37 minutes. His seven 3-pointers are the second most in a single game in IU history, while his 17 attempts are the most in Indiana lore.

    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
    Junior forward D.J. White and senior guard Roderick Wilmont registered double-doubles at Penn State. White netted 14 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth-career double-double (fourth this season), while Wilmont finished with career bests in points (25) and rebounds (12) for his second-career double-double. The last time Indiana had two players secure double-doubles in the same game came on Jan. 17, 2001, when Kirk Haston (22 points and 13 rebounds) and Jared Jeffries (15 and 17) pulled off the feat vs. PSU.

    Tale Of Two Halves
    Picking up its first road victory of the season, the Penn State game was a tale of two halves. PSU entered the locker room with a 41-40 lead after shooting 53.8 percent overall and 37.5 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers committed seven turnovers, produced five points off the bench and only attempted four free throws.

    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).

    Quick Starts
    With its 3-1 start in the Big Ten, Kelvin Sampson is the first Indiana head coach since Branch McCracken in 1938-39 to win three of his first four conference games. McCracken opened his first Big Ten campaign 9-1 before finishing 9-3.

    Getting Offensive
    En route to its 3-1 start in league play, the Indiana offense has picked up the pace. The Hoosiers lead the league averaging 77.2 points per game (72.6) and own the top spot in the conference at 82.4 percent from the charity stripe (67.1). IU is second in the league shooting 47.3 percent (44.9) and 41.9 percent from 3-point range (35.3). In taking care of the ball, the Hoosiers are second with 14.75 assists (13.5), a +2.75 turnover margin (+3.16) and a 1.40 assist/turnover ratio (1.01). The numbers in parenthesis show Indiana's averages in non-conference play.




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