Hoosiers, Bruins Square Off for Trip to Sweet 16
March 17, 2007
SACRAMENTO - Two of the most storied programs in college basketball history meet on Saturday when seventh-seeded Indiana and second-seeded UCLA square off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament West Region at ARCO Arena. The game will begin 30 minutes following the completion of the first match-up of the afternoon between Vanderbilt and Washington State, which tips at 5:40 ET.
CBS will televise the game, 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.
IU (21-10) dropped No. 10 Gonzaga in the opening round, 70-57, while the Bruins (27-5) took care of No. 15 Weber State, 70-42, to advance to round two. Indiana holds a 6-5 edge in the all-time series against UCLA, including a 2-1 advantage in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the two teams met, IU claimed a 106-79 victory to advance to the Final Four (March 28, 1992). The previous two contests took place in the Final Four, with the Hoosiers winning 65-51 on March 27, 1976 to advance to the national title game, and the Bruins carding a 70-59 victory to move on to the championship game on March 24, 1973.
-The Hoosiers are 3-3 all-time against No. 2 seeds, although they are 0-2 against second-seeded teams as a No. 7. Indiana is 11-5 all-time in the second round (0-2 as a No. 7).
-With its opening-round victory over Gonzaga, Indiana is now 60-28 (.682) in NCAA Tournament play. The 60 wins are the sixth most in NCAA history and the .682 winning percentage is the eighth best.
-Indiana has won four straight NCAA Tournament opening-round games.
-Making its seventh trip out West in the NCAA Tournament, Indiana is now 13-6 (.684). IU holds a 3-0 record in Sacramento, posting a pair of wins en route to the 2002 national championship game and its victory over Gonzaga.
-Indiana is now 3-2 as a seventh seed in NCAA play. The Hoosiers have won all three opening round match-ups but fallen in both second-round games.
-Senior guard Roderick Wilmont matched an Indiana NCAA record with 11 3-point attempts vs. Gonzaga. Steve Alford fired 11 treys against Auburn during IU's 1987 national title run .
-After senior guard Roderick Wilmont missed the team's first free throw attempt of the game, Indiana hit its final 15 free throws, including 12 in the second half, against Gonzaga. The team's 93.8 percent from the stripe is the best in IU's NCAA Tournament history. It also marked the third time this season the Hoosiers have hit over 90 percent from the line - at Ohio State (11-11) and at Connecticut (20-21, 95.2 percent).
-Indiana hit nine 3-pointers against Gonzaga, pushing its record to 12-1 when hitting at least nine treys. IU put up 25 attempts, marking the eighth time the team has shot at least 25 treys this season.
-The Hoosiers scored 70 points for the 19th time this season vs. the Zags, improving its record to 18-1 in those games. Since the 2000-01 season, Kelvin Sampson-coached teams are 112-13 (.896) when scoring at least 70 points.
-Gonzaga entered Thursday's first-round game scoring 79.1 points per game and shooting 48.7 percent from the floor. The Hoosiers held the Zags to 57 points (Gonzaga's second-lowest total) and 33.9 shooting (its lowest of the season and just the third time under 40 percent).
-Indiana cleaned up on the glass, hauling in 45 rebounds to Gonzaga's 30. The plus-15 advantage is the Hoosiers sixth time holding an edge of at least 10 and its first since a plus-20 showing against IUPUI on Dec. 22. IU also held an advantage on the offensive glass (12-6). Sampson-led teams have outrebounded 50 of their last 67 opponents, posting a 41-9 (.820) record in the process. They have also outrebounded 45 of their last 59 opponents (32-13, .711) on the offensive end, including 18 this season (13-5, .722).
-Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson evened his NCAA Tournament record to 12-12. Sampson is making his 13th NCAA appearance with his third different team (Washington State and Oklahoma).
-The Gonzaga victory gave Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosiers their 21st victory of the season. Sampson matched Mike Davis, who went 21-13 in 2000-01, for the most wins by a first-year Hoosier head coach.
-Junior forward D.J. White picked up the ninth double-double of his career and his seventh this season against the Zags. White poured in 16 points and 10 rebounds. He has 22 double-figure scoring efforts this season (IU is 16-6 in those games) and 47 10-point outings in 63 career games (31-15), including his last four times out. He picked up his eighth double-digit rebounding game this year and the 10th of his career. Additionally, White led the team with four assists.
-Coming off a two-point, 1-for-10 performance against Illinois (March 9), senior guard Roderick Wilmont responded with a game-high 22 points vs. Gonzaga. Wilmont hit 6-of-11 from beyond the arc and 8-of-16 overall to go along with seven rebounds. The Miramar, Fla., native has hit at least five treys in a game six times this season and has reached the 20-point mark 10 times in his career, as the Hoosiers are 9-1 in those contests. He has reached double figures 19 times this season (IU owns a 14-5 record) and has led Indiana in scoring 10 times this year (9-1).
-With his 11 3-points attempts against Gonzaga, Wilmont pushed his career total to 414, which is seventh in IU history. Wilmont has hit 76 trifectas, which is tied for fifth in an IU single season, and he moved into eighth place on the school's career list, hitting his 149th career trey vs. the Zags. Additionally, Wilmont hit 42 in Big Ten play, which is fifth in an Indiana league season. He averages 6.13 per game this season, ranked sixth in the Big Ten (overall games) with 2.33 3-pointers made per game and sat fifth in league games only with 2.63 treys made per contest.
-Senior guard Earl Calloway reached double figures for the 11th time this season with 11 points vs. Gonzaga. Indiana is 10-1 when the Atlanta native scores 10 points.
-Indiana is 9-1 following a loss this season.
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