Men's Basketball

    Indiana Takes on IUPUI at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman guard Armon Bassett netted 12 points in the Hoosiers' win over Western Michigan on Dec. 20.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman guard Armon Bassett netted 12 points in the Hoosiers' win over Western Michigan on Dec. 20.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 21, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Looking for its third win in a row heading into the Christmas break, the Indiana men's basketball team heads to Conseco Fieldhouse for the third time this season to face IUPUI at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 22. The Hoosiers and Jaguars are meeting for the first time. ESPN Plus Local will televise the contest, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    In its last outing, five players scored in double figures as the Hoosiers held off a determined Western Michigan squad for a 77-69 victory at Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Earl Calloway led the way with a game-high 20 points, as Indiana moved to 7-3 and picked up its fourth win in five games.

    D.J. White netted his third double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The 12 boards matched a career high for White. Three others finished in double figures for the home squad, with Roderick Wilmont scoring 14, A.J. Ratliff totaling 13 and Armon Bassett netting 12. It marked the third game this season that five IU players have scored 10 points or more.

    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.

    The Indiana-IUPUI Series
    Indiana and IUPUI are meeting for the first time. The Hoosiers own a perfect 12-0 mark against Mid-Continent foes. IU downed its only other Mid-Con opponent this season with a 92-40 drubbing of Western Illinois on Dec. 6.

    IUPUI Last Time Out
    IUPUI hit a season-best 55.6 percent from three-point range on 10-of-18 shooting en route to a 74-57 win over visiting IPFW on Dec. 16.

    Senior guard David Barlow had a monster game with a career-high 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes. Junior Austin Montgomery added 18 points while connecting on all four tries from downtown, as the Jaguars notched their second straight win and completed the season sweep of the Mastodons. The win also pulled IUPUI back to .500 on the year and marked the 500th win in the program's 33-year history.

    Scouting IUPUI
    IUPUI is on a two-game winning streak after defeating Indiana Wesleyan, 66-59, on Dec. 9 and IPFW, 74-57, on Dec. 16. The team is 5-5 on the season, with the Jaguars' last loss coming on Dec. 6 against Illinois, 87-59. IUPUI is 1-3 all-time against Big Ten teams, having beaten Northwestern during the 2002-03 season.

    Three players are averaging in double figures for IUPUI. Senior guard David Barlow, the reigning co-Mid-Continent Player of the Week leads the Jaguars with 15.3 points per game and 21 steals. Junior guard Austin Montgomery has 13.2 points per game, while injured junior George Hill has 11.5 points per game. Senior forward Angelo Smith has pulled down a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game and has 17 blocks on the year.

    Ron Hunter is in his 13th season as the head coach of IUPUI. Last year, he led the Jaguars to their first-ever Mid-Con regular season title and closed the year with an 11-game home winning streak. Hunter is the all-time winningest coach in IUPUI history with a 197-163 (.547) overall record.

    Home Away From Home
    Indiana heads to Conseco Fieldhouse for the third time this season. The Hoosiers split a pair of games in the Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason NIT Season Tip-off, dropping Lafayette, 91-66, before falling to Butler, 60-55.

    IU holds a 70-13 (.843) all-time record in the Circle City, including a 13-5 (.722) mark at Conseco.

    Making Opportunities
    After outscoring Lafayette, 48-15, in points off turnovers in the season opener, the Hoosiers trailed in that category the next five games. Through its first six games, Indiana averaged 18.0 turnovers.

    However, IU set a school record with just three turnovers against Western Illinois, turned it over 11 times the following two contests and posted 10 vs. Western Michigan. During that four-game stretch, Indiana has committed just 8.75 turnovers per game compared to a 19.0 average by its opponents.

    In taking care of the ball and tallying 10.5 steals per contest, the Hoosiers have outscored each opponent in points off turnovers in the last four games by a 14-point average, including a commanding 21-6 edge over Western Michigan.

    Earl The Pearl
    After coming off the bench with 25 active minutes at Kentucky, senior guard Earl Calloway has responded to Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's challenge of putting consecutive productive games together. Including the Kentucky game, Calloway has averaged 29.7 minutes, started the last two ballgames, averaged 10.0 points, three rebounds, three assists, 2.67 steals and turned up the pressure on the defensive end.

    The Atlanta native carded the second 20-point game of his career against Western Michigan, hitting 20 right on the head with the help of 10 free throws in 11 attempts. For his efforts, Calloway was rewarded with a season-high 35 minutes of action.

    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.

    He continued his upward climb with his fifth career double-double against Western Michigan and his third of the season. White poured in 16 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and tied a career high with five blocks in 35 minutes. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., product leads the Hoosiers with 13.5 points, 7.9 boards, 2.6 blocks (first in Big Ten) and 30.2 minutes per tilt.

    Second Helpings
    Trailing 30-27 after 20 minutes against Western Michigan, Indiana scored 50 points in a half for the second time this season (second half vs. Western Illinois) to pull out a 77-69 victory. Shooting just 33 percent in the opening stanza, no Hoosier had more than nine points.

    In the second 20, three Hoosiers registered in double figures led by senior guard Earl Calloway's 16 points, freshman guard Armon Bassett's 12 and senior guard Roderick Wilmont's 11. The trio shot 13-of-20 from the floor as IU hit 58.1 percent of its shots (18-31) - its third-highest percentage this season. Calloway had just four points at half, while Wilmont netted three and Bassett did not score.

    Second Helpings II
    In the four games Armon Bassett has reached double digits, the freshman guard has done the majority of his work in the second half. Bassett is averaging 8.8 points and shooting 50 percent (12-24) in the final 20 minutes of those contests. In the first halves, the Terre Haute, Ind., product is averaging just 3.5 points.

    This discrepancy has been prominent in the last two games. Against Southern Illinois, Bassett scored just two points in the first stanza but finished with 11 overall. In the Western Michigan game, he entered the locker room with no points and finished with 12 on 5-of-7 shooting in half number two.




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