Dec. 19, 2007
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#13/14Indiana vs. Coppin State
Saturday, December 22, 12:06 p.m.
Assembly Hall (17,357)
Bloomington, Indiana First Meeting
IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)
Big Ten Network (Roger Twibell 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 Coppin State in the fourth of a five-game December homestand, the first ever meeting with CSU. IU has won its last five games and is coming off a 100-52 win over Western Carolina. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 24-game home court winning streak. The Hoosiers have the fourth longest home court winning streak in the nation behind BYU (37) , Memphis (36), and Notre Dame (25) and the 24-game mark is the fourth longest in Assembly Hall history and fifth all-time in IU lore. The Eagles of the Mideastern Athletic Conference are 3-8 after losing at Dayton, 66-34, on December 15. They also will play Friday evening at Marquette. This is just the second meeting between IU and a MEAC school (Florida A&M, 11/21/05). The Hoosiers won that game, 100-63.
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 Sampson is 9-0 all-time against Coppin State.
Coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell is in his 22nd year at Coppin State. He is 345-289 in his 21 seasons at the Baltimore school.
More than 125 individuals representing military families from the Indiana National Guard will be in attendance at Saturday's games thanks to the generous efforts of the Camouflage Kids Organization. The organization, based out of Bristol, Indiana, was created by Jeff Nix, a former assistant coach at Notre Dame and a member of the New York Knicks organization, in 2005. IU Coach Kelvin Sampson is a member of the Board of the Directors of the group which brings families to enjoy college basketball games at IU, Butler, Valpo, Purdue, IPFW, Michigan State, Air Force, Auburn, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame.