Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Face UNC Pembroke In Final Exhibition

    Go Hoosiers! Brandon McGee
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brandon McGee
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 8, 2007

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    Exhibition Game
    #9 Indiana (21-11, 10-6 Big Ten in 06-07) vs. UNC Pembroke (6-22, 5-11 Peach Belt in 06-07)
    Saturday, November 10, 8:06 p.m.
    Assembly Hall (17,538) • Bloomington, Ind.
    IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray and Todd Leary)
    Big Ten Network (Matt Devlin and John Laskowski)

    The Opening Tip
    The Indiana men's basketball team begins its 108th season with its final exhibition game of the sason against UNC Pembroke, the alma mater of Hoosier Coach Kelvin Sampson.. The Hoosiers, who are ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll and AP Poll are coming off a 121-76 victory over North Alabama on Novembr 4. On Tuesday night, the Braves fell 76-41 at North Carolina State. Coach Sampson graduated from Pembroke State in 1978 and lettered in basketball and baseball. He received the Gregory Lowe Memorial Award as the outstanding physical education major as a senior.

    The Coaches
    Two-time National Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson was named the 26th head coach in Indiana University history on March 29, 2006 and enters his second year with the Hoosiers and 25th as a collegiate head coach. He has notched 16 20-plus win seasons and is 476-268 (.640). In his first year with the Cream and Crimson, Sampson's squad finished 21-11 and tied a school record by going 15-0 at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers earned their 34th NCAA Tournament bid, advanced to the second round of the West Regional after defeating Gonzaga, 70-57, in the first round, and were ranked as high as 19th in the country during the regular season.

    Jason Tinsley enters his seventh year at UNC Pembroke.

    Up Next
    Indiana will officially open the regular season on November 12 against Chattanooga. That will be the first of three straight home games as the Hoosiers host Longwood (November 18) and UNC Wilmington (November 20) for the first two rounds of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

    Preseason Odds and Trends
    The Hoosiers have had the benefit of playing four games in the preseason. Here are some numbers of note.

    • The Hoosiers are averaging 111.2 points and are shooting 56.9% from the field.

    • IU made 12 of 22 three pointers against UNA after shooting 13 for 55 from long distance in three games in the Bahamas.

    • The Cream and Crimson has a 53.2 to 30.0 edge in rebounds.

    • As a team, the Hoosiers are shooting 56.9% from the floor.

    • Freshmen Eric Gordon (26.5) and Jordan Crawford (18.5) are leading the team in scoring.

    • Sophomore Armon Bassett is averaging 16.0 points and is tied with Crawford for the team lead with eight treys.

    • Senior D.J. White is averaging 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 72.5% from the floor in just 17.5 minutes per game.

    • Junior Jamarcus Ellis is averaging 8.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 5.2 steals.

    • Junior DeAndre Thomas is averaging 8.0 points and is shooting 57.7% from the field.

    North Alabama Recap
    • Indiana placed six players in double digits against North Alabama in the Hoosiers 121-76 victory.

    • Indiana's 121 points would have eclipsed the regular season record of 118 points scored in Assembly Hall in 1990.

    • Freshman Jordan Crawford led all players with 30 points, going 10-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from 3-point range. The 6-for-6 from downtown is equal to Robert Vaden's school record for 3-point percentage in a regular season game.

    • Freshman Eric Gordon had 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting in the game. Including three games in the Bahamas, Gordon has averaged 26.5 points in his four exhibition games as a Hoosier. He has also shot 58.7 percent from the field.

    • Senior D.J. White had a double-double for the Hoosiers with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The senior added a game-high six assists, which is better than his career high, and three blocks for the Hoosiers in 26 minutes of action.

    • Sophomore Armon Bassett shot 50 percent or better for the third time in his four exhibition games this year, going 7-for-11, 2-for-4 from downtown, for 18 points in the game. Bassett also had five assists in the game.

    • Junior transfer Jamarcus Ellis had 10 points for Indiana and also had six of the Hoosiers' 13 steals.

    • Freshman Brandon McGee scored 12 points in 12 minutes and went 5-for-7 from the free throw line to lead the Hoosiers. He also grabbed six rebounds, three on the offensive glass.

    • Junior transfer DeAndre Thomas scored seven points and had three rebounds for the Hoosiers in just 12 minutes of action, shooting 3-for-5 from the field.

    • Freshman Eli Holman pulled down six rebounds, four offensive, for IU in 12 minutes of action. He scored five points on 2-for-4 shooting and had three blocks.

    • Senior Lance Stemler scored two points and had four rebounds for the Hoosiers.

    • Junior Kyle Taber grabbed two rebounds and had a steal in five minutes of action.

    • Freshman Brett Finkelmeier and senior Adam Ahlfeld each played the final minute for IU.

    • After North Alabama pulled within three (14-11) at the 16:02 mark of the first half, the Hoosiers went on an 25-6 run to take a 39-17 lead at the 7:36 mark. The IU defense held North Alabama to 3-for-17 shooting during that time while IU went 10-for-14, including a string of seven straight shots made.

    • The Hoosiers shot 59.5 percent from the floor in the first half, led by Eric Gordon (6-for-10, 13 points), Jordan Crawford (5-for-6, 13 points) and D.J. White (5-for-6, 11 points).




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