Men's Basketball

    Indiana Travels to Michigan State for Saturday Showdown

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt freshman Joey Shaw and Indiana head to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt freshman Joey Shaw and Indiana head to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 23, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team takes to the road again for its final two games away from Bloomington, starting with a trip to East Lansing to face Michigan State at 9 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 24. This is the second meeting between the two schools this season, with the Hoosiers knocking off the then-No. 24 Spartans, 73-51, in Bloomington on Jan. 7. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call.

    Indiana Last Time Out
    Indiana got 17 points from D.J. White and 16 from Roderick Wilmont and never trailed against Minnesota, topping the Golden Gophers 71-59 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to remain perfect at Assembly Hall this season.

    After leading by as many as 13 points in the first half, IU saw its lead whittled down to two as Minnesota clawed back to within a pair twice in the second stanza. Lawrence McKenzie's 3-pointer with 11:45 left in the contest drew the Gophers within two at 50-48, but White converted a layup to bring the margin back to four. Spencer Tollackson hit a jumper to make it 52-50, but Joey Shaw hit a trey and Armon Bassett and White nailed jumpers in an 8-0 Indiana run to swing momentum back the Hoosiers' way for good.

    With the win, Indiana ran its home record to 14-0 on the season. The Hoosiers have won 16 in a row at Assembly Hall dating back to last season.

    On The Air
    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-Michigan State game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call.

    The Indiana-Michigan State Series
    Indiana and Michigan State meet for the 105th time overall and the second time this season on Saturday evening. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 63-41, although the Spartans own a 30-21 edge in East Lansing. In fact, IU has not won at MSU since a 62-56 victory on Feb. 28, 1991 - a span of 12 games.

    The Hoosiers have won the last two meetings between the teams and three of the last four, including a 73-51 victory earlier this season in Bloomington. Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 4-3 in his career against the Spartans.

    Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Michigan State:

    Date Outcome Location
    Jan. 31, 2004 L, 84-72 East Lansing
    Feb. 27, 2005 W, 78-74 (ot) Bloomington
    Jan. 11, 2006 L, 87-73 East Lansing
    Feb. 26, 2006 W, 78-71 Bloomington
    Jan. 7, 2007 W, 73-51 Bloomington

    Scouting Michigan State
    Fresh off its win over top-ranked Wisconsin, Michigan State heads into Saturday night at 20-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won their last three ballgames - all at home - after dropping four straight. MSU is 17-1 at the Breslin Center this season, with its lone defeat coming to Ohio State, 63-54, on Feb. 3.

    The Spartans are led by Drew Neitzel, who is averaging a team-leading 18.5 points per game and dishing out 4.3 assists. Raymar Morgan is also in double figures with 11.1 points to go along with 5.3 boards. Goran Suton owns a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest in addition to scoring 9.3 points each time out, while Marquise Gray is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds in just 18.9 minutes per game.

    Tom Izzo is in his 12th season at Michigan State. He has led the Spartans to the NCAA title in 2000, four Final Fours, four regular-season Big Ten championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles. Izzo is 275-117 (.702) in his career at Michigan State.

    Last Time vs. Michigan State
    Three Hoosiers scored in double figures as the Indiana men's basketball team opened its 2006-07 Big Ten home season with a 73-51 win over Michigan State on Branch McCracken Court on Sunday, Jan. 7.

    Junior D.J. White led all players with 21 points, followed by junior Lance Stemler with 16 points and senior Earl Calloway with 11. Stemler, who also led the Hoosiers with seven rebounds, scored nine of his points in the second half.

    Indiana outrebounded Michigan State, 30-26. The Spartans outshot the Hoosiers, 48.6 percent (18-of-37) to 45.0 percent (27-of-60), but the Hoosiers took 23 more shots from the field due to 20 Spartan turnovers. Twenty-four of IU's points came off of turnovers and the Hoosiers outscored the Spartans, 17-2, in second-chance attempts. IU also shot 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line.

    Michigan State was led by Travis Walton's 12 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 outing from the charity stripe. Drew Neitzel also scored in double figures for the Spartans, finishing with 11 points. Idong Ibok led Michigan State with six rebounds, five of which came on the defensive end.

    Michigan State Last Time Out
    Drew Neitzel scored 28 points to spoil Wisconsin's first-ever game as the nation's No. 1 team and lead Michigan State to a 64-55 victory at the Breslin Center on Feb. 20. Neitzel's 3-pointer with 3:51 left gave MSU a 51-49 lead, and the Spartans held on for the victory.

    Michigan State grabbed a four-point lead early in the second half, but the Badgers bounced right back in large part behind Marcus Landry's 3-point shooting. His 3 with 7:34 left gave the Badgers a 47-43 lead. That's when Neitzel and Michigan State took over.

    The junior guard hit two 3-pointers late in the game that gave the Spartans momentum. One of his shots bounced in and out of the basket twice before falling through, giving Michigan State a 56-51 lead with about 2:20 left. An earlier 3-pointer gave Michigan State a 51-49 edge, and the Spartans never trailed again.

    Michigan State had not beaten a top-ranked team since Earvin 'Magic' Johnson led the Spartans past Larry Bird and Indiana State in the 1979 national championship game.

    Finding The Range
    After firing only five 3-pointers over the previous three games, senior Roderick Wilmont put up five in the against Minnesota (Feb. 21). Wilmont hit three of the treys and finished with 16 points.

    Before the aforementioned three-game stretch, Wilmont attempted at least five 3-pointers in seven straight contests. He averages just over five per game this season.

    Against Penn State on Jan. 13, the Miramar, Fla., native set career highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of his career and this campaign. Wilmont hit seven treys (second most in IU history) in 17 attempts (most in Indiana lore). He recorded 20 of the team's 40 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half. The last time a Hoosier scored 20 points in a half came on Jan. 17, 2006 vs. Illinois (Marco Killingsworth). Wilmont also became the first IU player to ring up six 3s in a half since Bracey Wright on Dec. 29, 2003 at North Texas.

    Spark Plug Suhr
    Senior guard Errek Suhr received his first career Big Ten start and the third start of his career at Michigan (Feb. 17), filling in for the injured Earl Calloway. The Bloomington native ran the Hoosier offense and scored a season-high 10 points - his fifth career double-digit performance - on 4-of-6 shooting. He also dished out four assists and matched a career high with 26 minutes.

    He followed that up with a standout defensive performance against Minnesota, taking three charges in 15 minutes. Suhr received the first start of his career earlier this season against Charlotte and also earned a starting nod at Kentucky. He has seen action in 22 of the Hoosiers' 25 games this season, averaging 9.0 minutes.

    Locking It Up
    As was the case in its victory over Illinois (Feb. 10) in its previous outing at Assembly Hall, the Indiana defense tightened the screws coming down the stretch against Minnesota (Feb. 21). Leading 50-48 with 11:45 to go, the Hoosiers held the Golden Gophers to just three field goals and 11 points the rest of the way en route to their 71-59 victory.

    Illinois held a 61-58 lead following a pair of Marcus Arnold free throws with 3:37 left. Those turned out to be the final points the Indiana defense would allow, as the Hoosiers scored the game's final seven points for a 65-61 win. IU held the Fighting Illini without a field goal over the last 5:22, limiting them to six points from the charity stripe.

    Shaw Stepping Up
    After a quick start to the Big Ten season, redshirt freshman Joey Shaw struggled to find minutes and a rhythm over the next 10 games. Shaw opened the conference slate with a then-career high 16 points at Ohio State (Jan. 2), and poured in a career-best 19 points against Purdue (Jan. 10). In the two games, Shaw averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game, shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor, 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line. All of this came in just 20.5 minutes of action.

    In the next 10 games, Shaw averaged 2.4 points, 1.0 rebounds and 10.5 minutes per game. Against Minnesota (Feb. 21), the Glendale, Ariz., native provided 20 aggressive minutes off the bench, collecting seven points, six rebounds and a pair of assists.

    Starting Lineups
    Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has started a different five in each of the last four games, pushing Indiana's total to 14 starting lineups this season. Freshman forward Xavier Keeling earned his first starting nod and became the 10th different Hoosier this season to start at least once, vs. Illinois on Feb. 10. Junior guard A.J. Ratliff started at Purdue (Feb. 15) for the first time since injuring his left wrist against Ball State on Dec. 30.

    Meanwhile, senior guard Errek Suhr and junior forward Mike White earned their first career Big Ten starts at Michigan on Feb. 17, and Ratliff returned to a starting role in the Hoosiers' win over Minnesota (Feb. 21). He joined D.J. White, Mike White, Armon Bassett and Roderick Wilmont - the first time the five has started together this season.

    Prior to the U of I game, Indiana started the same five in its first nine Big Ten contests in Earl Calloway, Wilmont, D.J. White, Lance Stemler, and Bassett. White is the lone Hoosier to start all 26 games this season. See the chart on page eight for a game-by-game breakdown of starting lineups.

    Forcing Mistakes
    Indiana took six charges - led by senior guard Errek Suhr's three - and forced Minnesota into 13 turnovers. The Hoosiers converted those 13 miscues into 14 points, outscoring the Golden Gophers by 12 points in that department. In comparison, IU turned the ball over just seven times. Seventeen times this season IU has held an edge in the turnover department, including seven times in the last 10 games.

    Over the last 10 games, the Hoosiers have forced 13.7 turnovers, averaged 5.6 steals per contest and scored 14.3 points off of turnovers.

    Playing Smart
    Recording more turnovers than assists in three of their previous four outings (1-3 record), the Hoosiers righted the ship at Michigan (Feb. 17) with 11 assists to just eight turnovers and followed that up with 11 assists to only seven turnovers against Minnesota (Feb. 21). Indiana has recorded fewer than 10 turnovers in a game seven times this season.

    During the four games where the Hoosiers went 1-3, Indiana owned a minus-0.81 assist/turnover ratio. In comparison, the previous 10 tilts (8-2), IU posted a plus-1.30 assist/turnover ratio and it sits at plus-1.47 the last two contests.

    Overall, the Hoosiers rank fifth in Big Ten games with a plus-1.08 assist/turnover ratio, averaging 12.7 assists to 11.8 turnovers.

    Big Ben
    For the second straight game, sophomore Ben Allen came in off the bench and added double-digit minutes. After posting 17 minutes at Michigan (Feb. 17) - his first 10-plus minute game since the Big Ten opener at Ohio State (Jan. 2) - Allen received 13 minutes in IU's victory over Minnesota (Feb. 21). He also added four points, denting the scoring column for the first time since the IUPUI game on Dec. 22.




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