Indiana Travels to Lexington to Face Kentucky
Dec. 8, 2006
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.
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Last Time Out
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
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).
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
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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