Men's Basketball

    IU Closes Out Road Slate at Northwestern

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Ben Allen and the Hoosiers close out the road portion of their schedule at Northwestern on Wednesday evening.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Ben Allen and the Hoosiers close out the road portion of their schedule at Northwestern on Wednesday evening.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 27, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In its final road test of the 2006-07 campaign, the Indiana men's basketball team travels to Northwestern for a 7 p.m. EST tip on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) on the call. This is the lone meeting between the two teams this 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-Northwestern game will be televised on ESPN2, with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) on the call.

    The Indiana-Northwestern Series
    Indiana and Northwestern face off for the 148th time overall and the first time this season on Wednesday evening. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 105-42, although the teams have split the last six meetings. IU has lost three straight games in Evanston, with its last victory coming on Jan. 2, 2002 - a 59-44 triumph. Prior to the last six meetings, Indiana ran off 26 straight victories and 56 of the previous 59 contests in the series.

    Last season, the teams only met once and the Hoosiers claimed a 72-63 victory in Bloomington on Feb. 1. Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson has never faced the Wildcats in his career.

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

    Date Outcome Location
    Jan. 17, 2004 W, 73-62 Bloomington
    Feb. 25, 2004 L, 63-59 Evanston
    Jan. 5, 2005 L, 73-52 Evanston
    March 5, 2005 W, 77-55 Bloomington
    Feb. 1, 2006 W, 72-63 Bloomington

    Scouting Northwestern
    Northwestern enters Wednesday evening with a 13-15 overall mark and a 2-12 record in Big Ten play. The Wildcats are 10-7 on their home court, but they are just 1-6 in Evanston during conference action.

    Freshman forward Kevin Coble and fifth-year senior forward Tim Doyle are the only NU players in double figures. Coble is pouring in 13.3 points per game and leads the club with 5.2 rebounds per contest in 30.5 minutes. Doyle sits at 11.5 points and is tops on the team with 4.9 assists in 34.9 minutes. He is also the lone Wildcat to start all 28 games.

    Northwestern is coached by Bill Carmody, who is in his seventh season with the Wildcats and his 11th overall campaign. Carmody is 95-110 (.463) at NU and 187-135 (.581) in his career. He spent four seasons at Princeton prior to Northwestern.

    Last Time vs. Northwestern
    Led by three players in double figures, the No. 21/22 Hoosiers improved to 13-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten with a 72-63 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 1, 2006, on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall. The win marked the 13th straight home conference victory for IU and the 34th consecutive win over NU in Bloomington.

    At the half, Indiana led the Wildcats, 27-24. Northwestern's Vedran Vukusic led all first-half scorers with 10 points, while Roderick Wilmont led the Hoosiers with eight points followed by Marco Killingsworth with six points and five boards.

    Wilmont led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, while Robert Vaden, who tied his career mark in rebounds with nine, scored all of his 11 points in the second half. Errek Suhr tallied 10 points and etched a career high in assists with five. Killingsworth led the Hoosier onslaught on the boards with 12, one shy of his career high.

    Additionally, the Hoosiers outrebounded Northwestern, 35-22, while shooting 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field, 38 percent from behind the arc (10-of-26) and an impressive 70 percent (12-of-17) from the foul line. Led by Suhr, IU tallied 20 points off the bench compared to the Wildcats' 12.

    Northwestern Last Time Out
    David Teague scored 26 points, and Purdue survived a late charge from Northwestern on Saturday, Feb. 24, to post its second road win of the season with a 75-68 victory.

    Tim Doyle led a 19-7 run that had the Wildcats within 73-68 with 36.7 seconds to play, scoring 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half. But Purdue, which had missed the front end of two one-and-bonus situations earlier, made 2-of-4 from the line in the final moments to end a five-game losing streak to Northwestern.

    Freshman Kevin Coble matched his career high with 24 points, scoring 13 of those in the first half for the Wildcats. Coble and Doyle combined for 21 of Northwestern's 28 points in the first half. Thanks to Coble's medium-range jumpers and Doyle's slinky moves around the basket, the Wildcats kept Purdue within reach at the half, trailing 38-28.

    Down The Stretch
    In the final five minutes of their nine losses, the Hoosiers have struggled down the stretch. Indiana is getting outscored (10.2-8.0), outshot overall (50.0-34.5) and from 3-point range (30.8-26.1) while posting a 0.37 assist/turnover ratio.

    In the final five minutes of its 18 victories, IU is outscoring its opponents (11.7-9.2) and outshooting them overall (47.5-36.8), from deep (37.9-20.4) and from the charity stripe (76.3-66.3) while improving to a 0.78 assist/turnover ratio.

    Big Shot Bassett
    Freshman guard Armon Bassett scored 25 of the team's 58 points at Michigan State (Feb. 24), matching senior Roderick Wilmont for the team high this season. Bassett hit 7-of-12 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line to go along with five assists in 34 minutes.

    He is third on the team, averaging 10.5 points in Big Ten play, sits third in league games hitting 47.6 percent from beyond the arc and is fifth in conference games with a 1.43 assist/turnover ratio.

    After getting his feet wet through his first eight collegiate games, where he averaged 5.5 points in 21.9 minutes on 31.4 percent shooting and 25.0 percent from 3-point range, the Terre Haute, Ind., native has picked up the pace. He is averaging 11.2 points (third on the team) in 28.1 minutes, while shooting 43.6 percent overall and a team-best 49.2 percent from beyond the arc in the last 19 games.

    Bassett has recorded double digits 14 times this season, including 12 times in the 19-game stretch, doing most of his work in the second half. In the 14 games, Bassett leads the team with 8.6 second-stanza points and is shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 88.6 from the charity stripe. In the first 20 minutes, Bassett's numbers are reduced to 5.4 points, 41.0-percent shooting and 71.4 from the free throw line. He is hot from beyond the arc in both halves, hitting 59.3 in the second stanza and 56.5 in the opening 20.

    Tale Of Two Halves
    IU entered the locker room with a 30-20 lead at Michigan State (Feb. 24). In the opening stanza, the Hoosiers held the Spartans to 41.2-percent shooting and 25 percent from 3-point range, trailed on the boards 17-13, and forced 14 turnovers to just six of their own.

    The second 20 minutes saw MSU explode with 46 points on 68.8 percent overall and 60 percent (3-of-5) from deep. IU turned the ball over 10 times to nine Spartan miscues and Michigan State held a 14-8 advantage on the glass.

    Hoosier junior guard A.J. Ratliff netted 10 points in 18 minutes in the first 20 but did not score in eight minutes in half No. 2. Meanwhile, Spartan standouts Raymar Morgan (5 points), Travis Walton (3) and Drew Neitzel (2) combined for 10 first-half points only to erupt for 38 of the team's 46 second-half points.

    Bouncing Back
    The Hoosiers have proven to be a resilient team, posting a 7-1 record following a loss this season, including a 4-1 mark after Big Ten defeats. Indiana dropped its first game following a defeat when it fell at Michigan, 58-55, on Feb. 17, only to bounce back with a 71-59 victory over Minnesota on Feb. 21. Indiana is outscoring its opponents by a 10.5 margin (68.0-57.5) coming off a loss.

    In their defeats, the Hoosiers are averaging 58.4 points per game on 39.2-percent shooting and 34.0 percent from downtown. Those numbers improve to 68.0 points per contest, 44.3-percent shooting overall and 36.7 percent from 3-point range in the games following a loss.

    Inside The Numbers
    After posting a 6-2 mark through the first half of the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers have dropped four of their last six ballgames. All four losses have come on the road, where Indiana has lost five in a row and is 2-8 overall this season.

    Through the first half of the conference year, IU averaged 71.2 points, shot 47.2 percent and 40.8 from 3-point range. In its last six league games, those numbers fall to 65.3 points, 42.8 percent and 36.4 from downtown.

    Meanwhile, opponents averaged 62.4 points, shot 44.1 percent overall and 23.3 percent from long range in the first eight conference games. During the second half of Big Ten play, those numbers jumped to 67.7 points, 45.4 percent and 41.6 percent from deep.

    In addition, the Hoosiers owned a plus-2.4 advantage on the boards (31.9), outrebounded six opponents and recorded a 1.19 assist/turnover ratio (105-88) through the first eight games. Over the next six games, Indiana was minus-4.7 on the boards (27.8), lost the rebounding battle five times, and hold a 0.87 assist/turnover ratio (66-76).




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