Nov. 21, 2007
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
CHICAGO INVITATIONAL CHALLENGE
INDIANA vs. ILLINOIS STATE, 8:36 P.M.(Eastern)
November 23, 2007 Sears Centre (10,000)
Hoffman Estates, Ill. IU leads series 3-0.
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Big Ten Network (Mark Neely and John Laskowski)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll and will battle Illinois State in the semifinals of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. IU is coming off a 95-71 win over UNC Wilmington in the second round on Tuesday. Illinois State is 3-0 this season and defeated UNCW at home, 89-73, on Sunday. IU holds a 3-0 lead in the series having defeated the Redbirds, 83-48 in Bloomington in 1988, 82-58 in Indianapolis in 1986, and 54-44 in Bloomington in 1983. Overall, the Hoosiers have a 42-12 record against Missouri Valley Conference foes. Xavier and Kent State will battle in the other semifinal with the respective winners and losers from each game playing each other on Saturday. Chicago natives Jamarcus Ellis (Westinghouse), DeAndre Thomas (Westinghouse) and Brandon McGee (Crane) are returning home to play collegiately in their hometown for the first time. Both IU games will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
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 479-268 (.652). 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.
Illinois State's Tim Jankovich is in his first year of leading the Redbirds.
The Hoosiers will take on either Xavier or Kent State on Saturday before returning home November 27 to face Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Indiana also will play at #18 Southern Illinois on December 1 before returning home to face Tennessee State on December 3 and Kentucky on December 8.
Tournament Results and Schedule
First and Second Rounds
Xavier 90, SE Missouri 59 (November 10)
Illinois State 90, SE Missouri 71 (November 14)
Indiana 100, Longwood 49 (November 18)
Illinois State 89, UNC Wilmington 73 (November 18)
Kent State 74, Coppin State 51 (November 18)
Xavier 98, Coppin State 49 (November 20)
Kent State 80, Longwood 62 (November 20)
Indiana 95, UNC Wilmington 71(November 20)
Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Third Round Schedule - Nov. 23 (Central Time)
UNC Wilmington vs Longwood, Noon
SEMO vs Coppin State, 2:30 p.m.
Xavier vs Kent State, 5 p.m.
Indiana vs Illinois State, 7:30 p.m.
Championship Round - Nov. 24 (Central Time)
Loser of UNCW/LU vs Loser of SEMO/CSU, 11:30 a.m.
Winner of UNCW/LU vs Winner of SEMO/CSU, 2 p.m.
Loser of XU/KSU vs Loser of IU/ISU, 5 p.m.
Winner of XU/KSU vs Winner of IU/ISU, 7:30 p.m.
If the Hoosiers Play Xavier
The Hoosiers hold an 8-0 advantage over the Musketeers. The two teams last met on November 29, 2003 when the Hoosiers took an 80-77 win in overtime in a game in Indianapolis. They are 2-1 entering this weekend
Coach Sean Miller is in his fourth season at Xavier and has a 65-33 record. The Musketeers were 25-9 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana has a 32-11 record all-time against the Atlantic-10.
If the Hoosiers Play Kent State
The Hoosiers have a 3-1 edge against the Golden Flashes. Indiana defeated Kent State 81-69 to advance to the 2002 Final Four. The previous year, the Golden Flashes had knocked off Indiana, 77-73, in the NCAA Tournament in San Diego.
Kent State is one of just nine NCAA I programs to have won at least 20 games in the last nine seasons. Coach Jim Christian is in his sixth year with the program and has a 113-52 record.
Indiana has a 71-12 mark all-time against the Mid-American Conference.
Where the Hoosiers Rank Nationally
The Hoosiers lead the nation in field goal shooting at 58.0%.
The Hoosiers also lead the nation in three-point field goal accuracy at 54.2% from long range.
The Hoosiers are eighth in the nation averaging 10.7 three-point field goals per game.
Freshman Eric Gordon is third in the nation in scoring at 28.0 points per game.
Big Ten Notes
The Hoosiers have five players ranked among the top 29 scores in the league. Eric Gordon (1, 28.0), Armon Bassett (4, 17.7), Jordan Crawford (14, 14.7), D.J. White (15, 13.7), DeAndre Thomas (29, 10.7).
Sophomore Armon Bassett leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (73.3%) and is second in overall field goal percentage (70.8)
The Hoosiers lead the league in scoring (98.0), field goal percentage (58.0) and three-point field goal percentage (54.2).