Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Set for Showdown With Illini

    Go Hoosiers! Junior forward D.J. White and the Hoosiers take on Illinois on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior forward D.J. White and the Hoosiers take on Illinois on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 23, 2007

    Illinois Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 23/24 Indiana men's basketball team rides a five-game winning streak into Champaign, Ill., where the Hoosiers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet for the first time this season on Tuesday, Jan. 23. IU is looking for its third straight road victory after defeating Penn State, 84-74, on Jan. 13 and downing Connecticut, 77-73, on Jan. 20.

    The Indiana-Illinois game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call.

    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-ILLINOIS SERIES
    Indiana and Illinois face off for the 156th time on Tuesday evening, with the Hoosiers holding a 79-76 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the teams split a pair of games as both teams held serve on their home courts. IU pulled out a 62-60 win on Jan. 17, while U of I captured a 70-58 victory on Feb. 19. Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has never faced Illinois.

    SCOUTING ILLINOIS
    After opening the season 12-3, Illinois has dropped four of its first six conference games and five of its last seven contests overall. The Illini sit 14-7 overall and 2-4 in Big Ten play, but boast a 9-3 mark on their home court.

    Senior forward Warren Carter leads U of I with 13.6 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per contest. Right behind Carter is junior center Shaun Pruitt. The Aurora, Ill., native has started all 21 games and leads the Fighting Illini with 7.2 boards per contest and an 11.3 scoring average.

    Sophomore guard Jamar Smith is contributing 9.7 points off the bench, while senior guard Rich McBride is averaging 9.2 points every time out.

    Bruce Weber is in his fourth season in Champaign and his ninth season overall. With the Illini, Weber carries a 103-23 (.818) record, including an appearance in the 2005 national championship game, and holds a 206-77 (.728) overall mark. Weber is 5-2 against the Hoosiers.

    BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Junior forward D.J. White earned his first Big Ten Player of the Week laurel, became the first Hoosier to collect the honor this season and the first since Marco Killingsworth on Jan. 23, 2006, the league announced on Jan. 22. He 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 Killingsworth (March 10-11, 2006) to record back-to-back double-doubles and now has five this season and seven in his career. He continued his dominant play with 21 points in a game-high 38 minutes at UConn.

    White leads the Big Ten in double-doubles, has five 20-point games this season, nine in his career and 37 double-digit scoring outings in 52 career games (IU is 24-13 in those games).

    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 (third in the league), 2.2 blocks (second) and is shooting 57.4 percent (fourth) 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 14.3 points, 7.3 boards (third in Big Ten), 2.56 blocks (first) and 30.5 minutes per tilt.

    ROAD WARRIORS
    After losing its first three road games, Indiana has won back-to-back contests away from Bloomington. The Hoosiers defeated Penn State, 84-74, on Jan. 13 and held off Connecticut, 77-73, on Jan. 20. In the two games, IU averaged 80.5 points, shot 46.5 percent from the floor, 44.2 percent from downtown and 82.1 percent from the free throw line with a plus-1.5 assist/turnover margin.

    In the three losses, those numbers dip to 57.3 points per game, 36.6 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 68.6 percent from the charity stripe with a minus-0.8 assist/turnover margin.

    Additionally, senior guard Roderick Wilmont (24.0), junior forward D.J. White (17.5) and freshman guard Armon Bassett (13.5) are averaging over 10 points in the two road wins, while White (13.7) was the only Hoosier over double figures in the three road losses.

    ON A ROLL
    Winning nine of its last 10 games, Indiana has posted 74.8 points per game, shot 46.4 percent overall, 40.5 from 3-point range, 77.5 from the charity stripe and posted a plus-1.4 assist/turnover margin. Five Hoosiers have averaged double figures, led by junior forward D.J. White (14.6). Freshman guard Armon Bassett (11.8), senior guard Roderick Wilmont (11.6), senior guard Earl Calloway (11.0) and junior guard A.J. Ratliff (10.3) also have scored in double figures.

    In the previous eight games, where IU posted a 5-3 mark, three players compiled double digits - White (13.9), Wilmont (11.8) and junior forward Lance Stemler (10.4). Indiana did score 72.5 points per contest and shot 44.8 percent, but hit just 34.5 from deep and 65.0 percent from the foul line with a minus-0.9 assist/turnover margin.

     

     

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