Hoosiers Set for Showdown With Illini
Jan. 23, 2007
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
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
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.
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
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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