Dec. 15, 2006
SIU Game Notes
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team faces Southern Illinois for the first time since 2001 at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers and Salukis are meeting for just the fifth time, and Indiana holds a 3-1 lead in the series. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery (analyst) and Jay Bilas (play-by-play) on the call.
Last Time Out
In a contest that saw 14 lead changes, Indiana suffered a heartbreaking loss to border rival Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. In the 50th meeting between the two powerhouse programs, junior D.J. White led all scorers, tying a career high with 23 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks. Senior Roderick Wilmont scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, registering 13 points.
The Hoosiers tallied a season-high 11 steals and outrebounded their opponent for the eighth time in as many games this season.
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.
Showing Some Swagger
D.J. White stepped up to the plate at Kentucky, showing everyone why he was recognized as a preseason All-Big Ten selection and giving Head Coach Kelvin Sampson a taste of the swagger he has asked White to display. The junior forward matched a career high with 23 points (10-of-19 shooting) to go along with nine rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists in 39 minutes of play.
Entering the game, White held averages of 12.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 27.4 minutes per contest. Following the game, White lifted his team-leading numbers to 13.9 points, 7.9 boards and 2.6 blocks in 28.9 minutes (second on the club) per tilt.
Closing In On 1,600
The Hoosiers are six victories away from reaching the 1,600-win benchmark. Only eight programs can boast that accomplishment, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's and Penn. Indiana owns a 1,594-868 (.647) all-time record in its 107th season of basketball.
In The Polls
Five of the Hoosiers' 2006-07 opponents appear in the Associated Press Top 25 while six made their way into the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Indiana has already faced No. 6/6 Duke and No. 18/18 Butler this season. Additionally, six of IU's foes are receiving votes in the A.P. poll along with three in the coaches' voting.
Crashing The Boards
Despite its hard-fought defeat at Kentucky, IU outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-39, giving it an advantage in the rebounding department for the eighth time in as many games this season. The last time a Hoosier team outrebounded its opponent in eight straight games came during the 1982 (Feb. 25-March 13) and 1983 seasons (Nov. 27-29). Last season, IU won the rebounding battle only 12 times in 31 contests.
The Hoosiers are averaging 39.4 boards per contest and hold a 8.5 advantage over their opponents this season. Indiana owns a 15.0 average on the offensive glass, including a season-best 22 against UK, besting its opponents by 4.4 per contest. Junior forward D.J. White paces the Hoosiers with 7.9 rebounds per game.
This comes as no surprise as Kelvin Sampson-coached teams are known for their rebounding. They have now outrebounded 38 of their last 44 opponents, posting a 30-8 record in the process. Sampson's teams have also been dominant on the offensive glass, outrebounding 33 of their last 36 opponents in that department (22-11), including seven of eight foes this season. Charlotte matched Indiana's 16 tallies.
When looking at the Hoosiers dominance in the post, it is interesting to point out the team's lack of size. At 6-9, D.J. White is the team's only true "big man" as sophomore Ben Allen (6-11) is learning to play on the block and battling illness, and junior forward Lance Stemler (6-8) is the only other contributor rising above 6-6.
Despite the height disadvantage most nights, Indiana continues to enjoy success in the paint. IU has outscored its opponents by an average of 6.1 per game down low and in six of eight games this season.
While the defense and rebounding has shown up all season, there is quite a disparity in Indiana's offensive numbers in the team's five wins and three losses. In the Hoosiers' five wins, the team is averaging 84.0 points, shooting 49.8 percent from the floor and 39.0 percent from beyond the arc. In the team's three losses, those numbers drop to 53.3 points per game, 35.8 percent shooting and 22.9 percent from 3-point range.
Breaking it down even further, junior forward Lance Stemler (13.4 ppg in wins, 3.0 ppg in losses), junior guard A.J. Ratliff (11.8, 3.3), senior guard Earl Calloway (10.8, 5.0) and senior guard Roderick Wilmont (13.4, 9.0) show significant scoring differences in wins vs. losses.