Men's Basketball

    Indiana Welcomes Michigan to Bloomington

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana returns home to face Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 27 at noon.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana returns home to face Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 27 at noon.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 26, 2007

    Michigan Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Returning home for the first time in 11 days, the No. 23/24 Indiana men's basketball team will host Michigan at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27. IU holds a perfect 10-0 mark at Assembly Hall this season and has won 12 straight on Branch McCracken Court dating back to last year. ESPN will televise the game nationally, with Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Rick Majerus (analyst) on the call.

    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-Michigan Series
    Indiana and Michigan will meet for 148th time on Saturday afternoon, with the Hoosiers holding a 96-51 advantage in the all-time series. The Hoosiers have won 10 straight against U-M, 13 of the last 14 and the last 10 meetings in Bloomington. Michigan's last win at Assembly Hall came on Jan. 24, 1995 (65-52). Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 0-1 in his career against the Wolverines.

    Below is a look at the meetings between Indiana and Michigan over the past three seasons:

    Date Outcome Location
    Jan. 11, 2004 W, 59-57 Ann Arbor
    March 3, 2004 W, 61-56 Bloomington
    Jan. 19, 2005 W, 62-53 Bloomington
    Feb. 20, 2005 W, 70-63 Ann Arbor
    Jan. 3, 2006 W, 70-63 Bloomington
    March 4, 2006 W, 69-67 Ann Arbor

    Last Time vs. Michigan
    The Indiana men's basketball team sealed a first-round bye and the fifth seed in the Big Ten Tournament with its fourth straight victory, 69-67, over Michigan at Crisler Arena on March 4, 2006.

    Senior forward Marco Killingsworth paced four Hoosiers in double figures with his seventh double-double of the season. The Montgomery, Ala., native finished with 19 points on 9-of-13 from the field to go along with 13 rebounds. Junior guard Roderick Wilmont notched his seventh double-digit scoring performance off the bench with 13 points, including a quartet of free throws down the stretch. Sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden and senior guard Marshall Strickland rounded out the Hoosier scoring attack with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

    Indiana shot 25-of-55 (45.4 percent) from the field, including seven buckets from behind the 3-point arc. The Hoosiers and Wolverines were even on the boards at 31 apiece, while IU forced U-M into a season-high 24 turnovers. Michigan finished 21-of-41 (45.7 percent) from the field, but kept pace with Indiana in the scoring column by hitting on 20-of-27 from the charity stripe.

    Scouting Michigan
    Michigan enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 16-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off a 71-58 loss at No. 2 Wisconsin on Jan. 24. U-M holds a 2-4 record away from Ann Arbor and owns a 1-2 mark in conference road games.

    Senior guard Dion Harris leads the Wolverines with 13.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. He has started 19 times and leads the team averaging 30.7 minutes. Courtney Sims is the only other Wolverine in double figures. The senior center holds a 12.1 scoring average with 6.0 rebounds. Senior forward Brent Petway is tops on the team averaging 6.3 boards.

    Tommy Amaker is in his sixth season in Ann Arbor and his 10th season overall. With the Wolverines, Amaker carries a 103-75 (.579) record and holds a 171-130 (.568) overall mark. Amaker has not beaten the Hoosiers in nine tries.

    Michigan Last Time Out
    The University of Michigan men's basketball team began a tough stretch of games on Wednesday, Jan. 24, dropping a 71-58 road decision to No. 2-ranked Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. While the Wolverines (16-5, 4-2 Big Ten) were within striking distance through the first half, taking care of the basketball ultimately hurt U-M. Michigan surrendered possession 19 times, while allowing the Badgers to shoot 55 percent overall (26-of-48).

    Michigan had a pair of double-digit scorers, with Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) leading the way with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Senior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) was the Maize and Blue's other double-digit scorer, finishing with 10 tallies on 4-of-6 shooting.

    Home Cooking
    Branch McCracken Court has been friendly to the Hoosiers this season. IU holds a 10-0 record on its home court, has won its last 12 games overall played in Assembly Hall and is outscoring its opponents by an 18.5 margin in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are averaging 76.3 points and shooting 46.8 percent on their home court while those numbers fall to 67.6 and 43.7 on the road or at neutral sites.

    Defensively, Indiana is limiting opponents to 57.8 points and 40.5-percent shooting at home compared to 63.1 points and 41.0 percent away from Assembly Hall.

    Bouncing Back
    The Hoosiers have proven to be a resilient team, posting a 4-0 record following a loss this season. Indiana is outscoring its opponents by a 14-point margin (69.2-55.2) coming off a defeat. Following its first Big Ten loss at Ohio State, IU stormed back to knock off Michigan State, 73-51.

    In their losses, the Hoosiers are averaging 54.0 points per game on 37.7-percent shooting and 32.2 percent from downtown. Those numbers improve to 69.2 points per contest, 44.0 percent overall and 35.1 percent from 3-point range in the games following a loss.

    In The Polls
    The Hoosiers have moved back into the polls for the first time since Feb. 6, 2006. Indiana is ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

    Four of the Hoosiers' 2006-07 opponents appear in the A.P. Top 25 and five in the Coaches' Poll. Indiana has already faced No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 10/10 Duke and No. 14/11 Butler and No. RV/25 Kentucky this season. Additionally, five foes are receiving votes in the A.P. poll, while three are receiving votes in the Coaches' poll.

    Quick Starts
    With his 4-2 start in the Big Ten, Kelvin Sampson became the first Indiana head coach since Branch McCracken in 1938-39 to win four of his first six conference games. McCracken opened his first Big Ten campaign 9-1 before finishing 9-3. Sampson's 14-5 mark through his first 19 games is also the best start for a first-year Hoosier coach since McCracken opened the 1938-39 campaign 17-1.

    Additionally, the Hoosiers won four of their first five conference games for the fifth straight season, and their 14-5 start is the best 19-game mark to open a campaign since the 2002-03 club started 14-5.

     

     


       

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