Jan. 19, 2007
Connecticut Game Notes in PDF Format (1-20-07)
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SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana men's basketball team heads to Hartford, Conn., for the second time in three seasons when it takes on Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 20. Winner of four straight and eight of its last nine, IU trails the all-time series against UConn, 4-2. Saturday afternoon marks the third consecutive season the teams have met.
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, D.J. White matched his career highs in points and rebounds, as Indiana won its fourth consecutive Big Ten contest with a 71-64 victory over Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 16 on Branch McCracken Court. White had 23 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double, as IU moved to 13-4 (4-1 Big Ten) with the victory.
Roderick Wilmont added 15 points for the Hoosiers, following up a career-high 25 scored at Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 13, while Armon Bassett scored in double figures for the third game in a row with 10 points. Earl Calloway posted eight points, eight assists and three steals, and White added a pair of blocks for the Hoosiers. Indiana shot 46 percent from the field, including a 14-for-27 (51.9 percent) effort in the second half.
IU entered the break with a 29-17 lead by holding the Hawks to just 7-for-22 from the field in the half and forcing 10 turnovers. The Hoosiers held Adam Haluska, the Big Ten's leading scorer, to 1-for-7 shooting with five points in the frame.
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-Connecticut game will be televised nationally on CBS, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg on the call.
THE INDIANA-CONNECTICUT SERIES
Indiana and Connecticut will meet for the third straight season and the seventh time overall, with the Huskies holding a 4-2 edge in the series. UConn has won the last three meetings between the two teams, including a 74-69 victory the last time the clubs got together in Hartford. Last season, IU fell to the top-ranked Huskies, 88-80, in Bloomington on Feb. 4, 2006.
Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson owns a 3-1 mark against Connecticut, including a 1-1 mark on the Huskies' home turf.
Connecticut had been ranked as high as No. 8 (ESPN/USA Today Poll) the week of Dec. 11, but has since dropped out of the rankings of both polls after dropping four of its last six games. UConn started the season 11-0, but has struggled since starting BIG EAST play. The Huskies' most recent loss came at No. 6/6 Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, 64-53. West Virginia, LSU and Marquette have also handed UConn losses over the past three weeks. The Huskies' most recent win was a 68-59 victory over St. John's on Jan. 13.
UConn is outscoring its opponents by a 17.7 point margin, led by Jeff Adrien, who sits atop the team with 13.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Jerome Dyson and A.J. Price are also averaging in double figures in scoring, with 12.4 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Dyson leads the team with 34 steals, while Price has a team-high 79 assists. Hasheem Thabeet has 69 blocks for the Huskies.
Jim Calhoun is in his 21st season as the head coach at UConn. He ranks among the top 15 in all-time Division I coaching win leaders, with 746 victories to his credit. Calhoun led the Huskies to NCAA titles in 1999 and 2004.
SHOWING SOME SWAGGER
Junior forward D.J. White carded his second straight double-double, tying career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Iowa. He hit 10-of-13 from the floor and added two blocks in 35 minutes. This came on the heels of a 14-point, 11-board performance at Penn State. White became the first Hoosier since Marco Killingsworth (March 10-11, 2006) to record back-to-back double-doubles and now has five this season and seven in his career.
In Big Ten play, the Tuscaloosa, Ala, native is showing why he was a preseason All-Big Ten selection, leading the team with 15.4 points, 7.4 rebounds (fourth in the league), 2.2 blocks (third) and is shooting 57.4 percent (fifth) in 31.4 minutes. He has recorded two 20-point games, four games in double figures and two 10-plus rebounding outings.
Overall, White leads the Hoosiers with 13.9 points, 7.5 boards (second in Big Ten), 2.53 blocks (first) and 30.1 minutes per tilt.
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.
In the Hoosiers' win over Iowa, Wilmont netted his ninth double-digit scoring game this season and the 25th of his career, as he poured in 15 points. Indiana is 7-2 when Wilmont hits 10 points and 19-6 in his career. Along with his recent scoring splurge, Wilmont is averaging 6.3 rebounds (13th in Big Ten). 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 eighth in the Big Ten with 6.4 boards in conference play.
Indiana held Iowa to just 17 points in the first half and 31.8 percent. It marked the fewest single-half points IU has held an opponent to since Dec. 19, 2004, when the Hoosiers limited Missouri to 16 points in the first half. Iowa was held without a field goal for 8:25 (15:42 to 7:17) and went 0-for-6 during the span. Additionally, Indiana corralled the Big Ten's leading scorer, Adam Haluska, to just five points on 1-of-7 shooting in the opening 20 minutes.
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, 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.
With its 4-1 start in the Big Ten, Kelvin Sampson is the first Indiana head coach since Branch McCracken in 1938-39 to win four of his first five conference games. McCracken opened his first Big Ten campaign 9-1 before finishing 9-3. Additionally, the Hoosiers have won four of their first five conference games in five straight seasons.
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. Up next, Ratliff added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc at Penn State. This marked the third time this season he's had back-to-back double-digit efforts. Ratliff has scored in double figures seven times this season, and the Hoosiers own a perfect 7-0 mark in those contests.
In his three games back - all Hoosier wins, Ratliff is averaging 12.7 points in 18.3 minutes. The Indianapolis native is shooting 70.0 percent (14-20), including 66.7 percent from 3-point range (10-15).