Hoosiers Begin Homestand With Penn State
Jan. 18, 2008
#9/#10 Indiana (15-1, 4-0) vs. Penn State (10-6, 2-2)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked ninth in the AP Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and will begin a three-game homestand when it hosts Penn State. IU has won its last 11 games, the longest winning streak during Kelvin Sampson's two-year tenure, and is coming off a 65-60 win at Minnesota. The Nittany Lions are coming off an 80-55 loss at home to Wisconsin. The Hoosiers have an 11-game winning streak or better for the 16th time in school history and are enjoying their longest continuous string of success since they won 13 in a row in the 1992-93 season. Indiana is 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2001-02, when it started 4-0 in conference play en route to a national championship game appearance that season. Indiana's 15-1 start is the best run to open a season since the 1990-91 team opened the year with a 16-1 mark. The Hoosiers own the fourth longest home court winning streak in the nation at 27 and are 14-0 against Penn State in Assembly Hall. Last year, Indiana defeated Penn State, 94-63 at home and 84-74 in University Park.
Two-time National Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson was named the 26th head coach in Indiana University history on March 29, 2006 and is in his second year with the Hoosiers and 25th as a collegiate head coach. He has notched 16 20-plus win seasons and is 491-269 (.645), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 36-12 (.750) in two seasons and is 25-0 at Assembly Hall, tying Branch McCracken who held the record for most consecutive wins at home to start a career with 25 from 1938-41. Both of Sampson's Hoosier teams have been nationally ranked. This year, the Hoosiers have been ranked as high as eighth in the country, while last year, they climbed to #19.
Coach Ed Dechellis is in his fifth year at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 on the road this season in Big Ten play with wins at Northwestern and Illinois.
The Hoosiers will host Iowa (January 23) and UConn (January 26). The Hoosiers return to the road on January 31 for a game at Wisconsin.
Minnesota Post Game Notes
Indiana's 15-1 start is the best run to open a season since the 1990-91 team opened the year with a 16-1 mark.
IU has reeled off 11 consecutive victories, its longest string since winning 13 straight during the 1992-93 campaign.
The Hoosiers now lead the all-time series over the Golden Gophers 87-63, including victories in the last two meetings. The last time Indiana earned a victory in Minneapolis came on Jan. 24, 2004, an 86-81 overtime triumph.
With its victory over Minnesota, Indiana is a perfect 4-0 to kick off Big Ten play. It marks the first time a Hoosier team has started 4-0 since the 2001-02 team also won its first four ballgames en route to a national championship game appearance.
The Hoosiers have won their first three Big Ten road games for the first time since the 1992-93 squad reeled off six straight to open conference play. That team finished the league road season with an 8-1 mark.
Indiana is a perfect 4-0 overall on the road and dating back to last season, it has captured five straight away from Bloomington and its last four league games.
Senior forward D.J. White secured his 11th double-double in 12 games with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. White shot 7-of-12 from the field and added a pair of blocks. He came into the game averaging 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds.
Trailing 27-21 with 6:36 remaining in the first half, the Hoosiers ran off the next 17 points over a 4:20 stretch to build a 38-27 advantage. Indiana took a 40-32 edge into the break.
IU scored the game's final seven points. Minnesota held a 60-58 lead with 1:49 remaining before senior forward Lance Stemler nailed a game-winning trey at the 1:28 mark. Freshman guard Eric Gordon and Stemler each nailed a pair from the charity stripe to cap the run and seal the victory.
The Hoosiers are now 12-0 when entering halftime with a lead.
Freshman guard Jordan Crawford reached the double-digit mark for the 10th time this season. Crawford poured in 16 points, including a career-best four three-pointers, and added six rebounds. The Detroit native hit all four trifectas and scored 14 of his points in the first stanza.
Freshman guard Eric Gordon reached double digits for the 15th time in 16 games, scoring 12 points despite picking up two fouls in the first 2:28 and playing only nine first-half minutes.
Although Indiana attempted only 14 free throws, it hit 12 of those attempts (85.7 percent). The Hoosiers are now 11-1 when besting 70 percent from the charity stripe. In contrast, the Golden Gophers missed 10 of their 21 attempts, shooting 52.4 percent.
The Hoosiers outshot the Golden Gophers from the floor 46.8-39.7 and held a decisive advantage on the boards 42-26. Indiana is 11-1 when outrebounding its opponent and a perfect 14-0 when shooting over 40 percent from the floor.
Indiana shot 40.9 percent from behind the arc, knocking down 9-of-22 treys. IU is 7-0 when sinking at least eight threes this season.
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