Men's Basketball

    Ninth-Ranked Hoosiers Host Chattanooga In Season Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Coach Kelvin Sampson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Coach Kelvin Sampson
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 11, 2007

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    #9 Indiana vs. Chattanooga
    Monday, November 12, 7:06 p.m.
    First meeting between the two teams
    Assembly Hall (17,538)
    IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
    Big Ten Network (Jim Kelly and John Laskowski)

    The Opening Tip
    The Indiana men's basketball team begins its 108th season when it hosts Chattanooga. The Hoosiers, who are ranked ninth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll and AP Poll are coming off a 111-62 victory over UNC Pembroke in their final exhibition game on November 10. The Mocs defeated Covenant, 120-59 Friday night in their season opener. The Hoosiers have won their last 17 home games dating back to the 2005-06 season and tied a school record by going 15-0 at home last year. The Hoosiers have won 22 straight home openers and are 85-22 in their first game of the season all-time in Bloomington. IU also has won nine straight season openers and is 6-0 all-time against the Southern Conference. Kelvin Sampson-coached teams are 18-2 in their last 20 season openers.

    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.

    John Shulman (E. Tennessee `89) is in his fourth year at Chattanooga and is 55-42 overall with the Mocs.

    Up Next
    Indiana will host Longwood (November 18) and UNC Wilmington (November 20) for the first two rounds of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

    The UNCP Game
    • For the second straight contest, Indiana had six players finish in double figures. Armon Bassett, D.J. White and Eric Gordon have finished in double figures in all five exhibition contests, while Jordan Crawford, Brandon McGee and Jamarcus Ellis have done so in each of the last two.

    • In the second half, the Hoosiers went 20-for-31 from the field, including a stretch where they hit 13 shots in a row, putting together a 34-8 run to stretch their lead to 101-53 with 5:11 left in the contest. McGee was 5-for-5 and Ellis was 4-for-4 during that span.

    • Indiana was 18-for-30 from three-point range and 36-for-60 overall, shooting 60 percent in each category. IU shot 60 percent from the field against North Alabama on Sunday and hit 54.5 percent from 3-point range.

    • After hitting just 13 shots from downtown in the Bahamas (13-for-55), the Hoosiers have made 30 in the last two games (30-for-52). In 2006-07, Indiana shot 37.9 percent from 3-point land and had a season-high 17 against Penn State (March 3, 2007) - the Assembly Hall record.

    • Gordon had 24 points in the game, all of them coming in the first half. Gordon was 8-for-10 from the field in the frame, including 6-for-6 from downtown.

    • McGee had all 18 of his points in the second half, while Ellis had all 15 of his after the break. McGee finished 7-for-9 from the field with seven rebounds, while Ellis was 6-for-8 with eight assists.

    • White finished with 10 points, three blocks and three rebounds. The senior went 6-for-9 from the line, his most free throws and attempts during the exhibition season.

    • After going 1-for-5 in the first half, Crawford went 3-for-4 after the break, and hit back-to-back shots during IU's string of 13 field goals in a row. He had six assists for Indiana, tying his high of the preseason.

    • Bassett had 15 points in the first half, shooting 5-for-8 and 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Bassett had four steals before the break in his 16 minutes of action.

    Eli Holman played the final 10 minutes for the Hoosiers, scoring eight points on 3-for-4 shooting. The freshman also grabbed a pair of offensive boards for IU.

    Lance Stemler started for the Hoosiers, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds. Kyle Taber played the final six minutes and posted two rebounds.

     

     


       

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