Hoosiers Set to Host No. 2 Badgers
Jan. 31, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
On Saturday, Jan. 27, Indiana claimed an early lead and never looked back en route to a 76-61 win over Michigan at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers boasted four players in double figures, as junior forward D.J. White and senior guard Roderick Wilmont each netted 15 points, while freshman guard Armon Bassett and junior forward Lance Stemler registered 11.
The win improved IU's record at home this season to 11-0, marking the 13th straight victory on Branch McCracken Court dating back to last year. It is the longest home winning streak since the Hoosiers won 56 in a row at Assembly Hall from Feb. 24, 1991 to Jan. 24, 1995.
IU shot 50 percent or better from both the floor (28-for-55) and beyond the arc (10-for-20) in the contest. For the 15th time this season, the Hoosiers outrebounded their opponent, hauling in 35 boards to Michigan's 28, led by White's seven rebounds. Additionally, the win marked the fourth time this season Indiana led wire to wire.
ON THE AIR
The Indiana-Wisconsin game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.
THE INDIANA-WISCONSIN SERIES
All-America candidate Alando Tucker leads the Badgers and is second in the Big Ten with 19.6 points per game. The senior forward is shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and is pulling down 4.9 boards per game. Senior guard Kammron Taylor is pouring in 12.9 points and is hitting 40.0 percent from 3-point range in a team-high 32.2 minutes per game. Along with the aforementioned duo, junior center Brian Butch is posting 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Bo Ryan is in his sixth season at Wisconsin and his 23rd year overall. With the Badgers, Ryan carries a 133-50 (.727) record and holds a 516-153 (.771) overall mark. Ryan is 6-2 in eight games against Indiana, including a 2-1 mark at Assembly Hall.
WISCONSIN LAST TIME OUT
With the win, Wisconsin is now 21-1 to start a season for the first time in school history. The Badgers are unbeaten on the road this season. Iowa (11-10, 3-4) lost at home for just the second time this season and saw its 12-game home winning streak in conference play come to an end.
In a game that featured the league's top two scorers in Tucker and Iowa's Adam Haluska, it was the former that stole the show. Tucker hit his first seven shots from the floor, had 17 points in the first half and finished 11-of-14 from the field.
LAST TIME VS. WISCONSIN
Killingsworth scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, while Strickland added 14 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Killingsworth finished with 12 rebounds.
Indiana (18-10) also solidified its hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid by reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2003. The Hoosiers moved on to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Fourth-seeded Wisconsin (19-11) was led by Alando Tucker with 20 points and eight rebounds. Brian Butch added 12 points, and freshman Kevin Gullikson scored all 10 of his points in the first half.
FACING THE BEST
FINDING THE TOUCH
In the five games prior to the U-M game, Stemler struggled to 3.4 points per game on 30 percent shooting and 20 percent from 3-point range.
The Hoosiers are averaging 76.3 points and shooting 47.2 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 58.1 points and 40.1-percent shooting at home compared to 63.1 points and 41.0 percent away from Assembly Hall.
BREAKING IT DOWN
The Hoosiers opened the month of December with a 74-57 win over Charlotte and never slowed down. Indiana won six of its seven December games, including the last four, and outscored its opponents 73.0-55.1. Defensively, IU held its opponents to 37.3 percent shooting and 29.1 percent from 3-point range. Indiana hit 43.0 percent overall, 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 from the foul line.
En route to a 3-2 mark in November, the Hoosiers allowed 63.0 points, 39.6 percent shooting from the floor and 29.7 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Indiana scored 72.0 points, shot 47.7 percent overall, 37.2 from 3-point range and 64.5 from the charity stripe.
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 70.6 points per contest, 45.0-percent shooting overall and 38.3 percent from 3-point range in the games following a loss.
IU IS RED HOT
Behind a season-high 68.0-percent shooting in the second half (17-of-25) vs. Purdue, the Hoosiers shot 56.9 percent, matching their season-best total set in the opener against Lafayette. The 68.0 percent is the highest field goal percentage in 20 minutes since IU shot 71.4 percent in the second half at Purdue on March 1, 2006. Indiana also poured in 51 second-half points, marking the third time this year it has posted at least 50 points in a half.
Junior forward D.J. White and senior guard Roderick Wilmont led the Hoosiers with 15 points apiece in the team's win against Michigan, while junior forward Lance Stemler and freshman guard Armon Bassett each dropped in 11.
Overall, six players are averaging between 8.4-14.2 points, led by White (14.2). Wilmont (11.5), senior guard Earl Calloway (9.8), junior guard A.J. Ratliff (9.1), Bassett (8.8) and Stemler (8.4) round out the group.
IN THE POLLS
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. 4/4 Ohio State, No. 8/10 Duke, No. 13/11 Butler and No. RV/24 Kentucky this season.
Additionally, three foes are receiving votes in the A.P. Poll, while two are receiving votes in the Coaches' Poll.
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