Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Return Home to Face Charlotte

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Armon Bassett netted a career-high 16 points at Duke on Nov. 28.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Armon Bassett netted a career-high 16 points at Duke on Nov. 28.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 1, 2006

    Charlotte Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team returns home after its first road trip of the 2006-07 season at Duke to face the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, Dec. 2. This marks the fourth straight season and the fifth time in the last six years the two clubs have met, with the Hoosiers taking four of the five contests. IU owns a 2-1 edge in games played at Assembly Hall.

    In its last outing, Indiana fell 54-51 to No. 10/11 Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Hoosiers erased a 15-point, first-half deficit and a 12-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 40-40 with 12:12 remaining before ultimately falling short.

    Freshman Armon Bassett led Indiana with a career-high 16 points. He went 4-of-5 from three-point range and added five rebounds. Freshman Joey Shaw scored nine points off the bench, while senior Errek Suhr ignited a furious second-half rally with five points, two assists, two rebounds and a pair of steals.

    On The Air
    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    The Indiana-Charlotte game will be televised by ESPN Plus Local, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    The Indiana-Charlotte Series
    When Charlotte plays Indiana on the hardwood, the two teams usually make for an exciting contest. This is the sixth meeting between the two schools - the series began in 2000 - with the Hoosiers winning four of the five games. Prior to last season's 71-54 Indiana victory, the four matchups between the teams were decided by a total of 19 points - an average of 4.8 points a game. IU holds a 2-1 edge in games played in Bloomington. Below is a look at the series history:

    Date Outcome Location
    Dec. 19, 2005 W, 71-54 Charlotte
    Dec. 22, 2004 L, 74-73 Bloomington
    Jan. 4, 2003 W, 70-60 Bloomington
    Nov. 18, 2001 W, 65-61 Charlotte
    Dec. 16, 2000 W, 76-72 Bloomington

    Scouting Charlotte
    Charlotte enters Saturday's contest with a 2-3 mark following a 78-69 defeat at Mississippi State on Nov. 29. After splitting its first four games, the 49ers fell short in Starkville, Miss., despite a 23-point evening from junior guard Leemire Goldwire and senior forward E.J. Drayton's third double-double of the season (12 pts., 11 rebs.). Charlotte knocked off Hofstra (88-82) in its home opener before falling to North Texas (90-72) and at Syracuse (79-67). It bounced back with a 72-63 victory over Georgia State to end its two-game skid.

    The 49ers are led by senior De'Angelo Alexander (17.2 pts., 7.4 rebs.), who is one of the top-50 candidates for the Wooden National Player of the Year award, Goldwire (17.0 pts.) and Drayton (10.8 pts., 10.8 rebs.).

    In the win against Georgia State, however, Charlotte received strong performances from junior newcomer point guard Carlos Williams (15 pts., 5 rebs.), senior reserve center Courtney Williams (10 rebs.) and freshman guard Ian Andersen (11 pts., 3-5 3FG).

    Under the direction of eighth-year Head Coach Bobby Lutz, Charlotte was picked fourth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll of coaches and media. Lutz has led the 49ers to six postseason tournaments, five NCAA Tournaments and posted four 20-win seasons. Charlotte has won three conference championships, including two tourney titles and one regular-season crown. Lutz and Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Samspon both participated in the eight-team Operation Hardwood II basketball tournament in Kuwait on May 23-29, 2006.

    Last Time vs. Charlotte
    The No. 18/17 Indiana men's basketball team used 10 first-half three-pointers and a stingy defense to roll past Charlotte, 71-54, on Dec. 19, 2005 at Halton Arena in Charlotte. In the opening half, the Hoosiers hit 10-of-14 from behind the arc, including six straight during a 22-2 run. Down the stretch, IU limited Charlotte to 26.6 percent shooting from the field, including just 19.4 percent in the second half.

    Fifth-year senior forward Marco Killingsworth led the Hoosiers with 17 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field and pulling down five rebounds. Sophomore forward D.J. White made his return to the Indiana lineup after missing the season's first seven games with a broken foot and added eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes of action.

    Senior guard Marshall Strickland was the third Hoosier in double figures with 12 points, hitting on 4-of-6 from three-point range. The Winfield, Md., native led the Hoosiers with a career-high nine rebounds in the victory. Senior guard Lewis Monroe also pulled down a career-best total of eight boards to go along with a team-high four assists.




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