Men's Basketball

    Indiana Travels to Lexington to Face Kentucky

    Go Hoosiers! Fresh off the first double-double of his career, senior Roderick Wilmont leads the Hoosiers into Lexington on Saturday, Dec. 9.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Fresh off the first double-double of his career, senior Roderick Wilmont leads the Hoosiers into Lexington on Saturday, Dec. 9.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 8, 2006

    Kentucky Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team (5-2) heads to Rupp Arena for the first time since 1988 to battle the Kentucky Wildcats (5-3) at noon on Saturday, Dec. 9. IU and UK are meeting for the 50th time and the 38th straight season. The game will be televised by CBS with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) on the call.

    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.

    Last Time Out
    Five players scored in double figures as the Indiana men's basketball team posted a 92-40 victory over Western Illinois on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Dec. 6. The 52-point victory marked the largest margin of victory for the Hoosiers since a 102-46 triumph over Drake on Dec. 27, 1998.

    The Hoosiers turned in their best all-around effort of the season, combining stifling defense, efficient offense and good perimeter shooting in the victory. Indiana forced WIU to commit 18 turnovers while making just three of their own in the victory. IU posted a 19-3 advantage in assists and a 43-33 edge on the glass.

    The Indiana-Kentucky Series
    Saturday's game will mark the 50th meeting and the 38th consecutive season Indiana and Kentucky have met on the hardwood, with UK holding a 27-22 advantage. Last season, IU earned a convincing 79-53 victory at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis on Dec. 10.

    This is the first meeting between the two teams in Lexington since Dec. 20, 1988 and the 10th overall meeting at Kentucky. The Wildcats hold a 6-3 series advantage in Lexington, although the Hoosiers prevailed in the 1988 contest, 75-52.

    IU's last victory over UK in the Bluegrass State came in 1988. Indiana is winless in its last seven trips to Kentucky (all games played at Freedom Hall in Louisville).

    Scouting Kentucky
    After starting the year with a 3-0 record, Kentucky is 2-3 in its last five games. All three of its losses this season have come to ranked teams, including Memphis (80-63), UCLA (73-68) and its most recent setback, a 75-63 loss to North Carolina. The Wildcats last two victories came against the College of Charleston on Nov. 28, a 77-61 win, and Tennessee-Chattanooga on Dec. 5, 79-63.

    Junior forward Randolph Morris leads the Wildcats with 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 63.6 percent from the field. Junior guard Joe Crawford is second on the team with 14.6 points per game, and is playing a team-high 31.6 minutes per contest. Junior guard Ramel Bradley rounds out the players averaging double figure scoring, with 12.8 points per game. He leads the team with 14 steals.

    Tubby Smith is in his 10th season at Kentucky. He holds a 246-74 record during his time in Lexington, and is 370-136 in his 16-year coaching career. Smith won the NCAA Championship with the Wildcats in his first year with the team in 1998.

    Last Time vs. Kentucky
    Behind a relentless and swarming defensive attack, the No. 16/18 Indiana men's basketball team stifled the No. 15/15 Kentucky Wildcats, 79-53, at the RCA Dome on Dec. 10, 2005. The 26-point triumph was the largest margin of victory for the Hoosiers in the 49 meetings between the two clubs, and it snapped the Wildcats five-game winning streak in the series. IU improved to 5-2, while UK fell to 6-3.

    The Hoosier defense held Kentucky to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the floor and 7.4 percent (2-of-27) from three-point range. IU forced UK to commit 19 turnovers and converted those miscues into 25 points.

    Meanwhile, the Hoosiers excelled from the floor with a stellar 53.3 shooting percentage (24-45). It marked the first time in 32 ballgames Kentucky had allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent and just the second time in its last 75 contests.

    Senior forward Marco Killingsworth paced the Hoosiers with a game-high 23 points and a game-high 11 boards. Killingsworth missed only one shot en route to a 7-of-8 performance.

    Along with Killingsworth, in his third game back from injury, sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff netted a career-high 21 points, all in the second half, in 21 minutes of action.

     

     


       

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