Dec. 13, 2007
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#13/#14 Indiana (8-1) vs. Western Carolina (3-5)
Saturday, December 15, 8:06 p.m.
Assembly Hall (17,357)
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Big Ten Network (Mark Neely and John Laskowski)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 13th in the AP Poll and 14th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and will host Western Carolina in the third of a five-game December homestand, the first ever meeeting with WCU. IU has won its last four games and is coming off a 70-51 win over Kentucky. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 23-game home court winning streak. The Hoosiers have the fourth longest home court winning streak in the nation behind Memphis (36), BYU (35), and Notre Dame (25) and the 23-game mark is the fourth longest in Assembly Hall history and tied for fifth all-time in IU lore. The Catamounts of the Southern Conference are 3-5 after defeating North Carolina Central, 84-64, on December 5. The Hoosiers defeated another SoCon foe, Chattanooga, 99-77, on November 12 and are 7-0 all-time against teams from that league.
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 484-269 (.643), which ranks 19th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 29-12 in two seasons and is 21-0 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 Sampson's 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 Larry Hunter is in his third year at Western Carolina. He also has been a head coach at Ohio and Wittenberg and is 536-266 in 27 years as a head coach.
Eric Gordon leads the league and is eighth in the nation in scoring (24.3) and is seventh in the league in field goal percentage (53.4), second in three-point field goal percentage (50.0), and in free throw percentage (83.8). He has made (62) and attempted (74) more free throws than any other player in the league. The last freshman to lead the Big Ten in scoring was Minnesota's Kris Humphries (21.7) in 2004. The highest scoring average by a freshman in league history was set by Purdue's Glenn Robinson (24.1) in 1993.
D.J. White was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight week (12/10) after averaging 22.5 points and 13.0 rebounds against Kentucky and Tennessee State. He is currently eighth in the league in scoring (14.8), first in rebounds (9.1), second in field goal percentage (62.2) and sixth in blocked shots (1.78). He became the 41st member of the school's 1000-point club (1,006) against Kentucky.
The Hoosiers lead the league in scoring (81.1).
Indiana has made a national best 19.8 free throws per game.
Indiana has had 14 straight home crowds of more than 17,000 fans per game and leads the Big Ten in attendance averaging 17,258 fans per game.
Indiana Coach Kelvin Sampson is 16 wins away from reaching 500 in his 25 years as a head coach.
Sampson's 21 straight wins at home to start a career is the second highest total in school history. Branch McCracken won his first 25 home games from 1938-1941.
In the Last Four Games
The Hoosiers are enjoying their second four-game winning streak of the season and will look to match their longest streak from last year at five games against Western Carolina. Here are some notes comparing numbers against the first five games of the season.
The Hoosiers are dominating the boards winning the battle 38.2 to 28.5 since the Georgia Tech game.
Senior D.J. White is averaging 18.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game during the win streak. He started off the season by averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in the first five contests of the year.
Junior Jamarcus Ellis also has nearly doubled his early season scoring averaging 12.0 the last four games compared to 6.2 in the first five games of the season.
Senior Lance Stemler is averaging 7.8 points during the winning streak.
Senior Mike White has contributed 6.0 points and 5.0 rebounds since pulling off his redshirt against Georgia Tech. He is second on the team to D.J. White with 11 offensive rebounds in the four games.