Men's Basketball

    Indiana Takes On Arkansas In NCAA First Round

    Go Hoosiers! DeAndre Thomas
    Go Hoosiers!
    DeAndre Thomas
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 18, 2008

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    Men's Basketball NCAA's Day 1 2008 

    NCAA First/Second Round (East Region)
    No. 8 Indiana (25-7, 14-4 Big Ten) vs. No. 9 Arkansas (22-11, 9-7 SEC)
    March 21, 2008 • RBC Center (19,722) • Raleigh, N.C.
    IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
    CBS (Billy Packer and Jim Nantz)
    Tipoff: Approximately 9:40

    The Opening Tip
    The Indiana men's basketball team will make its 35th appearance, the fifth most of all Division I institutions, in the NCAA Tournament when it takes on Arkansas in the first round in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, March 21. The Hoosiers are the eighth seed in the East Regional, while Arkansas is seeded ninth. The winner will take on top seed North Carolina or Mt. Saint Mary's/Coppin State in the second round on Sunday. The Hoosiers are currently ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

    The Hoosiers boast two All-Americans and the top two scorers in the conference in freshman Eric Gordon (21.5) and senior D.J. White (17.1). White also leads the league in rebounds, averaging 10.3 per game. White was a unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and earned Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous first team All-Big Ten from the media. Gordon was voted by the coaches as a first team All-Big Ten honoree, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an honoree on the All-Big Ten freshman team, and he was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Freshman of the Year as selected by the media. Sophomore Armon Bassett earned third team honors from the media and coaches, while junior Jamarcus Ellis secured honorable mention recognition from the media. The Hoosiers and Razorbacks will be meeting for just the second time. Indiana took the first matchup 75-50 on December 15, 1949 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are 52-32 all-time against the Southeastern Conference and are 9-2 against its league members in the NCAA Tournament. The last time Indiana faced an SEC club in the "Big Dance" was in 2003 when it defeated Alabama, 67-62, in Boston.

    Last year when IU interim coach Dan Dakich was at Bowling Green, his team defeated Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey's South Alabama squad, 65-64, in Bowling Green.

    Head Coach Dan Dakich
    Former Indiana player and assistant coach Dan Dakich was named interim head coach on February 22. He is 3-3 with Indiana and 159-143 overall as a head coach. He stepped 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 (305-105) 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. During his time as an assistant at Indiana, the Hoosiers were 17-11 and won the 1987 NCAA title. He left after the 1996-97 season to go to BG.

    National Honors A pair of Hoosiers earned several national recognitions as the regular season came to a close. Senior forward D.J. White picked up second team All-America accolades from, the USBWA, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. He also earned USBWA All-District V recognition and is one of 24 players on the Wooden Award List and one of 30 players on the Naismith Award List.

    Along with White, freshman guard Eric Gordon has been rewarded for one of the top first-year campaigns in school history. Gordon was named a first team All-American and first team Freshman All-American, a Sporting News All-Freshman team selection and a second team All-America honoree by Sports Illustrated. He also nabbed a USBWA All-District V selection and is one of 24 players on the Wooden Award List and one of 30 players on the Naismith Award List.

    NCAA Tournament History

    1.	UCLA, 11
    2.	Kentucky, 7
    3.	INDIANA, 5
    4.	North Carolina, 4
    5.	Duke, 3

    NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES 1. Kentucky, 49 2. North Carolina, 40 UCLA, 40 4. Kansas, 37 5. INDIANA, 35 6. Louisville, 34 7. Duke, 32 8. Syracuse, 31 9. Arkansas, 29 Notre Dame, 29

    NCAA TOURNAMENT VICTORIES 1. Kentucky, 98 2. North Carolina, 92 3. UCLA, 89 4. Duke, 85 5. Kansas, 76 6. INDIANA, 60 7. Louisville, 54 8. Syracuse, 48 9. Georgetown, 44 10. Arizona, 41 Michigan State, 41

    FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES 1. North Carolina, 16 UCLA, 16 3. Duke, 14 4. Kentucky, 13 5. Kansas, 12 6. Ohio State, 10 7. INDIANA, 8 Louisville, 8 9. Arkansas, 6 Cincinnati, 6 Michigan State, 6 Oklahoma State, 6

    TOURNAMENT WINNING PERCENTAGE 1. Duke, .752 (85-28) 2. UCLA, .736 (89-32) 3. Florida, .722 (26-10) 4. North Carolina, .708 (92-38) 5. UNLV, .696 (32-14) 6. Kentucky, .695 (98-43) 7. INDIANA, .681 (60-29) 8. Michigan, .680 (34-16) 9. Kansas, .679 (76-36) 10. Michigan State, .672 (41-20)




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