#11 Indiana Travels To #13 Wisconsin On Thursday
Jan. 28, 2008
#11 Indiana (17-2, 6-0 Big Ten)at #13 Wisconsin (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 11th in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. The Hoosiers will begin a stretch away from Assembly Hall with three of the next four on the road beginning with Thursday's contest at #13 Wisconsin. IU saw its 13-game overall and 29-game home court winning streaks end with a 68-63 loss to UConn on Saturday. The Badgers had their 10-game winning streak dissolve with a 60-56 loss on Saturday at Purdue. At 6-0 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 is 4-0 on the road this season and 1-0 away from home against a ranked opponent. The Hoosiers defeated then #22 (Coaches Poll) Southern Illinois, 64-51, in Carbondale on December 1. Their 13-game winning streak tied for the fifth longest inseason streak in Indiana history and the 29-game home court edge was the fourth longest in Hoosier lore. Indiana is making its first trip to Wisconsin since February 8, 2006. Indiana is 11-1 in its next game following a loss under Kelvin Sampson. In Big Ten action, freshman Eric Gordon (19.8) and senior D.J. White (18.3) are the top two scorers in the league.
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 493-270 (.645), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 38-13 (.754) in two seasons and won his first 27 games at Assembly Hall, surpassing Branch McCracken who previously 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 were ranked as high as seventh in the country (AP), while last year, they climbed to #19. He is 3-2 all-time against the Badgers.
Coach Bo Ryan is in his seventh season at Wisconsin and has a 158-58 record. He is 6-3 all-time against Indiana. Overall in 24 years of coaching, he is 541-161.
Hoosiers On The Road
Indiana is 4-0 away from home this season with wins at Southern Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.
Hoosier opponents are shooting just 26.7% from long distance when they are at home.
IU is winning the battle of the boards, 41.8 to 31.0, in these games.
Last Year Against The Badgers
A.J. Ratliff scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, including nine in the final five minutes, to help Indiana overcome a two-point halftime deficit and knock off No. 2 Wisconsin, 71-66, last season. The victory snapped the Badgers' 17-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
Ratliff's 3-pointer with 4:32 to play broke a 59-59 tie and gave Indiana (16-5, 6-2 Big Ten) a lead it would not relinquish. He followed the trey - his fourth of the night - with a layup with just under four minutes to play to stretch the Hoosier lead to five, but after both sides traded a pair of free throws, the Badgers' Marcus Landry got a layup to cut IU's lead to three at 66-63 with 1:56 left.
Ratliff again came through in the clutch, sandwiching a pair of free throws and a jumper around a Kammron Taylor 3 to push the Hoosier advantage to 70-66 with just 1:11 to play. Earl Calloway would add a free throw with eight seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
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