Men's Basketball

    Hoosiers Begin Five-Game Homestand With Tennessee State

    Go Hoosiers! D.J. White
    Go Hoosiers!
    D.J. White
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 2, 2007

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    #15/15 Indiana vs. Tennessee State
    Monday, December 3, 7:06 p.m.
    Assembly Hall • First Meeting
    IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
    Big Ten Network (Matt Devlin and Rich Zvosec)

    The Opening Tip
    The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll and will host Tennessee State to close out a stretch which will see the Hoosiers play seven games in 15 days (close to 25% of their schedule). IU is coming off a 64-51 win at #22 Southern Illinois, its first road win over a nationally ranked opponent since January of 2002 (at Iowa). This will be the first meeting between the two teams. The Tigers have not played since November 18 when they lost 74-72 to Akron at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Both teams have played Georgia Tech this season. IU defeated the Yellow Jackets, 83-79, in the Big Ten ACC Challenge last week, while the Tigers fell 99-85 at home on November 11. Entering the game, Indiana is 15-0 all-time against Ohio Valley conference schools.

    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 482-269 (.660). He is 27-12 in two seasons and is 19-0 at Assembly Hall. Branch McCracken holds the record for most consecutive wins at home to start a career with 25 from 1938-41. Both of his Hoosier teams have been nationally ranked. This year, the Hoosiers have been ranked as high as eighth in the country, while last year, they climbed to #19.

    Coach Cy Alexander is in his fifth year with the Tigers.

    Up Next
    Indiana continues its five-game homestand with Kentucky on December 8. The Hoosiers will close out the calendar year with games against Western Carolina (December 15), Coppin State (December 22) and Chicago State (December 29).

    • Freshman Eric Gordon had 31 points against Illinois State, his third 30+ point effort of the season. Only one other freshman in school history, Mike Woodson in 1976-77, has scored 30 or more points three times in their freshman year. Gordon also was named all-tournament at the Chicago Invitational Challenge and has attempted 10 free throws or more in four games.

    Gordon is second in the nation in scoring to Kansas State's Michael Beasley (26.7). The Indianapolis North Central product is the first player in Indiana basketball history to score 20 points or more in the first seven games of his career. George McGinnis held the previous record with six straight to start a career.

    Gordon also set an IU first game and two-game scoring record with 31 points against UT Chattanooga and a total of 54 points in his first two games topped McGinnis who had 52. He also has played 40 minutes in each of the last two games.

    The Hoosiers are 6-0 when he makes two or more three-point field goals.

    • Senior D.J. White had his 13th career double-double and third in three games with his 10-point, 12 rebounds effort against Southern Illinois. White also had three blocks for good measure and now is sixth on the IU all-time list with 154 career blocked shots. He had 18-points and 14-rebounds against Georgia Tech. He also had 16 points and 10 boards against Xavier. His 14 rebounds against the Yellow Jackets matched a career high.

    White has three straight double-double efforts for the second time in his career (he accomplished the same the last three games of last season). With 10 rebounds against Illinois State, he now has posted double-digit rebounding efforts in four straight games, a career-best streak for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native. He was an all-tournament choice at the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

    Dating back to last season, White has posted double-double's in six of his last 10 games and posted 10 rebounds or more in seven games.

    • Junior Jamarcus Ellis has had double-double's for the second time in three games with his 11 points and 10 boards against Southern Illinois. He had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 caroms against Xavier. He leads the Big Ten averaging 6.4 defensive rebounds per game.

    Against Georgia Tech, he had 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals. In the last two games, he has made 10 straight free throws. He is tied for the team lead with D.J. White with 14 offensive rebounds. He also is averaging 12 points per game in the last three contests.

    • The Hoosiers are 4-0 this season when sophomore Armon Bassett scores in double figures. He had 12 points and made all four of his free throw attempts against SIU. He leads the team with 25 assists and has averaged 36.3 minutes per game in the last three games.

    • Senior Lance Stemler returned to the starting lineup against Georgia Tech and responded with a season-high 15 points.

    • Senior Mike White peeled off his redshirt against Georgia Tech and has contributed 3.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games.

    • Indiana has won the battle of the boards in each of the last four games. The Hoosiers outrebounded the Salukis, 38-29, including a 21-12 advantage in the second half.

    • The Hoosiers have averaged 5.3 blocks in the last four games.

    • The Hoosiers are 6-0 when it makes more free throws than its opponent.

    • The Hoosiers are 6-0 when it commits the same or fewer fouls in a game and five of the Hoosiers wins have come by 13 points or more.




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