Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Head West to Face Gonzaga

    Go Hoosiers! Senior guard Earl Calloway narrowly missed the second triple-double in school history against Gonzaga in last season's NCAA Tournament.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior guard Earl Calloway narrowly missed the second triple-double in school history against Gonzaga in last season's NCAA Tournament.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 13, 2007

    NCAA Tournament Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team will make its second straight trip and its 34th overall to the NCAA Tournament. IU is the No. 7 seed in the West Region and will take on the No. 10 seed Gonzaga on Thursday, March 15 at approximately 10 p.m. ET in Sacramento, Calif. The Hoosiers and Bulldogs will meet for the second time in as many years at the Big Dance, as the Zags ended Indiana's 2005-06 season with a 90-80 victory in the second round.

    IU is coming off a 58-54 overtime defeat to Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 9. Armon Bassett led the Hoosiers with 18 points, while D.J. White scored 14 and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the eighth double-double of his career. Indiana held a four-point lead twice in the final 4:16 of regulation. Up 50-46 with 2:13 left to play after a Bassett 3-pointer, Warren Carter and Trent Meacham each hit two free throws to knot the score at 50 with 1:11 remaining. A total of three baskets were missed in the closing moments to send the game into overtime, where the Fighting Illini pulled out the victory.

    On The Air
    The Indiana-Gonzaga game will be televised on CBS, with James Brown (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) on the call. 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.

    NCAA Success
    Indiana has been one of the most successful teams in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are heading to the Big Dance for a 34th time, which leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in NCAA history. In its 33 previous appearances, Indiana has posted 59 victories, the sixth most in NCAA history. IU owns a 59-28 (.678) overall record in the tournament, sharing the seventh-best winning percentage with Michigan State.

    Additionally, the Hoosiers have claimed five national championships, the third most in history, and have made eight trips to the Final Four, which is tied for seventh on the all-time list.

    The Indiana-Gonzaga Series
    Indiana and Gonzaga will meet for the third time overall and the second straight season in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Last year, the Bulldogs knocked off the Hoosiers, 90-80, in the second round of the Big Dance in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 18 (box score on page 51). The only other time the teams met, IU dropped the Zags, 76-75, in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 26, 2002.

    Hoosier Head Coach Kelvin Sampson is 0-1 in his career against Gonzaga. Sampson is making his 13th NCAA appearance, where he owns a 12-12 record.

    Last Time vs. Gonzaga
    Despite a 20-point second half from sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden and four Hoosiers in double figures, the Indiana men's basketball team fell to the No. 3 seed Gonzaga, 90-80, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Hoosiers knocked down an IU NCAA Tournament record with 16 3-point field goals, but it was not enough to overcome the Bulldogs. IU capped the season with an overall ledger of 19-12.

    For the game, Indiana shot 44.9 percent from the field and 16-of-36 from 3-point range (44.4 percent). Junior guard Earl Calloway narrowly missed becoming only the second Hoosier ever to record a triple-double, as he finished with 13 points to go along with a career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds. Vaden scored all of his team-high 20 points in the second half. Senior guard Marshall Strickland notched 18 points on 6-of-9 from downtown. Senior forward Marco Killingsworth rounded out the IU double-digit scorers with 12 points. Gonzaga overcame the Hoosiers' torrid shooting from behind the arc by outscoring IU, 32-2, at the free throw line.

    Scouting Gonzaga
    Gonzaga makes its ninth straight NCAA appearance and 10th trip overall. The Bulldogs own a 23-10 overall record, finished first in the West Coast Conference at 11-3 and captured the WCC Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.

    The Zags are led by a pair of guards in senior Derek Raivio and sophomore Jeremy Pargo. Raivio leads the team with 18.2 points per game in 36.2 minutes. He is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. Pargo adds 12.2 points and a team-best 4.6 assists. He is seeing 33.5 minutes per game and shooting at a 49.5 percent clip. Raivio scored 13 in last season's NCAA Tournament game against the Hoosiers, while Pargo delivered 10.

    Mark Few is in his eighth season as head coach at Gonzaga. He owns a 211-51 (.805) career record and has taken the Zags to the NCAAs each of his eight years. Few spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Gonzaga before taking over as head coach.

    IU vs. UCLA/Weber State
    Should the Hoosiers earn a victory in the first round, they will advance to face the winner of the UCLA-Weber State game. Indiana is 6-5 all-time against the second-seeded Bruins. The last time the two teams met, IU claimed a 106-79 victory on March 28, 1992 to advance to the Final Four. The Hoosiers own a 2-1 record over the Bruins in the NCAA Tournament, with all three contests taking place in the Elite Eight or Final Four. IU picked up a 65-51 win on March 27, 1976 to advance to the national title game, and the Bruins earned a 70-59 win in the Final Four on March 24, 1973.

    Indiana and 15th-seeded Weber State have only met once, with the Hoosiers prevailing 75-54 in the championship game of the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 30, 1995.

    Hoosier NCAA Facts
    Indiana enters the NCAA Tournament as the seventh seed in the West Region. The Hoosiers are 2-2 as the No. 7, going 1-1 in both 1998 and 2003. IU has never lost to a No. 10 seed, posting a perfect 4-0 record. For more details on Indiana's record as a seed and against a seed please see page 51.

    The Hoosiers are heading West for the seventh time (1989, '92, '95, '01, '02, '06). IU is 12-6 (.667) overall out West and advanced to the Final Four in both 1992 and 2002, making the national championship game in 2002. In its run to the title game, the Hoosiers opened the tournament at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, dropping Utah in the opening round (75-56) and UNC-Wilmington (76-67) in round two.

    IU vs. The Field
    The Hoosiers faced nine teams in the NCAA field this season, posting a 5-8 record. Indiana took on Purdue (1-1), Butler (0-1), Wisconsin (1-0), Kentucky (0-1), Illinois (1-2), Southern Illinois (1-0), Duke (0-1), Michigan State (1-1) and Ohio State (0-1).




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