Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Set to Host No. 2 Badgers

    Go Hoosiers! Lance Stemler and the Hoosiers will face off with No. 2 Wisconsin on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Lance Stemler and the Hoosiers will face off with No. 2 Wisconsin on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 31, 2007

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    The No. 25/RV Indiana men's basketball team welcomes No. 2/2 Wisconsin to Bloomington on Wednesday, Jan. 31. This is the only meeting between the two clubs this season. IU holds a 27-4 advantage over UW in games played at Assembly Hall.

    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.

    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-Wisconsin game will be televised on ESPN Plus Local, with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    Indiana and Wisconsin battle for the 149th time on Wednesday evening, with the Hoosiers leading the all-time series, 93-55. IU owns a 27-4 advantage at Assembly Hall, although UW has won two of its last three trips to Bloomington. Last season, Indiana defeated Wisconsin on March 10, 61-56, to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. That win came on the heels of a 72-54 Badger victory in Madison on Feb. 28. Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 2-2 in his career against Wisconsin.

    Coming off a 57-46 victory at Iowa on Jan. 28, No. 2/2 Wisconsin heads into Wednesday evening's contest with a 21-1 record and a perfect 7-0 Big Ten mark. The start is the best in UW history, and the Badgers own the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games. Wisconsin is 5-0 away from home this season.

    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.

    Alando Tucker scored 27 points and Brian Butch added 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as Wisconsin (21-1, 7-0 Big Ten) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games after defeating Iowa, 57-46, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 28.

    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.

    Marco Killingsworth and Marshall Strickland dominated the second half, combining for 28 points, as Indiana held off Wisconsin, 61-56, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 10, 2006.

    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.

    Wisconsin heads to Bloomington sitting at No. 2 in both of the major polls. Indiana owns a 12-26 record against teams ranked in the top two. The Hoosiers are 5-16 against top-ranked squads and 7-10 vs. second-ranked foes all-time. At Assembly Hall, IU is 4-3 against No. 2s (5-8 vs. teams ranked in the top two). Indiana's last victory over a team ranked in the top two came on March 31, 2002, when the Hoosiers beat No. 1 Duke, 74-73, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. IU's last defeated a top-two opponent in Assembly Hall on Jan. 7, 2001 - a 59-58 victory over No. 1 Michigan State.

    Lance Stemler carried a hot hand in the Hoosiers' win over Michigan. The junior forward reached double figures for the eighth time this season, but just the first time in six games, with 11 points. Stemler hit 4-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown to go along with five rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

    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.

    Branch McCracken Court has been friendly to the Hoosiers this season. IU holds an 11-0 record on its home court and has won its last 13 games overall played in Assembly Hall - the longest home winning streak since the Hoosiers won 56 in a row from Feb. 24, 1991 to Jan. 24, 1995. Indiana is outscoring its opponents by an 18.2 margin in Bloomington. In its four Big Ten home games, IU is outscoring its opponents 76.2-58.5 (17.7 margin).

    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.

    With the month of January coming to a close, here is a look at how the Hoosiers numbers compare to the first two months of the season. With a 6-2 record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten play thus far, Indiana has averaged 72.0 points per game, shot 46.9 from the field, 42.0 percent from downtown and 79.2 from the free throw line. On the defensive end, IU has surrendered 63.2 points per game and held opponents to 23.9 percent from 3-point range.

    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.

    En route to its 5-2 start in league play, the Indiana offense has picked up the pace. Despite their 43-point performance at Illinois, the Hoosiers lead the league averaging 71.3 points per game (72.9) and own the top spot in the conference at 76.1 percent from the charity stripe (69.4). IU also leads the league in shooting at 41.1 percent from 3-point range (36.3) and sits second at 46.7 percent (45.1) overall. In taking care of the ball, the Hoosiers are third with a 1.25 assist/turnover ratio (1.05), fourth with a plus-1.57 turnover margin (plus-3.07) and fourth with 13.6 assists (13.8). The numbers in parentheses show Indiana's averages in non-conference play.

    The Hoosiers have proven to be a resilient team, posting a 5-0 record following a loss this season. Indiana is outscoring its opponents by a 14.2 margin (70.6-56.4) coming off a defeat. Following its first Big Ten loss at Ohio State, IU stormed back to knock off Michigan State, 73-51, and Indiana defeated Michigan, 76-61, after its loss at Illinois.

    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.

    Shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, the Hoosiers reached the 50-percent mark for the fifth time this season vs. Michigan. IU surged to 60 percent in the second half - the second time this year it shot over 60 percent in a half and its sixth half over 50 percent.

    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.

    One of the most impressive facets about this Hoosier team is its offensive distribution. Seven different players have led the team in scoring, five times four players have scored in double digits and on four occasions five players have posted 10-plus points. The Hoosiers are 9-1 when at least four players score in double figures and undefeated when five post 10 or more.

    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.

    The Hoosiers moved back into the polls on Jan. 22 for the first time since Feb. 6, 2006. Indiana was ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. In the Jan. 29 polls, IU is 25 in the Coaches' Poll and receiving votes in the A.P. Top 25.

    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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