#11 Indiana Returns Home To Face Northwestern
Feb. 1, 2008
Northwestern (7-11, 0-7 Big Ten) at #11 Indiana (17-3, 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 and will look to improve to 32-0 against the Wildcats in Assembly Hall. Indiana dropped its first conference game on Thursday with a 62-49 setback at Wisconsin. IU now holds a 17-3 record on the season, the best 20-game mark since opening 17-3 in 1999-2000. The Hoosiers' 6-1 conference mark is the best for an IU squad since 2001-02, when Indiana opened league play 7-1. IU joins Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue as the only one-loss teams in the Big Ten. In its last time out at Assembly Hall, Indiana saw its 13-game overall and 29-game home court winning streaks end with a 68-63 loss to UConn. The 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. In Big Ten action, freshman Eric Gordon (19.3) and senior D.J. White (18.9) are the top two scorers in the league. Both players are among the top 30 midseason candidates for the Wooden and Naismith Awards. Northwestern enters today's contest at 7-11 overall and 0-7 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats picked up their seventh win with a 68-59 victory over Texas-Pan American on Wednesday evening.
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 493-271 (.645), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 38-14 (.731) 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 1-0 all-time against the Wildcats. Coach Bill Carmody is in his eighth season at Northwestern and has a 102-124 record. He is 3-8 all-time against Indiana. Overall in his 12th year of coaching, he is 194-149.
Coaches vs. Cancer Weekend
To signify its committment to supporting the fight against cancer, members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches are celebrating Suits and Sneakers weekend as its members will wear tennis shoes for games from February 1 to 3.
Indiana now holds a 17-3 record on the season, the best 20-game mark since opening 17-3 in 1999-2000. Indiana's 6-1 conference mark is the best for a Hoosier squad since 2001-02, when IU opened 7-1.
The Hoosiers lost for just the fifth time in Kelvin Sampson's tenure when outrebounding their opponent after grabbing 41 boards to Wisconsin's 40. The Hoosiers are now 26-5 under Sampson when winning the battle of the boards.
Indiana lost consecutive games for just the second time under Sampson. IU entered the game 11-1 following a loss in Sampson's two years.
Down 46-26, Eric Gordon led the Hoosiers on a 17-2 run midway through the second half to cut Wisconsin's lead to 48-43 on a D.J. White jumper. Gordon went 3-for-4 with a pair of 3-pointers and added a pair of free throws to post 10 points in the surge. During the run, the Hoosiers went 5-for-8, while the Indiana defense held Wisconsin to 1-for-7.
D.J. White had his 13th double-double in his last 16 contests with 22 points and 17 rebounds. White was 7-for-13 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line. He is now averaging 17.1 points and 10.6 boards on the season.
Gordon finished the game 6-for-14 from the field with 16 points for the Hoosiers. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
Jamarcus Ellis had a career-high 13 rebounds and added four points and two assists for Indiana.
Mike White scored the first two points of the game for the Hoosiers, the third time this season he has put IU on the board.
Indiana still holds a 93-56 all-time mark against Wisconsin.
The two teams will meet against later this season in Bloomington on February 13.
With its first loss in Big Ten play, the Hoosiers joined Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue as the only one-loss teams in Big Ten play. The aforementioned trio holds 7-1 records, while Indiana is 6-1. IU has plenty of time to make up ground with one meeting remaining against the Badgers, two against the Spartans and one contest in Bloomington against the Boilermakers. Ohio State sits behind the one-loss clubs with a 6-2 mark through eight league games.
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