Hoosiers Head West to Face Gonzaga
March 13, 2007
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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