Men's Basketball

    #12/13 Indiana Set for Conference Clash for #14/15 Wisconsin

    Go Hoosiers! Jordan Crawford
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jordan Crawford
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 11, 2008

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    February 13, 2008 • Assembly Hall (17,357)
    Bloomington, Ind. • IU leads series, 94-56
    Last Meeting: at UW 62, IU 49 (1/31/08)

    #14/15 Wisconsin (19-4, 9-2 Big Ten)
    at #12/13 Indiana (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten)

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    The Opening Tip
    The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 12th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 13th by AP and will look to remain among the Big Ten leaders when it hostsw #14/15 Wisconsin. Indiana has won three straight games and has a Big Ten best 5-1 road record after defeating Illinois (83-79) and Ohio State (59-53) away from home last week. The Hoosiers' 9-1 conference mark is the best start for an IU squad since 1992-93, when Indiana finished 17-1 in the Big Ten. IU and Purdue entered the week as the only one-loss teams in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers boast the top two scorers in the conference in freshman Eric Gordon (21.3) and senior D.J. White (17.6). White also leads the league in and is ninth in the nation in rebounds, averaging 10.7 per game. A strong candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year honors, White has been named the league's Player of the Week four times, the second most in Big Ten history. Both White and Gordon are among the top 30 midseason candidates for the Wooden and Naismith Awards. The Hoosiers also cliniched their first winning season on the road in the Big Ten since 1993 and their first overall winning road record since the 2001-02 season. Wisconsin captured the first matchup between the two school's on January 31, 62-49 in Madison. The 14th/15th ranked Badgers are 19-4 overall and 9-2 in the league.



    The Coaches
    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 17 20-plus win seasons and is 496-271 (.647), which ranks 20th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. With its win over Ohio State, Sampson posted his 11th straight 20-win season as a coach. He is 41-14 (.745) 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. With the win at Ohio State, he joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (12 years) as the only active coaches in NCAA Division I with 20-win seasons in each of the last 11 years. He is 3-3 all-time against the Badgers. UW Coach Bo Ryan is in his seventh year with the Badgers and is 161-59.

    Ohio State Postgame Notes
    • The win for Indiana was the 100th in the all-time series against the Buckeyes. The all-time series now stands at 100-72 in favor of the Hoosiers, and the win on the road was the first for Indiana in Columbus since Jan. 20, 2004.

    • Indiana improves to 20-3 on the season and 9-1 in Big Ten play. Both marks are the best since the 1992-93 season when the Hoosiers started 24-3 and went 17-1 in Big Ten play.

    • Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is now one of only two coaches who have posted 20 victories each of the last 11 years, joining Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), who has accomplished the feat 12 straight seasons.

    • The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 on the road this season and 7-2 in games away from Assembly Hall.

    • Indiana was 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the game. The last time IU did not miss a free throw was Jan. 2, 2007, at Ohio State when they went 11-for-11.

    • For the 13th time this season, senior D.J. White scored the first points of the game for the Hoosiers and Indiana is 12-1 in those games.

    • White's 21 points gives him 1,280 in his career, moving him up to 24th place on the all-time scoring list at Indiana, passing Steve Green and Joby Wright. Next on the list is Tom Bolyard with 1,299.

    • In addition to his 21 points, White also grabbed 13 rebounds for his 15th double double in his last 19 games. Of his 13 rebounds, six were on the offensive end; the second time in the last three games he has grabbed six offensive boards. It also marked the 10th time in White's career that he surpassed the 20-point, 10-rebound mark in a game.

    • There was little doubt as to if White was going to get his double double since he had secured it by halftime. It was the second time this season has had a double double in the bag by halftime (Chicago State-- 10 points, 10 rebounds at intermission)

    • White also played all 40 minutes for the Hoosiers, the second straight game he has played 40 or more minutes. Prior to this season, White had played 40 or more minutes in a game just twice.

    Eric Gordon got the Hoosiers off to a good start, hitting two three point field goals in the first three minutes of the game. He would go on to hit his first three three-point field goals and finished with 15 points.

    • The freshman from Indianapolis was also 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, with all of them coming in the final minute of play.

    • Gordon's three 3-point field goals made give him 60 this season, the second most my a freshman in IU history, trailing only Bracey Wright's 66 in 2002-03.

    Jordan Crawford had one of his best all-around games of his brief IU career to this point. His line showed eight points, a career high seven assists, six rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes of play. He also had two key free throws with eight seconds left to bump the IU lead from four to six points.

    Kyle Taber went 1-for-1 from the field for the second straight game and also pulled down two rebounds.

    Jamarcus Ellis posted six points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal and was key in Hoosiers' offense against the Ohio State zone.


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