Men's Basketball

    Indiana Faces Illinois in Big Ten Tournament Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana faces third-seeded Illinois on Friday at 9:10 p.m. EST.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana faces third-seeded Illinois on Friday at 9:10 p.m. EST.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 8, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team heads to Chicago for the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, where it received a first-round bye and will face sixth-seeded Illinois on Friday, March 9 with a 9:10 p.m. EST tip time at the United Center. IU concluded the 2006-07 regular season 20-9 overall and 10-6 in the league, earning sole possession of third place and the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus, with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (analyst) on the call.

    Indiana split the season series against Illinois, with each team holding serve on its home court. The Hoosiers knocked off the Fighting Illini, 65-61, on Feb. 10 after dropping a 51-43 contest on Jan. 23.

    The Hoosiers third seed matches its best seeding in the tournament (1999). Indiana owns an 8-9 overall record in the Big Ten Tournament, including a 1-0 mark against Penn State and a 1-4 record vs. Illinois.

    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.

    All-Big Ten Hoosiers
    Senior guards Roderick Wilmont and Earl Calloway joined junior forward D.J. White in earning All-Big Ten honors. White collected second team accolades from the conference coaches and media, while Wilmont picked up third team honors from the coaches and the media. Calloway secured honorable mention recognition from the media. Additionally, senior guard Errek Suhr was selected as Indiana's representative for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

    White was the lone Hoosier to add to his postseason Big Ten hardware collection. He garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-Big Ten honors following the 2004-05 campaign.

    Hoosier Big Ten Players Of The Week
    Roderick Wilmont picked up the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career on March 5 and became the second Hoosier this season to claim the award. The senior guard recorded back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 26.0 points and 11.5 rebounds, as the Hoosiers clinched sole possession of third place with victories at Northwestern (Feb. 28) and against Penn State (March 3). Wilmont finished the week shooting 19-of-35 from the field (.543) and 13-of-24 from the three-point line (.542).

    Junior forward D.J. White earned his first Big Ten Player of the Week laurel on Jan. 15, becoming the first Hoosier to collect the honor this season and the first since Marco Killingsworth on Jan. 23, 2006. He carded his second straight double-double, tying career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Iowa (Jan. 16). He hit 10-of-13 from the floor and added two blocks in 35 minutes. This came on the heels of a 14-point, 11-board performance at Penn State (Jan. 13). White became the first Hoosier since Killingsworth (March 10-11, 2006) to record back-to-back double-doubles and has five this season and seven in his career.

    Milestone Win
    With it's win over Penn State (March 3), Indiana...
    -recorded its first perfect season at Assembly Hall (15-0) since 1993-94 (13-0).
    -clinched sole possession of third place in the Big Ten, team's best finish since 2002 (T-1st).
    -earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, matching the team's best seeding at the event (1999).
    -secured its first 20-win season since the 2002-03 team recorded a 21-13 mark.
    -picked up its first 20-win regular season since the 1999-00 club won 20.
    -notched 10 wins in league play.
    -ran Kelvin Sampson's streak of 20-win seasons to 10.

    At The Big Ten Tournament
    Indiana matched its best seeding at the Big Ten Tournament, earning the third seed. The last time IU secured the No. 3 position, it fell to No. 11 Illinois in the quarterfinals of the 1999 Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers are 6-6 all-time at the United Center, including a 5-6 mark in the league's postseason event. It's best finish came in 2001, when Indiana fell in the championship game to Iowa, 63-61. Against its possible quarterfinal opponents, IU is 1-4 against Illinois and 1-0 vs. Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament.

    The Indiana-Illinois Series
    Indiana and Illinois met for the 157th time on Feb. 10, as the Hoosiers claimed a 65-61 victory in Bloomington. This came on the heels of the Fighting Illini's 51-43 win in Champaign on Jan. 23. IU holds an 80-77 advantage in the all-time series. Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 1-1 against U of I following this season's meetings.

    Indiana and Illinois have met five times at the Big Ten Tournament, with the Fighting Illini holding a 4-1 edge. The last time the two teams met at the event, the top-seeded Illini got by the eighth-seeded Hoosiers, 71-59, in a semifinal match-up at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2004.

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

    Date Outcome Location
    Feb. 6, 2005 L, 60-47 Champaign
    Jan. 17, 2006 W, 62-60 Bloomington
    Feb. 19, 2006 L, 70-58 Champaign
    Jan. 23, 2007 L, 51-43 Champaign
    Feb. 10, 2007 W, 65-61 Bloomington

    Last Time Vs. Illinois
    Indiana got a key defensive stop with just five seconds remaining, and senior Earl Calloway sank two free throws with three ticks left on the clock as the Hoosiers held on to defeat Illinois, 65-61, at Assembly Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10.

    Three Hoosiers scored in double figures in the win. Senior Roderick Wilmont led IU with 17 points, while freshman Armon Bassett tallied 15 and junior D.J. White added 13.

    Down three, 61-58, with 3:37 left to play, two free throws by White brought IU back to within one at the 1:50 mark, and Bassett put the Hoosiers back on top, 62-61, with 44 seconds remaining. One more from the charity stripe, this time by junior A.J. Ratliff, gave Indiana a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play. After a timeout by IU, White forced Shaun Pruitt into a five-second call to give the Hoosiers possession, and Calloway iced the game with a pair of free throws.




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