No.7/8 Hoosiers Host Iowa on Wednesday Night
Jan. 21, 2008
#7/8 Indiana (16-1, 5-0) vs. Iowa (9-10, 2-3)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked seventh by AP and eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Hoosiers will play the second of a three-game homestand when it hosts Iowa. IU has won its last 12 games, the longest winning streak during Kelvin Sampson's two-year tenure, and is coming off an 81-65 win at home over Penn State. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 68-60 win at Michigan. The Hoosiers have a 12-game winning streak or better for the 14th 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. At 5-0 in conference play, Indiana has its best opening in the league since the 1992-93 team started 11-0 in the conference en route to a Big Ten title. Indiana's 16-1 start is the best run to open a season since the 1990-91 team opened the year with an identical 16-1 mark. The Hoosiers own the fourth longest home court winning streak in the nation at 28 and have won five of seven against Iowa in Assembly Hall. Earlier this month, the Hoosiers built a 13-point second-half lead late before holding on for a 79-76 win in Iowa City on January 3.
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 492-269 (.647), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 37-12 (.754) in two seasons and is 26-0 at Assembly Hall, surpassing 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 are currently enjoying their highest ranking of the season, while last year, they climbed to #19.
Coach Todd Lickliter, an Indiana native, is in his first season as the head coach at Iowa after spending six seasons at Butler. His teams are 2-3 all-time against the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers will host a non-conference contest against UConn (January 26) for another "White Out Game" where all IU fans in attendance are asked to wear white. The Hoosiers return to the road on January 31 for a game at Wisconsin.
Penn State Post Game Notes
With the victory, the Hoosiers improved their winning streak to 12 games, the longest IU winning streak since a 13-game string in 1992-93.
The Hoosiers have now won 28 games in a row in Assembly Hall, the fourth-longest home-court winning streak in the nation. Kelvin Sampson improved to 26-0 in the venue, breaking Branch McCracken's record for consecutive home wins to start a career. McCracken won his first 25 from 1938-41.
At 16-1, Indiana is off to its best start since 1990-91, when the Hoosiers matched that mark. At 5-0 in conference play, Indiana has its best opening in conference play since the 1992-93 team started 11-0 in the conference en route to a Big Ten regular season title.
The Hoosiers improved to 27-3 all-time against the Nittany Lions and 15-0 against PSU in Assembly Hall.
Indiana improved to 29-1 when scoring 70 or more points under Kelvin Sampson. IU also moved to 28-3 when holding a lead at the half under the second year head coach.
D.J. White and Eric Gordon started out the game red hot for the Hoosiers, as Gordon went 3-for-4 out of the gate from 3-point land and White hit his first two shots. The duo combined to score 16 of Indiana's first 20 points.
After Penn State tied the score at 54-54 with 11:03 to play, the Hoosiers went on a 27-6 run to open up an 81-60 lead with 2:13 to play. The Hoosiers went 10-for-12 from the field over that span, including a 4-for-4 performance by D.J. White. The IU defense also clamped down over that same span, as PSU went just 1-for-11 from the field. It is the 16th time in 17 games that the Hoosiers have put together a 10-plus point run this season.
Indiana shot the lights out in the second half, going 17-for-27 from the field. That, coupled with five offensive rebounds in the half, led to the Hoosiers limiting Penn State to just six defensive boards in the frame.
White, the conference's leader in field goal percentage, went 8-for-11 from the field and added a 6-for-9 performance from the free-throw line in the game for 22 points. Penn State limited the conference's leading rebounder to just one board in the first half, but White bounced back with six second-half rebounds to finish with seven in the game.
Gordon was 5-for-11 from 3-point land in the contest for a team-leading 25 points. He also matched a career-high with six rebounds in the game. The Indianapolis native went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, just the third time he has shot fewer than five free throws in a game.
Armon Bassett had another strong day on the offensive end, shooting 6-for-8 in the game and 5-for-6 from outside the 3-point line. He finished with 17 points, his highest total since scoring 19 against UNC Wilmington in the third game of the season.
Jamarcus Ellis had yet another strong all-around performance for the Hoosiers, shooting 5-for-6 and finishing with 12 points. The junior added eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and a block in 38 minutes of action.
Lance Stemler took just one shot, but drained a 3-point attempt in the first half to finish with three points. He totaled five rebounds, three on the offensive end, in the contest.
Mike White earned his sixth straight start for the Hoosiers, scoring two points and two rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
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