Feb. 14, 2008
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February 16, 2008 Assembly Hall (17,357)
Bloomington, Ind. IU leads series, 63-42
Last Meeting: at MSU 66, IU 58 (2/24/07)
#9/10 Michigan St. (20-4, 8-3 Big Ten)
at #12/13 Indiana (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten)
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Erin Andrews, Andy Katz)
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 hosts #9/10 Michigan State. Indiana is coming off a 68-66 loss at home to Wisconsin. It was the first time this season, that IU had lost a game in the final seconds (4 games) where it was either tied or held a lead and was playing defense. The Hoosiers boast the top two scorers in the conference in freshman Eric Gordon (21.4) and senior D.J. White (17.6). White also leads the league and is ninth in the nation in rebounds, averaging 10.6 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. Gordon needs nine more points to break the school's all-time freshman record for scoring which was set by Mike Woodson, who scored 500 in 1976-77. Calbert Cheaney is second with 495 in 1989-90. The Hoosiers also have clinched their first winning road season (5-1) in the Big Ten since 1993 and their first overall winning road record since the 2001-02 campaign. The 9th/10th ranked Spartans are 20-4 overall and 8-3 in the league. Last year, Indiana lost at Michigan State, 66-58 and won in Bloomington, 73-51. Indiana has won six of the last seven meetings in Assembly Hall.
leads the league in scoring (21.4), is third in the league in free throw percentage (85.6) and fourth in three-point field goals made (2.61). He has made (154) and attempted (180) more free throws than any other player in the league. The last freshman to lead the Big Ten in scoring was Minnesota's Kris Humphries (21.7) in 2004. The highest scoring average by a freshman in league history was set by Purdue's Glenn Robinson (24.1) in 1993.
D.J. White has recorded 15 double-doubles in his last 20 outings. He is currently second in the league in scoring (17.6), first in the league in rebounds (10.6) and field goal percentage (62.4), and second in the league in blocked shots (1.83). He is 24th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,297 points and moved into 17th place in all-time rebounds at IU with 661. He is averaging 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in Big Ten action.
Jamarcus Ellis is third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.5) and fifth in assists (4.04). He also is second in the league in defensive rebounds at 5.92.
The Hoosiers lead the league in scoring (76.0), free throw percentage (75.4) and defensive rebounds (26.92). Indiana sits in the top three in eight total statistical categories.