#12 Indiana Visits #15/19 Michigan State
Feb. 29, 2008
#12 Indiana (24-4, 13-2 Big Ten) at #15/19 Michigan State (22-6, 10-5 Big Ten)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 12th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and by AP and will look to continue its quest for the Big Ten championship when it visits Michigan State. Indiana has won four straight conference games and seven of its last eight. The Hoosiers boast the top two scorers in the conference in freshman Eric Gordon (21.4) and senior D.J. White (17.1). White also leads the league in rebounds, averaging 10.4 per game. The leading 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, a favorite for Big Ten Freshman of the Year, has set the IU record for freshman scoring with 577 points surpassing the old mark of 500 which was set by Mike Woodson in 1976-77. Sophomore Armon Bassett has stepped up his play with his 24-point effort at Northwestern followed up by a 23-point performance against Ohio State. Bassett is the top three-point shooter in the league (48.7%) and is third on the team scoring 11.3 points per game. Michigan State is 22-6 overall and 10-5 in the league. IU knocked off MSU, 80-61, in the first meeting of the season between the two teams in Bloomington on Feb. 16.
Former Indiana player and assistant coach Dan Dakich was named interim head coach on February 22. He is 2-0 with Indiana and 158-140 overall as a head coach. He steps in for Kelvin Sampson who resigned after guiding Indiana to a 43-15 record in less than two years and notched a 498-272 mark in 25 years as a head coach. Dakich returned to IU this year after serving as the head coach for 10 seasons at Bowling Green. He was the third winningest coach in Falcon history with a 156-140 mark. Dakich helped the Indiana program win 73.7 percent (283-101) of its games over the 12 years he served as an assistant coach, while the Hoosiers were winning over 70 percent of their Big Ten contests. He was a graduate assistant from 1985-87 before being named full-time prior to the 1987-88 campaign. Coach Tom Izzo is in his13th season at Michigan State and is 300-127 with the Spartans. He is 12-10 all-time against Indiana. Izzo has one NCAA championship and four Big Ten titles to his credit.
IU finishes out its home season on March 5 against Minnesota before ending the regular season on March 9 at Penn State. The Hoosiers have clinched an opening day bye in the Big Ten Tournament and will not play their first game in the event until Friday, March 14.
Enberg In IU Athletics Hall of Fame
CBS announcer Dick Enberg was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. He received his Masters and Doctorate at Indiana University, and in 1958 was the first "Voice of the IU Sports Network."
Looking Back at Ohio State
With the win, Indiana improved to 101-72 all-time against the Buckeyes, including a 29-5 mark in Assembly Hall. IU swept the season series against OSU for the first time since winning all three matchups in the 1997-98 season.
Indiana won its 16th game at Assembly Hall, a new record in the facility, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 set in 1986-87, 1992-93 and 2006-07.
After the Buckeyes scored the first points of the game with a Kosta Koufos three, the Hoosiers went on a 18-4 run to take an 11-point lead with 11:06 to play in the opening half. The Hoosiers did not trail from that point forward.
The Hoosier defense came out strong at the beginning of the game, holding the Buckeyes to 2-for-11 shooting over the first nine minutes of the game.
Indiana improved to 33-4 when leading at the half and 32-5 when outrebounding an opponent over the last two seasons.
IU posted 17 or more offensive rebounds for the third time in Big Ten play and the seventh time this season. The Hoosiers' 16 second-chance points in conference play were only bested this season by 20 at Michigan.
Interim head coach Dan Dakich improved to 2-0 in his Hoosier tenure, winning his first game in Assembly Hall as IU's head coach. He is 158-140 in his 11th season as a head coach.
Armon Bassett had 23 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range. It was his third straight game with four or more 3-balls, as he is averaging 21.0 points in IU's last three contests. The sophomore had 24 points at Northwestern, giving him back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in his career.
Eric Gordon had 17 points for Indiana, furthering his freshman record with 577 points. That total puts him in a tie for 20th place on the Hoosiers' single-season list, as he matched the mark set by Greg Graham in 1992-93 and Mike Woodson in 1977-78. He passed Steve Downing, Ted Kitchel, Randy Wittman and A.J. Guyton on the list.
Gordon also had six rebounds, matching a career high. He added three assists and three steals and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
For the 17th time this season, D.J. White scored IU's first points of the game. Indiana improved to 15-2 when White scores first. With eight rebounds, White moved into 15th place with 697 career rebounds, passing Calbert Cheaney. He added 16 points and two blocks in the contest.
Jordan Crawford scored nine points and added two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the victory. Lance Stemler had six rebounds and had a key putback with just over four minutes to play to stretch IU's lead to seven points.
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