Aug. 30, 2007
INDIANA MEN'S BASKETBALL
8/31-IU vs. Bahamas Select, 8:30 p.m.
9/1- IU vs. Guatemala, Noon
IU vs. Sunshine Auto Club, 8 p.m.
9/2-IU vs. Commonwealth Bank Club, Noon
All games at Kendall Isaacs Stadium (2,500)
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Indiana will visit the Bahamas for a 48-hour journey which will see the Hoosiers compete in four games in three days. This will be the first trip overseas for IU since 1985 when the Hoosiers played 18 games in a summer tour which saw them play in Canada, Japan, China, Finland and Yugoslavia. Returnees began practicing August 25, while newcomers were eligible to begin workouts on August 27, which was the first official day of classes for the fall semester.
The traveling party will depart Friday from Indianapolis at 3 p.m(Eastern) and arrive in Nassau at 6 p.m. local time. The team will immediately head to Kendall Isaacs Stadium for its first exhibition. On Sunday, the group is scheduled to leave the Bahamas and arrive in Bloomington around 10 p.m.
COACH Kelvin Sampson
IU Coach Kelvin Sampson begins his second season with the Hoosiers after guiding them to a 21-11 record last season and the institution's 34th NCAA Tournament berth. IU defeated Gonzaga, 70-57 in the first round before falling to UCLA, 54-49 in the second round. The Hoosiers finished third in the Big Ten with a 10-6 record.
In 24 years as a head coach, Sampson is 476-268 and has won 20 or more games in 16 of those seasons. He is one of just five coaches in the country to have posted 10 straight 20 wins seasons. He came to IU after spending 12 years at Oklahoma (1994-2006), seven years at Washington State (1987-94) and four at Montana Tech (1981-85).
All three of Sampson's assistant coaches return for their second season. Indiana natives Ray McCallum and Jeff Meyer are joined by Rob Senderhoff. Former Hoosier player and assistant coach Dan Dakich has joined the staff as Director of Basketball Operations.
WE ARE NOT ALONE
Clemson, Northwestern (La.) State and Old Dominion also will be in the Bahamas over the holiday weekend.
IU is third all-time in NCAA Championships (5) fifth in NCAA Tournament appearances (34), sixth in NCAA Tournament victories (59), seventh in Final Four appearances (8) and ninth in overall victories (1,610).
RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Senior D.J. White will celebrate his 21st birthday on Friday. The All-Big Ten performer was outstanding for Team USA at the Pan American Games this past summer.
He was the eighth player in Indiana basketball history to suit up for Team USA in the Pan American Games and was the top performer for the squad after averaging 16.8 points (4th in the tournament) and 8.6 rebounds (3rd in the event) in five games. He shot 59.3% from the field (5th in the event) and led the team in steals with seven (7th in the event).
He had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the fifth place game against Panama (7/29/07). He also had 22 points and 13 boards against the Virgin Islands (7/28/07) and 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocks against Argentina (7/27/07). He notched 12 points and eight rebounds in the first game against Panama (7/26/07) and chipped in 14 points and nine caroms against Uruguay (7/25/07).
INDIANA MR. BASKETBALL
Freshman Eric Gordon is the fifth Mr. Basketball in Indiana to suit up for the Hoosiers in the last 11 years. Overall, 21 of the honorees since 1939 have worn the Cream and Crimson.
2007 Eric Gordon (North Central)
2004 A.J. Ratliff (North Central)
2000 Jared Jeffries (Bloomington North)
1998 Tom Coverdale (Noblesville)
1997 Luke Recker (DeKalb)
1990 Damon Bailey (Bedford N. Lawrence)
1989 Pat Graham (Floyd Central)
1987 Lyndon Jones/Jay Edwards (Marion)
1984 Delray Brooks (Michigan City)
1983 Steve Alford (New Castle)
1979 Steve Bouchie (Washington)
1977 Ray Tolbert (Madison Heights)
1973 Kent Benson (New Castle)
1970 Dave Sheperd (Carmel)
1969 George McGinnis (Washington)
1961 Tom and DIck Van Arsdale (Manual)
1959 Jimmy Rayl (Kokomo)
1947 Bill Garrett (Shelbyville)
1945 Tom Schwartz (Kokomo)