Men's Basketball

    Indiana Welcomes Western Illinois to Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Roderick Wilmont pulled down a career-high 10 boards as the Hooisers cruised past Charlotte on Dec. 2.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Roderick Wilmont pulled down a career-high 10 boards as the Hooisers cruised past Charlotte on Dec. 2.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 5, 2006

    Western Illinois Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following a 74-57 victory over Charlotte on Dec. 2, the Indiana men's basketball team wraps up its brief two-game homestand against the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.. This is the third straight season the teams will face off, with the Hoosiers taking the previous two meetings. IU won the lone matchup in Bloomington between the two clubs, 64-60, on Nov. 27, 2004.

    Led by four Hoosiers in double figures and 49 points off the bench, Indiana moved to 4-2 with its victory over Charlotte. Sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff (18), junior forward D.J. White (13), senior guard Earl Calloway (12) and junior forward Lance Stemler (10) all registered double-figure scoring nights, as IU shot 44 percent from the floor.

    The Hoosiers hauled in a season-high 46 rebounds, outrebounding the 49ers by 12, marking the sixth straight game IU has outrebounded its opponent. White notched his fourth career double-double, as he tallied a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with his 13 points.

    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-Western Illinois game will be televised by ESPN Plus Local and ESPNU with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    Scouting Western Illinois
    Western Illinois is coming off a 74-57 victory over Texas-Arlington on Dec. 4 to improve to 3-4 on the season. Five of the team's six games have been decided by three points or less with two settled in overtime. Prior to the Texas-Arlington game, the Leathernecks had dropped their last four contests - three by two points - including a 97-95 loss to IPFW in five overtimes on Nov. 21. In its most recent setback, WIU fell to Morehead State on Dec. 2, 57-56. Western earned a victory in its only other overtime game, dropping Radford, 75-72.

    Junior guard David Jackson leads the Leathernecks with 18.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He averages 36.9 minutes per game, is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor and is tied for the team lead with 2.7 assists each time out. Senior guard Sammy Hunter sits behind Jackson with 15.3 points per contest in 34.4 minutes of action.

    Derek Thomas is in his fourth season at Western Illinois. Thomas holds a 24-67 during his tenure and was named one of the top 30 up-and-coming coaches in America by Hoop Scoop Recruiting Service in 2005.

    The Indiana-Western Illinois Series
    Wednesday marks the third meeting between Indiana and Western Illinois. The two schools met for the first time during the 2004-05 season in Bloomington and faced off last season in Macomb, Ill., with the Hoosiers taking both matchups. Below is a look at the series history:

    Date Outcome Location
    Nov. 26, 2005 W, 102-79 Macomb, Ill.
    Nov. 27, 2004 W, 64-60 Bloomington, Ind.

    Last Time vs. Western Illinois
    The No. 20/21 Indiana men's basketball team used a balanced attack in cruising to a 102-79 victory at Western Illinois on Nov. 26, 2005. IU nailed 16 3-point field goals and recorded 29 assists.

    The 16 3-pointers tied for the second most in school history with the 16 IU hit against Florida A&M just five days earlier and the 16 against Alaska-Anchorage in 2001. The 32 trifectas were the most in a two-game stretch in school history. The 29 assists also tied for the third most in school history. The 102 points were the most a Hoosier team has scored since posting 103 against Northeastern on Dec. 28, 2000.

    Indiana continued to use a balanced scoring attack. For the third straight game, five different Hoosiers scored in double figures led by the 22 points of both senior forward Marco Killingsworth and sophomore wing Robert Vaden. The 22-point performance was a career-high for Vaden to go along with career marks of eight assists, four 3-point field goals and five steals. A trio of guards rounded out the double-digit scorers with junior Roderick Wilmont adding 15 points, senior Marshall Strickland chipping in 13 and junior Errek Suhr scoring 12. Wilmont, who made his first start of the year, led the Hoosiers in rebounds with nine.

    Birthday Bash
    A.J. Ratliff delivered quite a present to himself and his teammates on his 21st birthday against Charlotte. The sophomore guard lit up the scoreboard with 16 points in the first half, matching a career-high with four 3-pointers. Ratliff closed the contest with a season-high 18 points in 28 minutes, contributing to the Hoosiers' staggering 49-5 edge in bench points. The Indianapolis native's scoring performance is the second highest of his career behind a 21-point outburst vs. Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2005.

    Double Your Pleasure
    Junior forward D.J. White carded a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points for his fourth-career double-double and his second this season. White dropped 18 points and grabbed 11 boards against Chicago State earlier in the year.

    Senior guard Roderick Wilmont joined White in double figures on the glass with a career-high 10. The last time the Hoosiers had two players with 10-plus rebounds in the same game came on Jan. 3, 2004 against Temple. Former Hoosiers A.J. Moye (12) and Pat Ewing, Jr. (10) accomplished the feat.

    To The Depths
    Spearheaded by junior guard A.J. Ratliff's 18 points, Indiana's bench dominated Charlotte by a 49-5 margin. Also contributing to the 49-point total, junior forward Lance Stemler added 12 points along with senior guard Earl Calloway's 10 points. IU's bench has outscored its opponents 147-75 on the season. In all, the Hoosiers used 10 players against the 49ers.




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